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Rick Smyth, CFA

Founder and Managing Director


Mariam Bayatan

Senior Research Associate

Rick Smyth, CFA

Founder and Managing Director

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With over 30 years experience, Rick's expertise has developed through diverse financial markets, economic cycles, and geopolitical environments. 

Throughout his career he has mastered the knowledge across fields of finance, investments, and capital markets, combined with leadership, management, and corporate governance.  All aspects of the organization are guided by stewardship to manage clients successfully to navigate the perpetually changing landscape of financial advisory, wealth management, and family office services. 

Rick earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California and graduate degree at the University of Chicago.  He attended an executive program at the Stanford Law School, earned his Chartered Financial Analyst, and completed his studies at the University of California at Los Angeles for the Certified Financial Planner program.

Prior to launching Aionios, Rick was at Franklin Templeton Investments, an adjunct professor, and visiting lecturer at five universities in California.  Rick is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Center for Finance and Economics at Anderson University teaching investments, investment analysis, portfolio management, and derivatives. During his career he has consulted and collaborated with large institutions, corporations, family offices, and leaders in academia. 

Rick currently serves on the Board of the Anderson Sertoma Club which sends underprivileged and hearing impaired kids from throughout the State of South Carolina to Camp Sertoma located at the Clemson University Outdoor Lab, Board of the Anderson County Museum as treasurer, a member of the Anderson Rotary Club, and the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce.  He supports the community in numerous activities including volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and local schools with the Rotary Club.  Rick attends and is very involved with serving at his church, NewSpring, in Anderson, South Carolina. 

Mariam Bayatan

Ms. Bayatan is a rising junior at Anderson University  in South  Carolina.  She is studying financial economics at the Center for Finance and Economics.  She currently helps manage the Cauthen Fund for the University.  Ms. Bayatan is on the Women's Tennis team and has played competitively from a very young age.  She is from Armenia, emigrated to Argentina, and then to the United States for college leaning to speak five languages along the way.

At Aionios Capital Partners, Ms. Bayatan will be leading research efforts concentrating on empirically based quantitive analysis of private market investments, assets, and opportunities.  Areas of focus will be investing in art, including masterworks, fine art, and post modern artists.  She will conduct in depth analysis in private markets ranging from venture capital, private equity, to real estate She will be assessing quantitative metrics to evaluate the value on non-traditional investments, including historical risk volatility measures, performance persistence, correlations, liquidity factors, rolling time horizon relative returns, and several other factors including different global markets and currencies. 

Advisory Board

Aionios Capital Partners has assembled seasoned experts in venture capital, private equity, and real estate industries to provide ongoing participation in structuring client investments.  These professionals have decades of very successful experience to contribute to Aionios' tailored solutions in its efforts to meet client outcomes. 

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