James Yount

President, Senior Managing Director

A leading expert in the creation of advisor distribution groups, James Yount is responsible for the development and implementation of Destra’s intermediary relationship strategy. He brings his industry foresight and unique selling skills to the firm after forging long-term relationships with clients throughout the financial services industry.

James is a former Managing Director and National Sales Manager for Goldman Sachs' Wirehouse and Edward Jones Channel, where he displayed a unique combination of professionalism, integrity, and industry knowledge in earning the trust of clients. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, James built advisor distribution groups at both Janus Capital and Hines Real Estate Securities. At Janus, he served as the Senior Vice President of Global Consulting Services, managing the domestic intermediary distribution of Janus products both internally and externally. At Hines, James acted as the Western Regional Sales Manager for the firm, helping build a new sales and distribution team that distributed the company's first public offering to advisors. James also spent 10 years at Van Kampen Investments, holding the positions of Regional Wholesaler for the Pacific Northwest and California and Regional Director for 12 of Van Kampen's western regional wholesalers.