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Charles SicklesCharles Sickles is Executive Vice President, Managing Director, Head of Wholesale Distribution for the Investment Consulting and Distribution Group (ICAD) at Advisors Asset Management (AAM).

In this role, Charles is responsible for creating and executing the sales strategy for AAM’s full suite of asset management investment solutions, as well as directing the field activities of AAM’s national external and internal wholesaling teams. Charles joined AAM from BlackRock, where he served as Northeast Divisional Director for the Merrill Lynch channel. Prior to BlackRock, Charles served in a variety of senior leadership roles over the course of a 25-year career at Merrill Lynch, including his final role as National Sales Manager for the Managed Solutions Group. Charles began his career in the financial services industry in 1989, and has obtained the Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses in addition to being a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) since 2008.

Brian AustinBrian Austin is the Senior Vice President, Western Divisional Sales Manager for Advisors Asset Management (AAM). Brian entered the financial services industry in 2001. After starting as a retail financial advisor, Brian transitioned his career to the distribution side of the Asset Management industry in 2006. Since then, he has held roles as an internal wholesaler, hybrid wholesaler, and for nearly 10 years as a territory-based wholesaler with Oppenheimer Funds and then Eaton Vance. In 2018, Brian joined AAM as the Director of Internal Sales where he led a team of more than 30 sales professionals. He has experience with many product vehicles including: Mutual Funds, Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF), Unit Investment Trusts, Separately Managed Accounts and private placements. Brian enjoys the challenge of being more strategic in the sales process to leverage all of the firm’s resources.

Brian is passionate about constant improvement, personal and professional. Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1995. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters. When not with family or at work, Brian enjoys endurance athletics. He has completed eight marathons, six ultra-marathons (100k, 50mile, 50k) and several triathlons, including Ironman Texas. Brian holds the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 FINRA Licenses.

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Patrick FlynnPatrick Flynn is Director of Internal Sales at Advisors Asset Management, Inc (AAM). With 35 years in the financial services industry, Pat started his career as a wholesaler for nine years covering Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona, and New Mexico. He became the National Sales Manager for Meridian Investment Management in 1996 and moved his family to Colorado. Pat also worked as a Divisional Sales Manager for Fidelity Advisor Funds and OppenheimerFunds. He has hired, managed and coached outside and inside sales teams for 20 years.

Pat enjoys working with sales professionals to service the advisor community. He is responsible for the development, coaching, and training the Inside sales team at Advisors Asset Management.

Pat completed his undergraduate studies at University of Southern California where he received a B.S. in Finance. Pat and his wife Linda live in San Antonio, TX. He holds the Series 7, 22, 24, 63, 65 and the SIE.