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The Thiessen Group

Since 2006, the Thiessen Group has helped affluent individuals and families create personalized and adaptable wealth management strategies to address immediate and long-term financial goals. We offer customized financial advice and guidance through our in-depth investment experience and by blending strategies for an approach that works best for you. We rely on the expert insights of the BofA Global Research team to provide clients with the finest investment opportunities available.

Our 5-Step Approach

1. Our approach to wealth management planning begins with a thorough understanding of your needs and objectives.
2. We provide thoughtful and innovative ideas to help you manage the financial events in your life.
3. We tailor a detailed investment and asset allocation strategy to help you reach your goals while respecting your risk tolerance.
4. We regularly review your goals and give you feedback during market fluctuations.
5. We are always available to speak to you – and strive to provide you with an advisor answered phone call – at all times.

Wealth Management Guidance to Strengthen Your Financial Future

The Thiessen Group will help you navigate your immediate and long-term wealth management aspirations. Our process is designed to look at your financial strengths and limitations, establish objectives, implement strategies and review results. This allows clients to make informed decisions about their finances and to pursue the goals they find most important.|Focused Services Include:

Customized Portfolio Management. Thoughtful portfolio management is essential to preserving wealth. We will provide you with a skillfully diversified portfolio, personalized for your risk tolerance, expectation for future growth, liquidity needs and tax considerations.
Wealth Preservation and Transfer. We work with specialists from Merrill, in coordination with your attorneys and accountants, to develop resourceful strategies to transfer your legacy to your loved ones. We can advise you on trust investments, charitable gifting and giving, life insurance and estate planning services.
Retirement Planning. We can offer you guidance on how to structure your wealth for retirement. We will look at your options for income producing channels and evaluate the effects of taxes and inflation on your financial future.
Corporate Retirement/401(k) Plans. We provide strategies to help corporate executives and business owners balance their employees’ needs. Our process identifies business goals and finds strategies that are the best fit for the company.
Additional Benefits. When you work with us, there are many additional benefits that clients come to know and love. These benefits include:
Bank of America Premium Rewards Visa Signature® Card
o Mortgage and Auto Loan Discounts through Bank of America, N.A.
o Online Account Management and Fund Transfer Capabilities
o Credit and Lending through Bank of America
o Small Business Banking through Bank of America

Our Team

Owen Thiessen, CFP®, CIMA®
Senior Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor
Portfolio Manager


Owen joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2006, and offers advice and guidance to individuals and families about portfolio management, retirement planning, corporate retirement planning and wealth transfer and preservation strategies. Owen emphasizes the importance of a long-term outlook and his asset management focus includes helping clients minimize risk to investment portfolios, and developing tax minimizing cash flow strategies.

Owen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certificant, a designation awarded to him in 2006 by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He also attained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation, administered by Investments & Wealth Institute™ and taught in conjunction with the Yale School of Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Owen was Named to Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list in 2019.*

In his spare time, Owen enjoys recreational aviation and is a devoted golfer. He is a member of The Oaks Club in Osprey, Florida, where he resides with his wife Lindsey.

Gordon Thiessen, CRPC®
Vice President
Senior Relationship Manager


Gordon joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 1983. As the founder of the Thiessen Group, his responsibilities include business management and researching current international economic conditions. Gordon concentrates on building strong client relationships. He uses his client-focused approach to develop a deep understanding of clients’ needs and helps them in their pursuit of their wealth management goals.

Gordon holds the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) designation, awarded by the College for Financial Planning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Gordon’s interests include golf and socializing at The Oaks Club, the community where he and his wife Pat reside, in Osprey, Florida.

Gypsy L. Sayre
Registered Senior Client Associate

Gypsy began her financial services career with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Akron, Ohio in 1999. She joined the Venice, FL office in 2016 and now applies her years of experience to the Thiessen Group. Gypsy strives to deliver unparalleled service that exceeds client expectations.

Outside of the office, Gypsy enjoys volunteering for United States Veterans, reading, and spending time with her husband, Mike, her four children, and her dogs. As a former Ohioan, she embraces every opportunity to appreciate the Florida weather.

*Any information presented in connection with BofA Global Research is general in nature and is not intended to provide personal investment advice. The information does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any specific person who may receive it. Investors should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized. 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. BofA Global Research does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that the firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision.

*Source: Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, February 2019. For more information about the selection criteria, http://details-he.re/xR7HbE . Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved. These rankings and ratings are not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.

* Owen Thiessen NMLS ID 521841


  • LANGUAGES

    English

  • EDUCATION

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • AWARDS

    Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors"

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.

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

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

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. 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.

Approach

I begin every relationship 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.

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help me get to know you better as an investor and help you refine your investing preferences. Together, I can help customize your investment approach. Using an understanding of your priorities and investment personality as a foundation, I help you access the full breadth of resources from Bank of America’s banking products and services and Merrill’s investment insights to address all aspects of your financial life.

Capabilities

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 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.

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.

FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
  • Education Funding1
  • 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 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

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.


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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.

      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.