BDA Leadership and Staff

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.

Brett Bolton
Vice President of Federal Legislative & Regulatory Policy
Bond Dealers of America

Brett Bolton is the Vice President of Federal Legislative and Regulatory Policy at the Bond Dealers of America where he is responsible for analyzing federal legislative and regulatory policy and staffs the Municipal Bond Division and the Fixed Income Legal and Compliance Committee.

Prior to joining BDA, Mr. Bolton was a Principal Associate of Federal Advocacy at the National League of Cities (NLC) where he lobbied on state and local tax and finance and intergovernmental relations at the federal level. Prior to NLC, Mr. Bolton served as the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for the State of Florida’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to his lobbying work, Mr. Bolton served on Capitol Hill in the office of U.S. Representative Steve Southerland. He earned a Bachelors degree from Samford University and a Masters degree from the Florida State University’s   Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.


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