The Expertise to Get the Job Done
American Beacon Advisors, Inc. began providing short-term fixed-income client services as an independent entity in November 1986. Prior to that, our investment officers successfully managed the operating funds of the treasury department of a major U.S. corporation. Their investment success led to the formal creation of AMR Investments (our predecessor firm) to provide business management, advisory, administrative and asset management consulting services to other institutional investors. The American Beacon Funds were created and made available to the general investing public in 1987.
Gene L. Needles, Jr.
Chairman, President and CEO
Gene L. Needles, Jr. serves as Chairman, President and CEO of American Beacon Advisors and as President of the American Beacon Funds. He is a member of the Board of Directors of American Beacon Advisors and its affiliated companies. Prior to joining American Beacon in 2009, he served as President of Touchstone Investments, part of the Western & Southern Financial Group. From 1993 through 2007, Mr. Needles was with AIM Investments, progressing from Regional Vice President to President and CEO of AIM Distributors in 2004. In this role, he was responsible for distributing products that included mutual funds, exchange traded funds, separate accounts, variable annuities, sub-advised portfolios, collective trusts, offshore funds, retirement plans and college savings plans. In addition, he worked as a Vice President at Putnam Investments and MetLife State Street before moving to AIM. Mr. Needles received his B.A. in English from Iowa State University in 1978.
Jeffrey K. Ringdahl
Chief Operating Officer
Jeffrey K. Ringdahl serves as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of American Beacon Advisors and its affiliated companies. Prior to joining American Beacon in 2010, Mr. Ringdahl spent six years with Western & Southern Financial Group, including Vice President of Product Management for the company’s mutual fund subsidiary, Touchstone Investments. Mr. Ringdahl’s experience also includes investment and operational roles with Fidelity Investments and State Street Global Advisors. Mr. Ringdahl received his B.A. in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Rosemary K. Behan
Vice President, Legal and Compliance
Rosemary K. Behan joined American Beacon in January 2006 as Vice President, Legal and Compliance. Prior to joining American Beacon, Ms. Behan served as Assistant General Counsel of First Command Financial Planning, Inc., a financial planning organization registered with FINRA as a broker-dealer and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an Investment Adviser. Ms. Behan also worked in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from February 1995 to June 2004 and was an associate attorney at the law firm of Cantey & Hanger, LLP, in Fort Worth, Texas, from September 1990 to February 1995. From 1989 to 1990, she served as a Briefing Attorney for the Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial District of Texas. Ms. Behan received her J.D. from St. Mary’s University in 1989 and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983. Ms. Behan is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Brian E. Brett, CFP®
Vice President Sales, Head of Distribution
Brian E. Brett is Head of Distribution for American Beacon Advisors, and serves as Vice President of the American Beacon Funds. Mr. Brett has overall responsibility for the management of the Company’s institutional, retail, fixed income, and private equity sales. A former sales executive with Neuberger Berman, he managed the sales and servicing of National and Key Accounts across two regions. Previously, he served as Branch Manager for Fidelity Investments and National Sales Manager for Arthur Andersen. Mr. Brett received his BBA from Texas A&M University in Accounting and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ® Certificant. He holds Series 3, 7, 8, 24 and 63 licenses, serves as a FINRA Supervising Principal and is a Texas Real Estate Broker. He also serves on the Texas A&M Financial Advisory Board.
Erica B. Duncan
Vice President, Marketing & Client Services
Erica Duncan serves as Vice President, Marketing & Client Services for American Beacon Advisors. Prior to joining American Beacon in 2011, Ms. Duncan spent six years with Invesco (formerly AIM Investments), beginning as a Financial Writer in the Marketing Communications department and most recently as a Branding and Advertising Manager. While at Invesco, she collaborated with Product Management and Sales to develop marketing materials to support mutual funds for retail and institutional clients. Ms. Duncan earned an MBA from Rice University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Smith College.
Michael W. Fields
Chief Fixed Income Officer
Michael W. Fields currently serves as the Chief Fixed Income Officer of American Beacon Advisors and as a Vice President of the American Beacon Funds. Upon graduating from Manhattan College, Mr. Fields started his career in New York City at Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, a public accounting firm. A few years later, he joined American Airlines and served in several different capacities ranging from a Manager of Accounting to a Director in Corporate Finance. He was part of the American Airlines’ corporate relocation from New York City to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in 1979. In 1986, Mr. Fields co-authored the business plan that lead to the creation of American Beacon Advisors and is a founding member of the firm. Additionally, Mr. Fields has served on a credit union’s Board of Directors as well as a mutual fund’s Board of Trustees.
Melinda G. Heika
Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Melinda G. Heika serves as Chief Financial Officer for American Beacon Advisors and as Treasurer of the American Beacon Funds. She is responsible for directing the organization’s financial activities, including treasury, accounting, tax, audit, financial planning, financial control and oversight of the mutual fund accounting agent. Ms. Heika joined American Beacon Advisors in July 1997 serving as a Senior Analyst and Controller. Prior to joining American Beacon Advisors, she managed financial reporting for Liberte’ Investors Inc. and First Nationwide Bank. Ms. Heika started her career with Ernst & Young after receiving a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Central Michigan University. Ms. Heika is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas.
Terri L. McKinney
Vice President, Enterprise Services
Terri L. McKinney serves as Vice President, Enterprise Services for American Beacon Advisors. She is responsible for the operational processes and information technology systems for American Beacon Advisors and its investment products. Ms. McKinney joined American Beacon Advisors in June 1996 as Director of Marketing. Prior to joining American Beacon Advisors, she managed the Equity Administration team for Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York. Ms. McKinney started her career with the investment management firm of Fayez Sarofim & Co. after receiving a BBA in Business Broadcasting and Marketing from Baylor University.
Vice President, Fixed Income Investments
Sam Silver serves as Vice President, Fixed Income Investments of American Beacon Advisors and as a Vice President of the American Beacon Funds. Mr. Silver has been in the investment business since 1987 and has served as Senior Portfolio Manager of the stable value portfolios of American Beacon since 1999, including money market funds and separate accounts. Prior to joining American Beacon Advisors, he held various fixed-income positions with Koch Industries, Inc. for two years and Fidelity Investments for 10 years. Mr. Silver received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas.
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