Highland Capital Management has hired six regional sales directors in the Pacific Northwest, Florida, North Texas, Long Island, the Midwest and Southeast, and expanded its sales team at its home office in Dallas.

Anthony Wilson (San Francisco), Derek Andersen (Florida), Kevin Wentworth (Texas), Joseph Kearney (Long Island), Chris Shahda (Atlanta) and Tom Antonovich (Minneapolis) join the firm’s growing team of sales professionals.

Highland said it expects to continue its expansion to a total of 30 sales professionals over the next year and has additional plans to add a director of marketing later this year.

Most recently, Wilson was Western Division Director for Artio Global Management and previously held similar levels of responsibility at IndexIQ and Turner Investment Partners.

Andersen joins Highland from The Hartford, where he was regional marketing director for South Florida and Puerto Rico.

Wentworth most recently served as an external wholesaler for Hartford Mutual Funds. Kearney, served as a regional wholesaler for AllianceBernstein and Shahda also hails from Hartford Mutual Funds.

And Antonovich was an advisor consultant for Hartford Mutual Funds, where he served the independent, bank, and regional firms in Minnesota.

“We’re very excited to round out our regional coverage,” said Brad Ross, president of Highland Capital Funds Management. “The team’s experience is critical to expanding our presence with sophisticated advisors and firms that are driving the growth in liquid alternatives.”

In addition, Highland has also relocated and expanded its internal sales team to its home office in Dallas, adding seven new members to the team led by Justin O’Brien, formerly of Fidelity Investments.

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