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Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a customized financial strategy designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

The Sechrest Group

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Welcome

Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, The Sechrest Group has distinguished itself by providing customized advice and guidance to a select group of corporate executives, business owners and affluent families.

We are a multi-generational practice that works with both individuals and businesses. We are relentless in our focus on risk-adjusted performance relative to a client’s long-term goals. We bring warmth, compassion and coordination to clients’ wealth management that we feel is distinctive.

Our Practice

We operate like a small boutique inside a global bank offering a suite of family office type services including wealth management, investment advisory services, retirement planning, personal banker, philanthropic consultant and most importantly,friend. We are intentional about impact every day. We will be in the trenches with you when the world and/or family goals appear to be unbalanced and celebrating with you with life events and when goals have been accomplished.

Wealth Management Planner – We clearly articulate how each financial decision impacts financial security; both in the long and short-term. We focus on outcomes to the stuff that matters to a family: education of future generations, buying a second home, investing in other businesses.

Investment Advisory Services – Have a clear understanding of your financial goals to help make sure your lifestyle is never disrupted. The effort is to help secure, improve and preserve investment assets offering a completely objective asset allocation mix

Retirement Planning - We advise both individuals with their retirement planning as well as managing business retirement plans. Denny holds the Certified Plan Financial Advisor (CPFA) designation as well as the Merrill Retirement Benefits Consultant (RBC) internal designation.

Personal Banker – Facilitate and take care of all credit and balance sheet management including mortgages, credit cards, basic banking, bill payment etc. *

Philanthropic Consultant – Assist families in their philanthropic pursuits to establish a family legacy as well as invest in the charitable causes that are most important to them.

*Banking and Credit Services are through Bank of America, N.A.

Retirement Planning

We advise both individuals with their retirement planning as well as managing business retirement plans, such as a 401(k). Denny holds the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) designation as well as the Merrill Retirement Benefits Consultant (RBC) internal designation.

For Businesses

Access to Fiduciary Advisory Services
By providing access to a Merrill delivered ERISA 3(21)4 fiduciary services3, your plan can benefit from our objective investment advice and menu services, with no proprietary investment conflicts, through our investment insights. We stand behind the advice and recommendations we provide with fiduciary responsibility, putting our experience and knowledge to work for you to create investment strategies that fit your organization's needs and specific goals. Our fiduciary services generally include:

Access to services that assist with an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) that defines objectives

  • A diversified investment menu
  • A rigorous Due Diligence Process
  • Quality investment reviews and performance reporting
  • An Investment Policy Statement (IPS) that defines objectives


Education and Plan Services

  • A thorough needs assessment and plan evaluation
  • An objective approach to plan design and implementation
  • A communications strategy 
  • Enrollment meetings
  • Ongoing plan services and help drive financial wellness
  • Committed to offering personalized guidance regarding your retirement plan

A Balanced Approach to Life and Wealth

Our team works with clients to nurture a balanced approach to life and wealth, encompassing multiple priorities: family, health, career, and philanthropy. We believe strongly that “success” has many definitions and we strive to be a critical resource for families as they pursue engaged and fulfilled lives.

We recognize that affluence can place unusual demands on families. We offer a range of services to promote lasting legacies through the positive transmission of values and wealth. Specifically, we work with highly respected professionals who can facilitate constructive dialogue about a family’s collective vision and expectations of wealth for multiple generations.

Our Group

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our group 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.

Dusty Farber

Dusty Farber

UHNW Insurance Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Cynthia Arteaga

Cynthia Arteaga

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #940901

Samantha C Sylvester

Samantha C Sylvester

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
FINANCE
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch Investment Accounts1
  • Investment Advisory Accounts1
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Exchange-Traded Funds1
  • Mutual Funds1
  • Closed-end Funds1
  • Fixed Income Products1
  • Options1
  • Annuities3
  • Impact Portfolios1
  • Market-Linked Investments1
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Margin1
  • Home Loans2
  • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
  • Credit Cards2
  • Online Account Access1,2

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

Staying on Track

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


Periodic reviews to help you
stay on track

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


    Monitoring changes in your life
    and to your goals

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

    Wealth Management Your Way

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

    It’s easy to seamlessly integrate your Merrill Wealth Management and Bank of America banking accounts online and through our mobile apps with a single click

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

    Your advisor is a click away through our Secure Inbox and texting application

    Access to your complete financial life is available with Spending & Budgeting, integrating your Merrill and Bank of America activity into a powerful tool to track your expenses and income

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      We believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, identify strategies that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management strategy for the future.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to 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.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      Getting to know you is our primary goal.

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

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your strategy as your life and the markets change.

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