The Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group

Merrill Lynch

The Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group

Wealth Management

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Your goals and aspirations are at the forefront of our efforts to provide you with a wealth management experience that exceeds your expectations. It is our intention to understand your complete financial picture so we can assist you in developing a strategy to pursue your objectives.


The Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group

Knowledgeable Guidance, Disciplined Management

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, The Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group is a close-knit team whose members have been managing clients' wealth since 1990. In the team's founding years, John Embleton, William Curtis and Schuyler Quackenbush helped families facing early retirement develop strategies for a comfortable transition into this new phase of their lives. Today, with a combined 70 years of industry experience, the team offers personalized wealth and portfolio management to a broad and varied clientele of affluent families and corporations located throughout the Southeast and around the country.

We understand that the clients we serve work hard to build their assets. Many lead busy lives and don't have time to manage their financial affairs themselves. They turn to us to assist them in creating customized wealth management strategies tailored to their financial situation and objectives, including risk management, succession planning and wealth transfer. 

Our wealth management approach is based on clients' personal priorities and aspirations. This process is designed to give clients a clear course of action for pursuing their goals. Through knowledgeable advice and guidance and disciplined investment management, we work to help them address objectives that may span various time horizons and life stages.

Our team combines the personal touch of an intimate, specialized financial group with the vast resources of a global firm. Looking beyond your portfolio, we can help you connect the pieces of your financial life. We are committed to providing you with outstanding service—today and in the future.

Dedicated to Client Service

From our initial meeting to our annual strategy reviews—and during every interaction in between—we strive to offer the highest level of service. Our commitment to clients:

  • You are at the center of everything we do.
  • We work as a team, combining our diverse talents and resources to help you create strategies designed to move you toward your goals.
  • Because every team member is involved in serving every client, you can expect a prompt response when you call with questions or issues.
  • We strive to always be available to you, for matters large and small.
  • We will educate you and your family about issues that may affect your financial well-being, so that you can make informed decisions.
  • To better understand you, your aspirations and your needs, we conduct several client events each year, some educational, some purely social.
Looking Ahead
We value the strong client relationships we have formed, maintaining them through good and bad economies and across generations. We make it a point to get to know clients' children and grandchildren, reaching out to them at important milestones in their lives to help establish the stability and continuity that are so important to you and your legacy.

Our Goal Is to Help You Pursue Your Goals

Wealth management is more than a series of portfolio transactions. It is a disciplined process based on what's truly important to you, whether it's building a comfortable retirement for you and your spouse, funding higher education for your children and grandchildren, helping provide for succeeding generations' financial well-being or supporting local charitable organizations. Our team is committed to assisting you in developing actionable strategies designed to help transform your financial vision into reality.

Defining Your Investment Goals and Objectives
Our process begins with in-depth discussions aimed at getting to know as much as we can about you. We seek to understand the goals you have for yourself and your family, your hopes and fears, and any challenges you foresee. We ask detailed questions about issues you might not have considered. The answers give us a clear understanding of you, your history, your risk tolerance and your priorities, helping us to design strategies to pursue your objectives.

In addition to learning about you, we seek to understand your assets and liabilities. We can assist you in managing both sides of your balance sheet and integrate the various components of your financial life to function smoothly together.
Designing an Investment Strategy
Having formed a detailed picture of your needs and concerns, we help you tailor an investment strategy to your unique financial situation—including your risk tolerance, liquidity needs and time horizon—and your short- and long-term goals. Areas we prefer to address include:
  • Cash flow and retirement outcomes
  • Asset preservation
  • Estate planning services
  • Tax minimization strategies
  • Business succession
  • Wealth transfer
  • Putting Your Strategy Into Action
Monitoring Your Progress
We are with you every step of the way. We stay in touch to give you market updates and find out what’s changed in your life. Additionally, we periodically review and evaluate your investment strategy to help keep it aligned with your goals.

