James Hickey

Mr. Hickey serves as chief investment strategist for HD Vest Financial Services®, shaping the firm’s investment policy, executing investment strategies, developing investment products and leading portfolio creation and management for HD Vest’s network of independent advisors. Additionally, Mr. Hickey provides insights to HD Vest advisors about the implications of macroeconomic changes.

Mr. Hickey brings more than 23 years of financial services and insurance industry experience to the firm, having most recently spent time as vice president and portfolio manager for Boston-based FDO Partners LLC, a $3 billion quant investment firm founded by Harvard Business School Professor Ken Froot.

Before joining FDO Partners, Mr. Hickey served as chief executive and chief investment officer at Houston-based RiverRock Group, an investment firm and family office.

Mr. Hickey and his wife Shay have six kids and nine pets. Mr. Hickey has finished the 155-mile Marathon des Sables foot race in the Sahara desert and is an Ironman finisher.

Mr. Hickey holds FINRA series 7, 24, 27, 66 and 79 licenses and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®. He earned his Master of Business Administration, with high honors, from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree, with high honors, from Harvard University.