Ben Stairs Head of U.S. GWM Business Development Mr. Stairs is an executive vice president and head of PIMCO's global wealth management business development group. Prior to joining Allianz Global Investors in 2010, he worked at Alliance Bernstein in managed account sales, wealth management, and national accounts. Previously he spent 13 years at Nuveen: eight years in retail product sales and five years as a municipal credit analyst. He has 31 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an MBA from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He received an undergraduate degree from Baylor University.