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Profile

Steve has been in the financial services industry since 1996. He joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2005.

Steve is focused on helping clients achieve their personal and financial goals and incorporating wealth management strategies that are consistent with their unique objectives and risk/reward tolerance. Steve works with individuals and families incorporating education and retirement planning, estate planning services in conjunction with the clients’ CPAs and attorneys, life insurance analysis and fixed income investing. For businesses, he provides strategies for cash management, professional practice lending through Bank of America, N.A., risk management, retirement plans and business succession planning.


Steve grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Dayton in 1994. When not in the office, he enjoys biking, hiking, and golf.
He lives in north Phoenix with his wife and two daughters.

Steve also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst®, CIMA® designation. Steve was named to Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors for 2017 (Published on March 6, 2017. Rankings based on data as of September 30, 2016).  Steve was named to Forbes  "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list in 2020 (Published on January 16, 2020. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2019).* 

*Source: The Barron’s “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” list, published on March 6, 2017. Rankings based on data as of
September 30, 2016.

Advisors considered for the “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” ranking have a minimum of seven years of financial
services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Quantitative and qualitative measures used to
determine the advisor rankings include: client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records, and community
involvement, among others. Barron’s does not receive compensation from advisors, participating firms and their affiliates, or the media in
exchange for rankings. Barron’s is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. The ranking or ratings shown here may
not be representative of all client experiences because they reflect an average or sampling of the client experiences. These rankings or
ratings are not indicative of any future performance or investment outcome.

*Source: The Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list, published on January 16, 2020. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2019.

Data provided by SHOOK™ Research, LLC. The Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and
is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively, a major component of a ranking
algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria,
including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client
objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK
Research, LLC and not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Rankings and recognition from
Forbes are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level
of performance results, and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research
receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved.

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  • EDUCATION

    University of Dayton

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

Understanding Your Life

Philosophy

I believe the best financial approach is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Calculating how to manage future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth to future generations? It all starts with a plan intended to help you manage, grow, and preserve your wealth today, while also considering the impact it can have for years to come. With access to the investment insights of Merrill and banking solutions from Bank of America, I will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.

Welcome

My mission, first and foremost, is to understand you and what matters most to you. Armed with that information I can ask thoughtful questions -- listening carefully, then understanding in detail where your wealth stands today and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. I help you design and implement a personalized plan intended to help you and your family pursue financial goals while helping manage investment risk. My approach is to focus on potential solutions that can help turn goals into reality.

Approach

Every relationship begins with a conversation, helping you identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether it's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing your financial approach to help you pursue your passions, or providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, I start by listening to learn more about you and your family.

Capabilities

Merrill’s process is designed to help deliver a customized, comprehensive experience to assist you not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Providing you with access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help you manage all of the pieces of your financial life. Working one-on-one with a Merrill advisor means you have a single point of contact to help you with potential strategies for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals, Families and Small Businesses

I believe that financial success can be achieved when you’re able to make investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals. Whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or funding a child’s education, the process begins by getting to know you and how you feel about the following:

  • Health: Managing healthcare expenses, now and in the future
  • Home: Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Family: Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Leisure: Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Giving: Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals

Success will be measured by the amount of progress you are making toward reaching your goals, making thoughtfully considered adjustments as events and conditions warrant.

This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare or Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare or social security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

Understanding your goals and priorities

Your life and goals change. We have tools to help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial approach.

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.



Reviews to help you
stay on track

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
    and to your goals

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

    #DigitalMerrill

    MyMerrill is your online destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

    Your advisor is a click away within our site or mobile apps

    You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as touch ID, one time passcode, and other security features

    Access to your complete financial life is available with My Financial Picture, Merrill’s asset aggregation tool

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, together I can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can I offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the advice you need to help you address fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

      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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      We put you first, every day.
      Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor.

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      No question too big or moment too small
      For every question you have, every decision you make and every answer you need, we are with you to listen and help guide you along the many paths your life can take. Watch this video to see some questions we can address together.


      The Power of the Right Advisor®
      Working with a dedicated Merrill advisor means you get personalized investment strategies from Merrill plus access to comprehensive financial solutions only Bank of America can deliver.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.

      A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, together we will design an approach that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your investment approach as your life and the markets change.

      We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.