Eric P Manson



Eric’s life journey is a testament to his perseverance and determination. Born and raised in Macon, he struggled to gain weight and make the high school football team. Upon graduation, