Bond Dealers of America


Mike Nicholas
Chief Executive Officer
Bond Dealers of America

Mike Nicholas is CEO of the Bond Dealers of America, the only DC based trade association representing securities dealers and banks focused on the U.S. fixed income markets.  In this role, Mike is responsible for all aspects of BDA growth, strategy and operations.  This includes federal lobbying and advocacy, marketing, communications, member relations and agenda development. Prior to the BDA, Mike spent ten years as Managing Director at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and Vice President at The Bond Market Association.  At SIFMA and the BMA, Mike directed all regional dealer capital markets activities while also managing a variety of other departments including the political action committee, issuer relations and member outreach. Prior to joining the BMA, Mike worked in the fixed income capital markets division at Morgan Keegan & Company in Memphis, Tennessee.  Prior to that, Mike served as the district field representative to former U.S. Representative Don Sundquist.  Mike lives in Vienna, VA with his wife and three children.

Susan Collet
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Bond Dealers of America

Susan Collet is Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the Bond Dealers of America.  She oversees advocacy efforts before Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and other agencies.  Prior to joining the BDA, Susan served as Senior Principal for Government Relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, where she successfully led efforts to develop and enact tax credit bonds for financing utility infrastructure.  In addition, she advanced the interests of municipal utilities for over a decade as an advocate at both the American Public Power Association and the Van Ness Feldman law firm, where she represented the Large Public Power Council.  In these roles, Susan ensured that the tax exemption for municipal bonds would be preserved through new private use relief rules that reflected significant changes in the utility industry.  Susan lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and rescue dog.