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Senior Vice President
Senior Financial Advisor
Joel Summerlin is a Senior Financial Advisor, Senior Vice President and Portfolio Advisor, who joined Merrill Lynch in Tampa, Florida in 1992. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alabama. Joel began in the financial services industry as a Financial Advisor in 1992.
With more than 25 years of experience, Joel is a qualified Portfolio Advisor who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their investment objectives by recommending individual, or any combination of, Merrill Lynch or approved third-party investment managers’ strategies, funds or portfolios.
Joel is committed to providing premier service and access to extensive resources to assist clients in reaching their personal and financial goals. He helps bring clarity to investment opportunities and ever-changing market conditions that can impact portfolio returns. Through this approach, clients can benefit from advice and recommendations along with a solid relationship that helps them better understand the strategies available to them.
Debbie Summerlin - Registered Senior Client Associate
Debbie joined Merrill Lynch in early 1990 as an Operations Specialist with our New York office. She transferred to Tampa in late 1991 to continue her career as a Registered Senior Client Associate. Debbie now works on our team to coordinate all office administrative tasks and to help clients resolve administrative issues.
I follow the deep-seated Merrill tradition of participating in the communities we serve. This drives my interest in spending time volunteering with organizations in our community.
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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.
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.
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.
Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.
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*Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.
Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.
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.
We put you first, every day.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.