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Maria Leon-Mills



I began my career in the financial services industry working at Bank of America in 2005. After being diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer in 2013, the importance of being financially prepared was emphasized in my own life. Through this experience my mission became to empower my clients to be prepared not only to achieve financial freedom to pursue their dreams, but to be ready to face moments of adversity.

Throughout the years, I have continued to focus on my mission and enjoy seeing first-hand the positive changes my clients see in their financial wellness through my guidance and collaborative approach. I hold both the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® designations. My professional designations attest to my commitment to be a trusted advisor to my clients and their families.

In 2019, I was recruited from Morgan Stanley to join The Romero Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. I am the relationship manager for the team, focusing on business development and interacting with clients in a meaningful and measurable way.

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and I am fluent in both English and Spanish. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, I moved to China and Switzerland where I continued my financial education and pursued the opportunity to study Chinese and German.

Outside of work, my greatest joys are spending time with my husband and family, traveling the world and giving back. I am very active in my community and I am a champion for causes that help empower women and children in the areas of health, education and financial stability. I am an active member of the Junior League of Miami and a mentor for the Women of Tomorrow organization. In the past, I have chaired the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s New Leaders Taskforce, served on the YPO Board for City Year and was a member and facilitator for the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami program.


    English & Spanish


    Arizona State University

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, my 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.

Sameer Derashri

Sameer Derashri

Trust Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Nick Foley

Nick Foley

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #1190976

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Oralia Rojas

Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

Upcoming Events

Immunity & Stress

August 12th, 2020|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Immunity and Stress Invitation.pdf
When everything around us is out of control, what can you control? We will always have setbacks, road bumps, corrections and periods where things around us are out of control. When this happens, we have two options: Play Offense or Play Defense. Think of defense as washing hands, limiting travel, investing is less risk---these all can be great. The problem is most of us forget about playing offense during periods of stress and uncertainty. If you can play both, you start to take back some control and at the same time create opportunity!The truth is we have a lot of control over our stress level and how strong our immune system is and the crazy thing is they are both related. Create more stress for yourself, you will have a weaker immune system. This presentation is for YOU, it’s for you to take control of what you can control to handle the chaos around us!

    For more information: 305.933.6213 or

    Past Events

    Transforming World! The World After Covid

    July 8th, 2020|3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Transforming World_ Invitation.pdf

    We welcome you to join a virtual seminar on the Transforming World! We’re pleased to have Felix Tran, Thematic Strategist for BofA Global Research, joining us who will discuss:
    • A “Transforming World” framework: Earth, Government, Innovation, Markets & People
    • 5 themes for the world after COVID
    - Geopolitics & Peak Globalization
    - Tech Wars
    - Big Government
    - Health the new Wealth
    - The New Consumer
    • Other themes covered also include: Big Data & AI, Cybersecurity, 5G, Climate Change, Future Food and more…

    *BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. (“BofAS”) and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.

      Nutrition & Your Immune System

      July 16th, 2020|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Nutrition and Your Immune System Invitation.pdf
      Dr. Aaron Chadwick Biography.pdf
      Given the current circumstances, it is more important than ever to know how nutrition impacts our body and what we can do to keep our immune system boosted. Join us as Dr. Chadwick provides us with an informative presentation on easy, safe, and effective ways to strengthen our immune system.

        The Most Important Thing

        July 22nd, 2020|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

        Most Important Thing Invitation.pdf
        Andy Bernstein Biography.pdf
        Millions of families around the world are experiencing enormous disruption. This special webinar gives you and your loved ones a powerful new toolkit to handle stress better. It teaches you:
        -What matters most for family happiness according to the world’s longest study, and why it’s not money, health, or relationships
        -A new way to understand where stress comes from, and why traditional stress management is based on a fundamental flaw
        -A 7-step process that helps you increase family well-being with no blame, stigma, or “touchy-feeliness”
        -Free access to an online platform to continue applying this toolkit after the webinar ends

          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


          My mission, first and foremost, is to understand you and what matters most to you. To take the time to ask hard, smart questions and listen carefully, then understand in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. I then help you design and implement a customized wealth management approach that helps you and your family pursue personal financial goals while helping manage investment risk. My approach is about designing potential solutions to help turn goals into reality.


          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. Worried about managing 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? With access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, I will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.


          My  process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. I view myself as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

          Focus On Individuals and Families

          I can offer advice and guidance designed to assist you in making investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals.  So whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or fund a child’s education, I’ll start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.:

          • 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


          Your Financial Approach

          We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience of 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.

          Taking care of your family and other people in your life
          • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
          • Education Funding1
          • Insurance3
          Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
          • Long-term Care Insurance3
          • Health Savings Account2
          • Disability Insurance3
          Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
          • Home Loans2
          • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
          • Securities-Based Lending2
          • Credit Cards2
          Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
          • Bank of America Business Banking2
          • Exchange Funds1
          • Concentrated Stock Management1
          • Succession Planning1
          Spending your free time in meaningful ways
          • Credit Cards2
          • Securities-Based Lending2
          • Structured Lending2
          Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
          • Donor-Advised Funds4
          • Private Foundations4
          • Charitable Trusts4
          Using your finances to bring it all together
          • Merrill 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

          1 Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
          2 Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
          3 Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
          4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.

          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 approach, 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 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.

            Monitoring 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.

            Wealth Management Your Way

            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.


              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.

              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.