Barclays Wealth has ramped up its U.S. hiring spree with the addition of seven new investment representatives and a new regional manager.

The new appointments bring Barclays’ total new advisor hires for 2010 to 50. Those seven hires will work from the firm’s Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York offices. The firm has also named a new regional manager to its Palm Beach, Fla., location.

In the Boston office, Barclays has added James Egan and Michael Reiser, both as director and investment representative, and Ria Hart as vice president and investment representative.

Egan joins Barclays from Bernstein Global Wealth Management’s Senior Investment Advisor Group where he served as principal focusing on high-net-worth families. Reiser previously served as a managing director and chief investment officer for the Northeast region at Wilmington Trust. Hart previously held positions at Bingham Legg Advisors, Brown Brothers Harriman and Wellington Management.

In New York, Barclays has named George Kolodka a director and investment representative. Kolodka most recently served as principal and senior advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management.

In Atlanta, Barclays has added Jamie Weeks and Hunter Hamm as investment representatives. Weeks previously worked with managed account, mutual fund and hedge fund sales in the Southeast at UBS Global Asset Management. Hamm most recently served as a financial advisor in the private wealth management division at UBS Financial Services.

In Chicago, Barclays has appointed Michael Schwartz to the role of vice president and investment representative. Schwartz most recently led a team of advisors for business owners and high net worth families at JP Morgan Private Wealth Management.

In addition, Barclays has named John Cregan to the position of director and regional manager in Palm Beach, Fla. Cregan previously served as chief executive and portfolio manager at Chicago wealth management firm Hotchkiss Associates.

Barclays Wealth, with offices in more than 20 countries, had a total of $251 billion in client assets under management as of September 30.


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