ATLANTA -- In an apparent coup for William R. Hough & Co., the St. Petersburg-based regional firm has hired veteran public finance banker Richard Montalbano away from Smith Barney Inc.

Montalbano, who had been a vice president and head of Smith Barney's public finance office in Miami, will be a Hough senior vice president and manage the firm's first Miami-area office, according to W. Robb Hough Jr., president of Hough. Montalbano starts his new job Friday.

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