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Scott Colyer is a highly respected and recognized portfolio manager with over 35 years of industry experience. Mr. Colyer has been the CEO of AAM since 1998. He also served as the Chief Investment Officer for 23 years and remains actively involved in the investment management process, implementing income strategies, and sharing insights on macro and micro economic trends while spending more time on long-term strategic development.

An accomplished fixed income strategist and investment counselor, Scott’s insight is frequently featured in leading financial media, including Bloomberg, Barrons, The Bond Buyer, Business Week, CNBC, CNNMoney, Fortune magazine, Fox Business TV, InvestmentNews, MarketWatch, Pensions & Investments, TheStreet.com and The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Colyer received his Bachelor’s Degree from Pittsburg State University in 1982. He earned his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from Washburn University School of Law in 1985.


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Cliff serves as the President and Chief Investment Officer of AAM. He joined the firm in 2021, bringing a 35-year reputation for strategic leadership and his deep understanding of the financial markets. He is responsible for overseeing asset allocation and investment management across the firm’s $39.3 billion* in assets and the day-to-day management of AAM.

Prior to AAM, Cliff was founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Cutwater Asset Management, a fixed income specialist boutique which grew to over $50 billion in assets under management under his tenure. Over his 20 years leading Cutwater, Cliff created several unique investment products and solutions across a spectrum which included investments in corporate, real estate, asset backed, and structured credit across both public and private markets. Cutwater developed a reputation as a leader in alternative lending and structured credit strategies focused on income, diversification and alpha generation. In January 2015, Cliff led the strategic acquisition by BNY Mellon (BNYM) of Cutwater which merged with BNYM’s largest affiliate Insight Investment, a global fixed income leader with over $1 trillion in AUM. While at Insight Investment, Cliff held positions as CEO of Insight, North America as well as Executive Chairman and was a member and Chair of various Investment Committees including the Corporate Loan, Real Estate, and Illiquid Credit Committees. Prior to Cutwater, Cliff served as a senior multi-sector fixed income portfolio manager at Alliance Capital Management.

Throughout his career, he has also served as a credit analyst, lender, restructuring specialist and trader. He is sought after for his views on markets regularly by Bloomberg, Barron’s, CNBC and Fox Business News. Mr. Corso graduated from Yale University with a degree in economics and earned an MBA from Columbia University. He currently holds Series 3, 7, 24, and 63 licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Jim is responsible for AAM’s Capital Markets Groups, including trading and money managers. Mr. Costas has over 30 years of trading experience, previously serving as Vice President, Trader for both EF Hutton and Prudential Securities. In addition, he served as a Director at SunTrust Bank before joining Advisors Asset Management in 2002.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and holds a Series 7, 24, 53, 63, and 66 professional designations.

Bart Daniel is the Chief Technology Officer for Advisors Asset Management (AAM) and is responsible for all aspects of AAM online, including product design, online trading and social media. Mr. Daniel has over 17 years of experience working with online financial tools, technology, and trading platforms with a specialized focus on Fixed Income.

Previously, Mr. Daniel was a Vice President of Product Management for Valubond, Inc. (now Knight BondPoint). Prior to that he was a Senior Product Manager for Barra, Inc., and before that the Director of Operations for Bond Express, one of the first dealer-to-dealer Fixed Income trading systems in the industry. Mr. Daniel attended Humboldt State University and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Marilee Ferone is Executive Vice President, Head of Asset Management Solutions at Advisors Asset Management, Inc (AAM). In this role, Marilee oversees the product development efforts across Separate Accounts, Mutual Funds, UITs, ETFs and the Strategic Partnership Group and the relationships with AAM’s asset management partners. Prior to this role, Marilee was Head of Strategic Partnerships at AAM covering advisory program and brokerage solutions.

Marilee joined AAM in 2018 from UBS Global Wealth Management where she was the Head of Advisory Solutions & Consulting and also held senior management positions at JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch.

Marilee serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors for the Money Management Institute, the industry association representing financial services firms that provide financial advice and investment advisory solutions to investors.

