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An experienced professional in the financial services industry since 2013, Kevin focuses on delivering tailored wealth management planning for individuals, families and business owners.  After spending 24 years in the Navy, he joined Thrivent Financial in 2013 as a financial advisor and then later moved to Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2019 to take advantage of the breadth of resources available at the firm for his clients.  Kevin’s areas of focus include wealth management planning, business owner planning and exit strategies, investments and insurance.  He is FINRA registered and has earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation.

Kevin grew up outside of Chicago, IL, and earned his BS Degree from Southern Illinois University.  He currently resides in Pensacola, FL with his wife, Stacie, and they have two grown children, Corissa and Bryce.  Active in the community, Kevin is a member of Bread & Table and SWAT Mardi Gras Crew which are two groups that focus on helping children in the community.  When away from the office, he enjoys fishing, golfing, hunting and spending time with his family.

    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.

    Pete Lauter

    Pete Lauter

    Wealth Management Banking Specialist

    Merrill

    Matt Domin

    Matt Domin

    Associate Investment Advisory Specialist

    Merrill

    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

    Welcome

    We look out for clients, their spouses and children. The relationships we build reflect our efforts to serve people, not just portfolios.  As clients have prospered, they now include successful business owners, financial professionals, physicians, affluent retirees and widows, those affected by divorce, as well as foundations.

    For clients nearing retirement and concerned about living comfortably without a paycheck, the team assesses clients’ goals, explores their need for cash flow and their comfort with risk. Using Merrill models and its own research, the team builds portfolios that may include domestic and international equities, ETFs, closed-end funds, market-linked investments, mutual funds, private equity and alternative investments*.

    As Kevin Hammer points out, “We look months ahead, talk to clients about their changing tax situations, investment and spending disciplines.” Using a defined set of fundamental and tactical investment techniques, the team also works with clients’ accountants, to align strategies for capital gains, retirement distributions and other areas.

    For foundations and endowments whose board members need to make the best decisions for their organizations while acting as fiduciaries, we offer hands-on experience and availability.

    We often meet clients in the evenings and on weekends – answering clients’ questions about the markets, special needs trusts, long-term-care, purchasing homes and leasing cars. Clients focus on their families and careers – we focus on preserving the integrity of their wealth. By serving people we’ve come to know during their emotional challenges,  we believe we provide the greatest value – financially and personally. 


    *Some or all alternative investments may not be in the best interests for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other traditional investments. For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.

    Philosophy

    It’s important to plan for your financial future, which means getting more than investment advice. We believe you may find value in a one-on-one relationship with someone dedicated to knowing who you are and what you want to accomplish. Someone who knows your kids’ names, how hard you worked to get where you are, how you define a successful life and how you view investing. Our commitment is centered in helping clients achieve their goals by making their needs and wants a priority. Our advice and financial approach are guided by what’s important to you, and our success is defined by your satisfaction over time.

    Capabilities

    We believe that to feel good about your finances, you need to know exactly where you are, where you want to go, and how much you may need to get there. I work with you to develop a customized financial approach, drawing on the best thinking of our firm, to help you with your financial future. I will make it clear what you’re paying for and what you’re getting. As your life needs and market conditions change, we can meet to help make sure you’re on track in pursuing your goals and to adjust your approach as needed for the journey ahead.

    Approach

    Wealth Management is a dynamic process. As I focus on you today and help you identify your goals for tomorrow, we can strive to work together throughout life’s ups, downs, triumphs, and transitions. Helping you pursue your goals starts with getting to know you and your family. My job is to first understand what matters most to you. We will work together to create a financial approach that reflects your investment personality and is built around your life priorities. I will be here to help you make adjustments to your wealth management approach if and when necessary over time.

    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 give you a sense of the full assessment and 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.

    Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Families

    We’re fully versed in the many issues that affect wealth management. No matter what your short- and long-term goals may be, we’ll begin by getting to know you as we explore the following seven priorities together:

    • 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 and giving to charities
    • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
    • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals
    We work closely with other professionals to help clients pursue their wealth management goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and offering access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

    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 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.

    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 Funds4
    • Private Foundations4
    • Charitable Trusts4
    FINANCE
    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
    FAMILY
    Taking care of your family and other people in your life
    • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
    • Education Funding1
    • Insurance3

    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 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.

        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.

        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.