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Staley Dunn Wilson Wealth Management Group

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Wealth Management

By delivering a synergy of skillsets and decades of wealth management experience,
we celebrate our role in helping accomplished individuals
bring enduring benefits to their families and communities.



At The Staley Dunn Wilson Wealth Management Group, the depth and breadth of our offering demands a highly proactive and professional style of wealth management. Experience reminds us that “getting to know you well” is critical – before dollars and cents are ever discussed. 

While a previous advisor may have created a “set it and forget it” financial or retirement strategy for you – based solely on initial conversations – we think it’s wise to engage regularly with you and your spouse, as well as with your grown children and elderly parents (with your permission, of course). Our mission is to account for a range of factors and viewpoints when constructing a multi-generational strategy that can satisfy your long-term objectives.

It may also prove beneficial for us to coordinate with your CPA and attorney. Doing so allows us to align tax-minimization and estate planning strategies, as well as to reduce the time and cost of you managing multiple advisory relationships. When helpful, we are happy to host or attend meetings with your advisors, to help facilitate communications.

Who do we serve? Successful people we admire and, in many cases, meet socially for lunch or dinner. They include longtime business owners, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, engineers, tech and biotech executives, men and women who serve (and served) our country, others experiencing the divorce process, as well as retired couples and widows in 22 states.

On a personal note, it’s been our privilege to share our hearts with clients, our values, love of family, and special occasions – births, birthdays and weddings. We see our roles as “being there” for clients who trust us to be a caring and reliable resource. We believe they deserve nothing less.


What you can expect

At The Staley Dunn Wilson Wealth Management Group, each of us brings distinctive strengths and skills to the table. Whether you’re an accomplished business owner, a rising executive in a fast-growing company, or approaching a well-deserved retirement, we put our heads together on your behalf – and put a premium on communicating clearly, with full transparency.

Regardless of your age, stage, or financial circumstance, you can expect that we will:

• Be straightforward, sincere, and at all times, honest. If what you envision is not likely attainable, we will tell you. Conversely, if your objectives are quite easily within reach, we will outline what you likely can afford going forward – as long as you follow a carefully prescribed financial strategy.

 • “Address your goals and look for holes” in your financial picture. Perhaps long-term care, life, key man, or other forms of insurance can help safeguard your wealth. In some cases, updating your beneficiaries is all that’s needed.

 • Follow a disciplined investment process that utilizes internal and external research, along with the firm’s due diligence. Specifically, we aim to translate your goals, liquidity needs, risk tolerance and timeline into a cohesive and flexible financial strategy. As “asset-agnostic” investors with a healthy respect for investors with concentrated positions, we may suggest that your portfolio include a mix of equities, tax-free bonds, ETFs, and separately managed money to pursue steady growth and tax efficiency.

• Offer you access to credit and lending solutions from Bank of America, N.A.

• Align our efforts with those of your CPA and attorney to build tax-minimization and estate planning strategies. Our ages also allow us to work more easily with multiple generations of your family – a tremendous advantage when having heartfelt discussions with key stakeholders.

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*Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.


Our Wealth of Experience

At The Staley Dunn Wilson Wealth Management Group, it’s easy to say, “We’ve been there, done that.”


However, it’s more meaningful to explain that clients can benefit from our extensive knowledge, team effort, and deep appreciation for market dynamics and each client’s view of wealth and the world.


Ours is a holistic approach that we tailor to help you avoid the mistakes made by countless investors and other successful individuals. In fact, we find that, given the opportunity, many intelligent people will deviate from a carefully crafted, agreed-upon strategy.

To help ensure that clients are better equipped to attain financial goals that hold meaning in their lives, we make it our business to keep clients informed, disciplined, and on track. The referrals we’ve long received to clients’ friends, colleagues and family members tell us they’re pleased with our performance and theirs.

Additionally, we look “beyond the obvious.” Yes, risk-managed investing is a key reason clients come to us. Still, the vast majority asks us to organize and optimize disparate pieces of their financial puzzle. That requires our ability to analyze what may be missing, as well as what is. Perhaps, a client’s improved use of credit could enhance the cash flow of their business. Or a type of trust or insurance may prove advantageous. Often, what’s needed is a simple updating of beneficiaries on important documents.


In other cases, we introduce mechanisms such as 10b5-1 plans to executives and board members, as well as cash balance plans and other defined benefit plans to owners of private businesses.


Ultimately, we believe that clients deserve the full acumen and attention of a seasoned wealth management team – one like ours that is fully committed to optimizing the quality of a client’s lifestyle and legacy.


Our Impressive Clientele

At The Staley Dunn Wilson Wealth Management Group, we work closely and collaboratively with a highly educated and deserving clientele. Most are referred from another client or come to us when facing a critical financial decision.

Specifically, we assist established business owners (some with multiple enterprises), biotech and technology executives, medical professionals, engineers, sales professionals, current and former members of the military, people with rental properties and others with “lives and money in constant motion.” We also bring a special level of care and consideration to retired clients, those recently widowed and divorced, and generations of their families in 22 states.

While distinct in their talents and visions, a typical client has successfully accumulated assets but lacks a thoughtful financial strategy that connects the dots in their lives with those in their financial picture. By taking a holistic approach in which we favor casual conversations over formal ones, we can understand what drives each client, their experience with wealth and investing, and perhaps with a previous advisor.

Among the questions we may ask: “How can we increase your financial strength, enhance your outlook, and give you less to worry about? What do you see for your family five, 15 and 25 years from now? How can we help you create a legacy, fund a child’s education, think about a succession plan, look toward your comfortable retirement, or all four?”

Just as we ask you questions, we hope you feel free to do the same. We believe that the dozens of trusted client relationships we’ve cultivated are based on mutual respect and the value we provide.


Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from financial industry publications or directly from Bank of America Corporation. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

David L Staley

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” 2024
Published on January 12, 2024. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2023.*

Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Gregory Alonzo

Regional Lending Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #1054262

Joseph Nienaber

Trust Specialist


Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial approach, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

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We’ll meet with you to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We’ll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial approach to help you stay on course.

    Changes in your life
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    Your life and goals change. As these changes occur, we can update your approach to reflect them.


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      We believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced financial advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, work with you to identify potential solutions that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management approach for the future.

      Why Merrill?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment approach to address your needs and pursue your goals.


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