BDA Hires Michael Decker as Head of Federal Policy and Research; Brett Bolton to Head of Government and Industry Relations
Washington, D.C. – March 2, 2020—The Bond Dealers of America today announced it has hired Michael Decker as SVP, Federal Policy and Research. In this role, Michael will focus on federal regulatory and legislative policy in addition to fixed-income market practices, research and surveys. Michael formerly was co-head of the municipal bond division at SIFMA from 2009 through 2019. Michael helped found the Regional Bond Dealers Association—the predecessor to the BDA—along with Mike Nicholas in 2008. Prior to that Michael was managing director and head of research at SIFMA and formerly at the Bond Market Association.
Brett Bolton’s role is VP and Head of Government and Industry Relations at BDA with a predominant focus on federal legislative and regulatory issues, while also managing BDA member committees focused on the municipal market and federal tax issues.
“There is no better, more complete team of fixed income advocacy professionals, built to ensure tangible representation for all member firms. The team of Brett Bolton, Michael Decker and myself represents the past three decades of fixed income advocacy for dealers and banks active in the US fixed income markets. BDA’s advocacy team will deliver tangible results for all BDA member firms,” said Mike Nicholas, CEO of the Bond Dealers of America.
Leveraging 12 years of advocacy success, the BDA is building out a complete staff for comprehensive advocacy and representation for securities dealers and banks active in the US fixed income markets. That includes federal regulatory and legislative advocacy, market practices, research and surveys, industry-leading events and more.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the staff of the BDA. They are a strong and influential organization, as indicated by their membership growth and their successes in fixed income advocacy over the past twelve years. I look forward to working with BDA’s members and staff to promote public policies that will make the US bond markets better for all participants,” Michael Decker said.
“Speaking for the BDA Board, we are excited to build out this team, adding Michael in-house while streamlining Brett’s role to further capitalize on his background and strengths. This group’s experience and industry knowledge will expand and enhance the BDA’s focus, resulting in stronger overall advocacy,” stated Angelique David, BDA Board Chair, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Ziegler.
The Bond Dealers of America is the Washington, DC based trade association that exclusively represents securities dealers and banks whose primary focus is the U.S. bond markets. We work passionately to promote public policies and market practices that improve the market environment while also providing a forum for its members to learn, collaborate, debate and discuss issues of common interest. The BDA acts as a clearinghouse for industry information and issues and provides educational opportunities for industry professionals through conferences, seminars and roundtables. By supporting the interests and prosperity of our members, we help to strengthen the companies, municipalities and investors who depend on them for both access to market liquidity and to raise the capital they need to grow and prosper.
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