Asset Allocation, Diversification and Risk Management

We believe the best way to preserve and grow wealth is by following an investment process that encompasses research and oversight. Our disciplined investment approach emphasizes risk management and diversification through asset allocation. This enables us to accommodate a wide range of objectives and allows us to develop strategies designed to meet your specific needs and to respond to real-world challenges.

In many situations, capital preservation and income replacement are as important as wealth accumulation and growth. For this reason, we carefully measure your tolerance for risk and design appropriate short- and long-term strategies to help you prepare for the unexpected.

Risk Management

Managing risk entails knowing both how to minimize it and how to use it to your advantage. We generally recommend using a broad range of asset classes and investment vehicles—including individual stocks, bonds and exchange-traded funds—that we feel can provide the best risk-adjusted returns aligned with your investment objectives. We seek to mitigate downside risk while simultaneously positioning your portfolio to take advantage of the potential for positive returns in the long run. Our approach is not static, and from time to time we may tactically rebalance your portfolio by over- or underweighting an asset class relative to your target allocation.

Discretionary Portfolio Management
You can delegate to the Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group investment management responsibilities for your portfolios, meaning that they have discretion over certain investment decisions surrounding your investment strategy. Once the Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group have confirmed your goals and life priorities, as well as identified your portfolio investment objective, time horizon, risk factor and liquidity needs, they will recommend targeted asset allocations for your portfolios to help pursue your specific investment objectives. Granting us authority allows them to respond to market changes, price volatility and global events with the ability to make adjustments, if needed, to help your portfolio stay on track to pursue your goals. To help you monitor and assess performance, we will regularly review your portfolio with you, and you will receive periodic communications, including monthly statements, quarterly portfolio summary updates and annual performance reports.

Resources for Retirement Plan Sponsors

As an employer, you understand the critical role a well-designed retirement program can play in helping you attract and retain highly talented employees, make the most of your business assets and assist your employees with their retirement savings goals. More than ever before, employees are expected to assume responsibility for their long-term security, and they look to you to provide them with tools to help them invest to meet those goals.

As Retirement Benefits Consultants, William Curtis and Evan Georgiou are equipped to help you meet this challenge. Members of an elite group of financial advisors with in-depth retirement and benefit plan knowledge and experience, they must meet strict industry and Merrill Lynch internal requirements and participate in ongoing training. In addition, William Curtis of The Embleton Curtis Quackenbush Group was named to Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors list in 2015 and 2017.

Defined Contribution Investment Consulting - Evan Georgiou can work with you to help make your plan investment management more efficient and valuable. As a member of this specialized group of financial advisors, he is qualified to provide guidance on how to create an investment lineup tailored to your organization’s needs, as well as provide support to help manage investments over time. This service can be coupled with Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Defined Contribution offering or plans recordkept by other service providers. Merrill Lynch will accept ERISA 3(21) fiduciary responsibility for the investment advice provided through Defined Contribution Investment Consulting and will stand behind its recommendations, which are backed by the investment screening process of Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth Management Investment Management and Guidance group. We believe that putting a specially trained Merrill Lynch financial advisor to work for your plan is a smart way to help support the fulfillment of your fiduciary responsibilities.

  • The work we do with affluent families and corporate clients is highly informed and made more robust by the resources available through Merrill Lynch. We are dedicated to providing sophisticated service on an individual level to help you address your personal financial situation.P. Schuyler Quackenbush Jr.

Who We Are

Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, our 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 Financial Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Lauren Ann Galvin

Lauren Ann Galvin

Trust Specialist

Robin Furth

Robin Furth

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer NMLS # 652512

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, 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 Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • 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 Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
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 give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular 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.

  • Sample client review agenda
  • Sample Wealth Outlook Report
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
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.

Access to what you need, when you need it

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

  • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
  • 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 Lynch’s asset aggregation tool

*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. 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.

Let’s Have a Conversation

Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we 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.

Why Merrill Lynch?

As Merrill Lynch financial 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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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 Lynch, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

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