Marilee holds the Series 7, 66 and 24 FINRA licenses, and a BS in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Chris is Managing Director at AAM. Chris joined the company in February 2001 as the Manager of the firm’s New York Office and one of our Advisor Service Teams. He currently oversees AAM’s in-house asset management sales efforts. Prior to joining AAM, Chris spent eight years as a municipal bond salesman and three years as a research analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.

In 1987, Chris completed his undergraduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University, where he received a BS in Finance and Economics. Later he earned an MBA degree, from the Lubin School of Business Administration at Pace University. He also holds the Series 7, 24, 53, 63, 65 and 79 FINRA licenses.


Matt Lloyd serves as Chief Investment Strategist and Executive Vice President at Advisors Asset Management Inc. (AAM).

With nearly 30 years of industry experience, Matt utilizes key economic indicators, consumer behavior, and cognitive dissonance to uncover trends and strategic opportunities. His passion and insight for examining and deciphering macro events and their impact on investors has been featured in numerous financial and media outlets, with guest appearances on programs such as CNBC and Fox Business. Matt’s commentary regularly appears in prominent publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Forbes, and Investment News.

In addition to his thought leadership, Matt is Executive Vice President, Advisor Consulting and Structured Products, where he leads AAM’s capital markets sales and business effort. Matt works closely with the Capital Markets Sales Team to create a collaborative work environment that seeks to deliver appropriate and timely portfolio solutions while growing AAM’s distribution platform.

Matt holds a degree in Economics with an emphasis in Business, Math, and Psychology from the University of Kansas. He currently holds Series 7, 8, 63, 65, and 66 FINRA licenses.

Mr. Opie is Chief Financial Officer at Advisors Asset Management, Inc. (AAM). Jeff has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining AAM, Jeff worked at Incapital LLC for over six years, where he most recently held the title of Controller. He also spent six years at Grant Thornton LLP in the assurance practice concentrating on the financial services industry.

Jeff holds a BBA in Accounting and Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Series 27 licensed.

Charles Sickles is Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution 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.

Rich Stewart is an Executive Vice President at Advisors Asset Management, Inc. (AAM). He is responsible for all aspects of the UIT business, including product development, sponsor services, trading, and product training for the sales team.

Prior to joining AAM, Rich was the UIT Product Manager for UBS Financial Services, Inc., where he was responsible for over $4 billion in UIT assets. Mr. Stewart also represented UBS as a member of the Investment Company Institute’s Unit Investment Trust Committee.

Rich is currently a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society New York. He also represents AAM on the UIT Committee at NICSA. He earned his BS and MBA from Fordham University and received the CFA designation in 1997.

Tim is an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at AAM. He is responsible for AAM's Finance, Human Resources and Compliance functions, as well as the firm's corporate development initiatives.

Tim has over 25 years business experience in senior executive and financial roles at a variety of public and private companies, primarily in the financial services and telecommunications industry. Prior to joining AAM, Tim was CFO and Co-Founder of Clearbrook Financial, and prior to that was CFO of RCN Corporation.

Tim holds a BS in Engineering and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

John Webber is the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of the Board. He joined Advisors Asset Management in 2006 as the firm’s Assistant Vice President for Compliance. In 2011, Mr. Webber was promoted to the role of Chief Compliance Officer. Since that time, he has been responsible for the firm’s compliance efforts across all of the firm’s business lines.

Prior to joining AAM, John served as a compliance examiner for FINRA in their Los Angeles and New York offices. During John’s five years at FINRA, he conducted more than 100 examinations and played a key role in several high profile Enforcement actions. Previously, John served in various capacities at an anti-trust and securities class action law firm in New York. John earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2001 and a B.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1997.


*As of September 30, 2023, the brokerage and advised business at AAM represents approximately $39.3 billion in assets. (Assets under supervision represent $5.2 billion in UIT assets. The firm has $30.5 billion in assets under administration that represents the non-proprietary assets for which AAM provides various levels of service, but not management. The firm's $3.6 billion in assets under management represents AAM's proprietary separately managed account, mutual fund and ETF assets.)
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