Stifel Capital Management

Meet Our Team

Adam Topalian

Adam V. Topalian, AIF®

Chief Investment Officer

(212) 328-1685 | [email protected]
Adam is the Chief Investment Officer of Stifel Capital Management. He has over 40 years of experience in the fixed income markets, including the past 15 years as a portfolio manager. Adam joined Stifel, SCM’s parent company, in December 2015 upon its acquisition of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Americas.

Prior to his current role at Stifel, Adam was a Senior Portfolio Manager with Barclays Fixed Income Portfolio Management, where he managed core municipal, tax-responsive, and core taxable portfolio strategies.

Adam joined Barclays in September 2008 as part of its acquisition of Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management business in the Americas.

Prior to joining Barclays, Adam was the Senior Fixed Income Strategist for Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management, Manager of the Fixed Income Portfolio Advisory Group, and a member of Lehman Brothers' Asset Allocation Committee. In these roles, he authored the “Fixed Income Insights” market strategy report, contributed to Portfolio Advisory’s “Investment Insights” publication, and participated in final asset allocation recommendations. In addition, Adam advised and provided customized portfolio strategies to ultra-high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporations with respect to fixed income investments. He joined Lehman Brothers in 2005.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers Private Investment Management, Adam was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. He spent 11 years managing the Individual Investor Group's Fixed Income Market and Portfolio Strategy groups and the firm's Private Wealth Management municipal bond business.

Previously, Adam spent nine years in Smith Barney's Fixed Income Division as a municipal bond and mortgage-backed securities trader, as well as a portfolio strategist. He began his investment industry career in 1983 in municipal bond sales for S.A. Ramirez & Co.

Adam is Series 7, 16, 24, 50, 53, and 66 registered with FINRA and holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation.
Michael Spero

Michael Spero

Chief Compliance Officer

(301) 941-2439 | [email protected]
Mr. Spero joined the firm's parent company, Stifel Financial, in April 2021 where he serves as a Deputy Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Stifel Financial, Mike was a Compliance & Risk Control Manager with Freddie Mac. Mike has more than 20 years of experience in financial services compliance, including compliance positions with UBS, KBC Financial Products, JPMorgan, New Mountain Capital, Tiger Legatus Capital Management as Chief Compliance Officer, and FrontLine Compliance.
Cindi Perez

Cindi T. Pérez

President, Chief Operating Officer

(415) 364-6088 | [email protected]
Cindi is President and Chief Operating Officer of SCM. She joined Stifel in 2010 through its acquisition of Thomas Weisel Partners (TWP). At TWP and Stifel, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for several asset management affiliates, including Montibus Capital Management, Sagewood Asset Management, Washington Crossing Advisors, and Thomas Weisel Global Growth Partners.

Cindi has more than 35 years of experience in financial services, including tenures as Marketing Director for Thomas Weisel Asset Management and Chief Product Officer at Scudder Weisel Capital. Prior to Scudder Weisel, Cindi served as the Chief Marketing Officer at meVC, Inc. and Vice President of Retail Marketing for GT Global/LGT Asset Management mutual funds in the U.S.

Cindi earned a B.A. from Hollins University.