Chestnut Team

Chestnut’s approach to business development is rooted in our team’s deep capital markets and institutional investment expertise. Our team’s capital markets experience spans rates, equity, currencies, debt, and private equity; long-only and long/short, levered and unlevered. From risk metric concerns to current portfolio positioning, we understand the language of asset management and the culture of institutional investing.


finaltep1Amanda Tepper, CEO

Amanda Tepper is the Founder and CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group, a firm that provides business development consulting to asset managers. Chestnut’s services encompass strategy, content and implementation.

Previously Amanda was Global Director of the senior portfolio management team at AllianceBernstein. Amanda has deep experience in sell-side equity research, as Associate Director of Equity Research at Bank of America and as an Institutional-Investor All-America Team- ranked analyst at JPMorgan.

Amanda holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa. Amanda is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Endowment of the Art Students League of New York. She also serves as a member of the 100 Women in Finance Global Advisory Council, and on the Andover Development Board of Phillips Academy.


finaltep1Joe Fuschillo, Senior Advisor

Joe is currently a Senior Advisor at Chestnut Advisory Group. Prior to joining Chestnut he was Chief Distribution Officer at Foundation Source, a leader in private and corporate foundations. Prior to joining Foundation Source Joe was Executive Vice President with BNY/Dreyfus leading U.S. retail sales including relationship management, wholesaling, and internal sales. Joe spent a significant portion of his career at UBS Financial Services and as a Managing Director led the firm’s Products and Services Consulting organization, and the distribution of all retail products in North America. Joe earned a B.S. in Finance from St. John’s University, an M.B.A. from Adelphi University and currently holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Wharton School.


photo_amy-pramerAmy Pramer, Senior Consultant

Amy brings over 15 years of experience in senior asset management marketing and communications roles to Chestnut. Most recently Amy was Vice President, Communications Manager at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, responsible for the development of client and field facing communications. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Legg Mason (and its predecessor, Citigroup Asset Management) as Vice President, Channel Manager leading marketing initiatives designed to drive sales and build brand awareness across the National Broker Dealer and Independent Advisor Channels.  Amy began her career as a Marketing Associate at American Skandia.

Amy holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University.


photo_amy-pramerJeff Kiker, Chief Operations Officer

Jeff joined Chestnut with 25 years’ experience managing client service, technology, and operations. He has directed client service, marketing, and e-commerce project management teams for clients such as eBay, PayPal, General Motors, Pitney Bowes, and AT&T. Recently Jeff helped improve educational outcomes for underserved K12 schools as Director of BIS for Achievement First and Director of Program Operations for New Classrooms.

Jeff holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


mo2Maria Onorato, Senior Advisor and General Counsel

Prior to co-founding Chestnut Advisory Group, Maria spent 20 years as a senior attorney and business professional. She was senior counsel at GE Capital Treasury Operations, where she specialized in derivative transactions, and also served as strategic advisor for risk management, business, tax and cash management operations. Maria was a senior legal consultant to Safra National Bank of New York for derivative transactions. She spent eight years post-law school working in several preeminent NYC law firms specializing in complex litigation matters, risk management and loss avoidance.

Maria holds a JD from St John’s University Law School and a BS in Mathematics from Marymount College. She is a founding member, trustee and board member of Charna’s Kids Club/New York Presbyterian-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.  She also serves as vice-chair of the finance council for Church of the Assumption.


mo2Andrew Burtnett, Senior Marketing Associate

Prior to joining Chestnut, Andrew ran a full service marketing agency working with businesses across many industries such as banking, legal, and retail. During that time Andrew worked with business owners to grow their revenues through efforts such as inbound & outbound marketing campaigns, website design, marketing event planning, and social media strategies. Andrew’s digital marketing experience comes out of the music industry where he successfully marketed events that drew the attendance of over 20,000+ attendees.