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MISSION

People, Community, and Independence

Culturally, our firm strives to attract the best talent in the industry at every position and empower them to instruct our Leadership Team on how to proceed.

Our firm is dedicated to promoting the welfare of our respective communities through our partnership with Wall Street Unites a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Our Organization is dedicated to the preservation of the small business owner in the independent and registered investment advisory community. We strive to offer the independent and registered advisor lending & funding requisite to compete with industry consolidators who threaten the existence of small business ownership.

For more information on SkyView®, our mission, and to see some of our clients most frequently asked questions, visit our FAQs page

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Nick Barker

Chief Banking Officer
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Nick has a strong background in commercial banking. Before joining SkyView, he led a team of commercial underwriters at a publicly-traded bank. Prior to that role, Nick worked as a commercial underwriter for various banks ranging from small community banks to trillion-dollar asset holders. Throughout his career, Nick has developed and implemented several credit policies, procedures, and models which have featured cash flow and professional service lending. Nick graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas, with a degree in Finance.
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Katie Bruner

Managing Partner
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Katie brings 18 years of experience in the financial services industry to the SkyView Partners team. Most recently, Katie served as a Director - National Accounts at Principal Financial Group for 13 years. She was responsible for cultivating and growing the major independent and regional broker relationships, including LPL, Ameriprise, Ladenburg, and RBC. In her role, Katie was responsible for retaining selling agreements, positioning investments, gaining model portfolio allocations, and navigating the independent channel’s conference calendar. Prior to joining Principal, Katie was employed by Fidelity Investments in their non-profit retirement plan group. Katie graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley.

Securities Exams Passed: Series 7 and 63

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Jayne Christian, CFP

President - Lending
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Jayne has been working in the wealth management industry since 2010 with a specialized background in financial planning.  Prior to starting at SkyView, Jayne worked with Ultra High Net Worth individuals on specialized planning for their unique needs. She brings a level of creativity required for niche sectors obtained during her time as a financial planner.  Jayne also has experience as a Retirement Plan Specialist with Principal and started her career at Merrill Lynch.

Securities Exams Passed: Series 7 and 66

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Ben Collins, CFA

Chief Investment Officer
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Ben has more than nine years of experience in the wealth management industry conducting investment research and analysis. Ben was most recently a portfolio manager and analyst at Merrill Lynch where he conducted investment research and built and managed discretionary model portfolios. He has also spent time as an equity analyst with Provenire Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund, and as a research analyst at Slocum, an institutional consulting firm where he focused on alternative investments and operational due diligence.

Ben holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and is an active member in the CFA® Society Minnesota and CFA® Institute. He received his Bachelor's of Science from the University of Minnesota.

Securities Exams Passed: Series 7 and 66

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Ellen Dobbins

Relationship Manager
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Ellen joined the SkyView team in March of 2021, where she assists in the early stages of the underwriting process through document collection and completion of opportunity memorandums. Ellen also helps manage and optimize SkyView’s CRM as a System Administrator. Before her role at SkyView, Ellen worked in the customer service industry while pursuing an education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. During her time at MSU, Ellen participated in writing research essays and engaged in several volunteer opportunities, which she continues to be a part of today.

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Aaron Hasler

Managing Partner
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Aaron brings 19 years of industry experience, focusing exclusively on advisory practice mergers and acquisitions consulting in the wealth management industry. Prior to SkyView, Aaron founded an M&A Consulting and executive recruiting firm, Northrop Consulting, providing sell-side representation to wealth management firms wherein he developed a strategy entitled Generational Partnerships to promote long-range succession planning with short term growth, and fueled the industry with talent through executive and experienced employee advisor recruiting. Prior to founding his consulting firm, Aaron was a Regional Director of Branch Development with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer. A background in compliance and business process management, as well as developing small to mid-sized businesses allows him to understand the advisor experience and the intricacies of wealth management firms. He has a BA from St. Olaf College where he majored in Economics and minored in English.

Securities Exams Passed: SIE

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Kayla Hagedorn

Associate Managing Director
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Kayla has five years of marketing and communications experience in the financial services industry. In February 2018, Kayla joined the SkyView Partners team. Prior to her role at SkyView Partners, Kayla worked in public relations at Thrivent Financial, followed by a service representative position at Securian Financial. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, specializing in Strategic Communication.

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Chris Jewett

Managing Partner
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Chris has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, Chris served at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor, Assistant Branch Manager, Area Sales Manager, and Complex Sales Manager in the Upper Midwest. Prior to joining SkyView Partners, Chris owned and operated midstream service companies in the energy sector in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. He is very involved with and sits on the board of directors and advisory councils for a number of non-profits and 501c(3) organizations. Chris is an accomplished competitive sailor who has competed both nationally and internationally and won multiple National Sailing Championships. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and graduated from an executive education program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Securities Exams Passed: Series 7, 9, 10, 31, 63, 65, and SIE

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Macy Mayfield

Associate Director
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Macy has a background working in public relations, project management, social media, and marketing. Prior to joining SkyView, Macy worked with clients in the entertainment financial services industry as an independent consultant. Currently, she directs public relations, social media, and event planning for SkyView. Macy attended Texas State University with a concentration in hospitality and public relations.
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Kim McGraw

Chief Marketing Officer
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Kim has over 30 years’ experience in the marketing/design industry. For over 20 years she has served as an independent design consultant for a variety of firms. Prior to owning her own business, Kim worked initially as an Art Director, then became Creative Director at American Express Financial Advisors, partnering with many different parts of the company to help develop their marketing initiatives. She also worked as a Senior Designer for five years at Spangler Design Team. Kim has a B.F.A., Communication Design, from College of Visual Arts.

