Watts joins Pyxis from Destra Capital Investments, where he was the national sales manager for RIA and institutional distribution throughout the U.S. Previously, he spent 16 years in a variety of traditional and alternative asset management businesses, including sales leadership and business development roles at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Janus Capital Group.
Watts has extensive product and distribution experience across the alternative landscape including the development and distribution of one of the first 1940 Act registered fund of hedge funds. He has been instrumental in helping to establish the role of liquid alternatives in intermediary distribution.
As head of national sales, Watts will lead a growing sales and client service team that is focused on the firm’s offerings in alternative mutual fund strategies. An increased appetite for alternative strategies among advisers is driving the expansion of the sales force, which is expected to grow to more than 20 sales professionals by year-end.
Watts holds a bachelor’s of science in technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and was also a captain in the United States Marine Corps.
“Keith brings a wealth of industry knowledge and skill to our team, and a record of successfully building great sales teams at leading asset management firms,” said Brad Ross, president of Pyxis Capital.
Pyxis Capital, in Dallas, is a registered investment adviser serving advisers, institutions, and individual investors seeking registered alternative investment solutions.