Marty Bicknell

Marty Bicknell

Chief Executive Officer & President

Overland Park, KS

Marty Bicknell is the chief executive officer and president of Mariner and Mariner Wealth Advisors. He also serves on the board of directors for all of Mariner’s subsidiaries.

Prior to forming the firm in 2006, Marty was senior vice president of investments at A.G. Edwards & Sons, where he led a staff of professional financial consultants in providing customized wealth management solutions for public and private corporations, high-net-worth individuals and their families, and charitable organizations. Marty has provided counseling on a wide range of financial matters to small and medium-sized businesses.

As a recognized leader in the field of financial problem solving for companies and their executives, Marty has been a valuable resource for other successful entrepreneurs. He has extensive personal and professional experience in the realm of closely held family businesses and the unique complexities within those types of organizations. From strategic planning for long-term goals, to succession planning and wealth transfer, he brings with him a breadth of knowledge that encourages creative thought and visionary solutions.

Marty has a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

He serves on the board of directors for the KU Advancement Board for the University of Kansas Medical Center and on the MRIGlobal Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is a board member for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. He is also involved in supporting several organizations through his sponsorship and committee participation, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), KU Med Cancer Care, Youth Entrepreneurs, Global Orphan, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Marillac.

Marty was named in Investment Advisor’s 2016 Top 25 Influential People in the investment/financial industry, the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2016 and 2015 Power 100 List and, under Marty’s leadership, Mariner Wealth Advisors ranked #8 on’s Top 10 RIAs of 2015. In 2016, Barron’s ranked Mariner #1 on its inaugural Top 20 Independent Advisory Firms ranking.


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