Marty Bicknell

Chief Executive Officer & President

Experience and Education

As the CEO and president of Mariner Wealth Advisors, Marty drives the strategic direction and growth strategies, analyzing and anticipating market trends and future opportunities for the firm. As a recognized leader in wealth management, he devises innovative solutions to help meet the needs of our clients. He has extensive personal and professional experience with closely held family businesses and their unique complexities. He often mentors other successful entrepreneurs.

Marty, along with seven others, founded Mariner Wealth Advisors in 2006 with a goal of keeping the client at the center of all we do. He wanted to build a firm that could simplify our clients’ lives by having all the resources they need under one roof. The day the doors opened, Marty made the promise to put the clients’ interests before anything else…a promise he still holds dear to this day.

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


Marty was named in Investment Advisor’s 2016 Top 25 Influential People in the investment/financial industry, the Kansas City Business Journal’s Power 100 List from 2014-2019. Under Marty’s leadership, Mariner Wealth Advisors has had the privilege of being ranked in the top five Registered Independent Advisory Firms by Barron’s from 2016-2020.

Personal Interests

He serves on the board of directors for the KU Advancement Board for the University of Kansas Medical Center, Snappy Kraken 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), The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Marillac campus, Youth Entrepreneurs, Global Orphan Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The Investment Advisor’s editorial staff selected nominees based upon the impact they have had and will continue to have on investing, practice management, technology, psychology and the regulatory universe in which all advisors operate. The Kansas City Business Journal’s Power 100 list is purely subjective. The people on the list are those that can call anyone in the business and civic communities and have that call returned. This power may come from the number of people they employ, the resources they control or the influence they wield in the community. The Power 100 fits with a central mission of the Kansas City Business Journal. The Power 100 is compiled to provide information on the people you need to know to operate in Kansas City business.

Barron’s awarded the 2020 #5, 2019 #4 and 2018 #3 Top RIA Firms ranking to Mariner Wealth Advisors based on data compiled for Mariner Wealth Advisors and the 2017 #2 and 2016 #1 rankings to Mariner Holdings based upon data compiled for Mariner Holdings’ registered investment adviser subsidiaries. The number of firms included in the rankings were: 20 (2016), 30 (2017), 40 (2018), 50 (2019) and 100 (2020). Barron’s publishes these lists based upon a number of criteria and the firms’ filings with the SEC were used to cross-check the data provided to Barron’s. The listing includes the firms’ numbers of clients, employees, advisors, offices and state locations. The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success. Registration of an investment advisor does not imply a certain level of training or skill.

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