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CION expands team with two new hires

CION Investments has hired Robert Nicholson and Andre Hatibi as senior vice presidents. Previously, Nicholson worked at Commerce Group while Hatibi was senior vice president at S2K Financial.



CION Investments (“CION”) announced that Robert Nicholson and Andre Hatibi have joined as Senior Vice Presidents.

Rob has 20 years of financial services experience. Rob was most recently with Commerce Group, a boutique financial services consulting firm focused on advising Private Equity, Sovereign Investors, Broker-Dealers, RIAs, Hedge Funds, Family Offices, Pension and Insurance Companies on capital markets initiatives. Prior to Commerce Group Rob was Senior Vice President with Cole Capital where he ultimately headed the RIA and Institutional divisions. Prior to Cole Capital, Rob held wholesaling roles at Hines and Wells Real Estate. He earned a MBA from Columbia Business School; a MBA from London Business School and a B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Rob currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

“Rob comes to CION with an impeccable reputation in the sponsor and intermediary channel for conceptualizing, developing and building distribution,” said Douglas Crossman, Head of Distribution for CION Securities. “As we expand our product offerings and continue expansion of our distribution capabilities, Rob’s vast experience and depth of knowledge across the intermediary channel will help us execute on various deliverables and channel opportunities,” added Mark Gatto, co-CEO of CION Investments.

In addition, Andre Hatibi has joined CION with nearly 20 years of financial services experience. Andre was most recently Senior Vice President at S2K Financial leading a diverse set of initiatives to assist in the formation, development and launch of a start up distribution company focused on alternative investments. Prior to S2K Andre was Senior Vice President at Realty Capital Securities where he held various sales management positions with increasing responsibilities culminating in being named National Sales Manager of the Regional/Wirehouse channel where he lead all business development and distribution efforts to on-board and advance relationships with a select group of broker dealers. Prior to that, Andre held wholesaling positions at The Hartford and American Skandia/Prudential Annuities. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses.

“Andre has a unique and diverse skill set in launching and managing a start up distribution franchise as well as leading a seasoned team of distribution professionals across the intermediary channel,” remarked Michael A. Reisner. “We are excited to have individuals of Rob and Andre’s caliber join CION to increase our presence with existing intermediary clients as well as developing new relationships,” continued Michael A. Reisner.

CION Investments is a leading manager of alternative investment solutions that focus on alternative credit strategies for individual investors. The firm currently manages CION Investment Corp., a leading BDC with approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management and sponsors, through CION Ares Management, LLC, CION Ares Diversified Credit Fund (“CADEX). Its affiliated broker-dealer, CION Securities, LLC, distributes its offerings. CION Investments is headquartered in New York. For more information please visit