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Jim Melland

Chief Credit Officer
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Jim has been a part of the SkyView team since 2018 and has 13+ years of experience in commercial banking. He has significant cash flow lending experience, specifically in advisory loans from his tenure as a commercial banker at Anchor Bank. Jim was instrumental in developing a national financial advisory loan program and growing the leveraged lending portfolio at Anchor. Prior to Anchor Bank, Jim spent six years in various credit roles at two community banks. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Cloud State University in Finance. 

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John Merante, CFA

Chief Economist
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John has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Prior to joining SkyView, John served as the Senior Economist and Macro Strategist for Principal Portfolio Strategies, a boutique multi-asset manager with over $90 billion in AUM. Before joining Principal, John worked at Neuberger Berman as the key contact on International and Emerging Markets Equities team for consultants, clients and prospects. John also worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers where he provided financial advice to emerging market governments, including the Finance Ministry and Central Bank of Indonesia in the wake of the Asia Financial Crisis.  Before joining the financial industry, John was a Foreign Service officer and economist at the U.S. Department of State and was posted in Caracas, Bangkok and Washington, D.C.

John was graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in History and received a M.Sc. in Finance from George Washington  University.  He holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Kara Miller

Managing Partner
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Kara has worked in the wealth management industry since 2012. She is experienced in helping late-career advisors establish their ideal legacy plan and identify the pathway to either exit the industry or remain involved with clients well into retirement. Her work with mid-career advisors centers on finding the right buyer or merger partner to achieve immediate liquidity, growth, equity ownership, and expanded career opportunities. Kara has broad experience in helping advisors attract junior partners to create lasting, generational partnerships that establish an eventual successor. Her early career was spent working with blue chip consumer packaged goods companies, and she has a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from the University of Minnesota.

Securities Exams Passed: SIE

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Robert Perry

Chief Financial Officer
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Rob brings a wealth of credit underwriting and bank policy experience to SkyView Partners. Specifically, Rob is one the of the Nation’s leading experts on advisory loans. Prior to joining SkyView Partners, Rob was responsible for creating a lending policy for conventional advisory loan programs at two banks. Rob graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College where he majored in Economics.
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Martin Weber

Sales Desk Manager
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Martin has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, Martin served as an Investment Consultant at Scottrade. Prior to this role, he spent over 16 years as an Investment Executive at Feltl and Company where he helped clients meet their financial goals, created personalized investment portfolios, and raised start up capital for private and public companies. Martin excels in delivering a high level of customer care and service. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Saint Johns University.

Securities Exams Passed: Series 7 and 66

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Scott Wetzel, JD

CEO
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Scott has over 19 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, Scott served as the Senior Director of Wealth Management for Principal Financial Group for 13 years. Scott acquired over $7 billion in assets in his tenure. In 2002, Scott co-founded Locorr - a third-party national distributor of alternative investments. Scott sold his interests and those of all initial capital partners and joined Principal in 2005. In 2006, Scott founded WallSteetUnites.org (WSU), a 501(c)3 that coordinates charitable events for advisors nationwide. In 2017, he received the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award. Scott received his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell and a BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Scott serves on the Forbes Finance Council as a Contributing Editor.

Securities Exams Passed: Series 7, 26, 31, 63 and 79

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Tina Zaryuta

Credit Analyst
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Tina joined SkyView Credit Team in August of 2020. Tina is responsible for managing phase one of the underwriting process. Prior to joining SkyView, Tina worked in financial services firm as a Project Manager. Her responsibilities spanned marketing, financial forecasting and client engagement. Recently, Tina received her BA in Mathematics and Statistics with a specialization in Actuarial Science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.    

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Oscar Zejdlik

APBOE Director
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Oscar started as an intern at SkyView Partners in March of 2019 and quickly progressed through several positions. Oscar’s entrepreneurial endeavors, such as running his own clothing business, has helped him understand structures and strategies as they pertain to business, such as developing strong communication skills, having a clear understanding of how to effectively identify problems and find solutions, as well as possessing a highly creative and adaptable business approach. Oscar currently works as a Director at the Advisory Practice Board of Exchange (APBOE), guiding financial advisors through the account completion process and helping them identify ways to strengthen themselves as buyers during the acquisition process. Oscar is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Marketing in addition to his Series 79 license. 

Securities Exams Passed: SIE

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