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Investment Team

Arno O. Mayer, CFA CFP - Image Arno O. Mayer, CFA CFP
Founder/Majority Partner and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer/Chief Compliance Officer

Arno O. Mayer, CFA, CFP, Founder of Financial Trust Asset Management, has been providing investment advisory services since 1986. He founded Financial Trust Asset Management in 1989. 

Arno earned his B.A. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University in 1985 and he has also earned the following designations, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 1989 and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1999.

Mr. Mayer's career includes being the Director of Quantitative Research/Portfolio manager for Steinberg Global Asset Management as well as working as a Vice President at NationsBank/Stevens Nations Funds division covering Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.  Mr. Mayer also ran the mutual fund division of Great Western Bank's Sierra Trust Funds in the State of Florida.

Michael J. Matthews, CFA - Image Michael J. Matthews, CFA
Managing Partner and President/Portfolio Manager

Michael J. Matthews, CFA, is a managing partner at Financial Trust and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s business, including management of the firm’s proprietary investment strategies. Mr. Matthews currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Atlantic University in the Global Masters of Science in Finance and CFA Level 1 Review programs at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches topics including Portfolio Management, Quantitative Methods, Economics, Fixed Income, and Derivatives. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, he earned his B.S. in Finance and Economics from the University of Central Florida while interning at the UCF Foundation where he performed various supporting activities for the university’s endowment. Upon graduating in 2009, Mr. Matthews worked in the proprietary trading industry in both New York City and South Florida. 

John Sessa - Image John Sessa
Financial Analyst

John Sessa is Financial Analyst whose role involves assisting the team in operational and administrative tasks as well as conducting investment-related research.


Mr. Sessa received his B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Florida in 2014. He would later receive his MBA with a dual concentration in Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions from the University of Miami in 2017.


John is passionate about finishing his CFA designation as he is currently studying for his CFA Level 3 examination later this year. Mr.Sessa passed his CFA Level 2 Examination on his first attempt in November 2022.


Before joining Financial Trust, John Sessa was involved in the cryptocurrency industry. Working for a top crypto news outlet, Mr. Sessa has experience writing about current events in the sector and interviewing leaders in the finance and crypto world.