John Durkota

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John Durkota and The Durkota-Garfoli Wealth Management Group care deeply about enhancing the wealth and wellbeing of affluent individuals in the Atlanta area and nationwide. Among them are active and retired engineers and accountants, corporate executives and business owners, divorced and widowed women, as well as couples in their second marriage.

“Clients are busy, tech-savvy, and want easy access to facts and figures. Many are ‘numbers people’ who carefully review my reports and the holdings in their portfolios,” John says. “I enjoy explaining – in detail if they like – the purpose of each investment and the role it can play in moving them toward desired outcomes.”
John’s perspective on enhancing and extending the quality of clients’ lives goes far beyond spreadsheets. Especially for those who risk neglecting their health and fitness to work long hours, John encourages them to “lift their heads, think ahead and consider” what’s truly meaningful. “I care about both sides of clients’ balance sheets and helping them achieve the balance they want in their lives. That’s why I may connect clients with nutritionists and trainers, as well as attorneys and CPAs. If you’re not healthy, wealth can prove meaningless.”

Based on a disciplined process in which team members help clients identify their goals for retirement, wealth transfer and philanthropy, John builds dynamic portfolios using Merrill Lynch models and stock screens. “I don’t try to beat the industry’s best analysts,” John points out. “Merrill Lynch gives me a view of the world and the insights to diversify across asset classes, borders and industries. I build portfolios that are data-driven and client-focused.”

By devoting the time to meet with both spouses whenever possible, John finds the experience can help them become more engaged in estate planning strategies and plans for saving and spending. “Clients who are dedicated to their careers often don’t have the time to figure out all the pieces on their own. It’s fulfilling to help them envision and prepare for critical decisions and transitions,” John adds.
John has long been dedicated to serving his community and a loyal circle of client families – many who’ve been with him for more than a decade. John is a 1985 graduate of the University of Illinois, John became a financial advisor in 1991.

A lifetime learner, John holds multiple designations that reflect his desire to serve clients throughout their lives. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He holds a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation from The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, as well as the Chartered Financial Consultant® ChFC® and Chartered Life Underwriter® CLU® designations from the American College.

John is a specially qualified Senior Portfolio Advisor who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can draw from his experience to help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the Firm’s Investment Advisory Program, a Senior Portfolio Advisor may manage those strategies on a discretionary basis.

Over the years, John has participated in five overseas relief trips. He also serves on the advisory board of his local church. John and his wife, Pam (a photographer), are residents of Atlanta, have raised three grown sons and now have grandchildren. A genuine fitness enthusiast, John has completed sixteen half-marathons and one full marathon. 

  • LANGUAGES

    English

  • EDUCATION

    University of Illinois

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, my team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

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Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch, 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

Life is demanding. We understand how the urgent can distract you from what's important.  For more than 20 years we have been helping our clients get clarity on the important priorities in life and enabling them to focus their energy on getting where they want to go financially. Can we talk about helping you?

Philosophy

Life is always changing and growing more complex. Your needs and priorities specific to your family, work, health and home are continuously evolving. And since your finances are so deeply connected with the rest of your life, you need strategies that are specific to your unique situation. Even if you’re accustomed to managing your wealth on your own, you may find value in having a relationship with someone who understands your priorities and who has the knowledge and resources to help you make more informed decisions, no matter where in your life you are.

Approach

My approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. I take the time to get to know you—your kids’ names, how hard you worked to get where you are and how you define success. I'll work together to understand your investment personality, prioritize your goals and build a financial strategy that reflects your needs. I believe investors can benefit from our advice, access to the investment insights offered by Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America. When it comes to your success, there’s only one financial strategy that really matters — yours.

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 strategy, drawing on the best thinking of our firm, to help you with your financial future. I will manage all aspects of our relationship, making it clear what you’re paying for and what you’re getting. As your life and the markets change, we will meet periodically to help make sure you’re on track in pursuing your goals and to adjust your strategy as needed for the journey ahead.

Focus On Individuals and Families

I work primarily with high-net-worth individuals and families. I’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 others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals
I work closely with other trusted professionals to help clients pursue their goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill Lynch 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 strategy we develop together to help you with your approach for what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help me 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 strategy.

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.

FAMILY
FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
FINANCE
FINANCE
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.

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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, 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.

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.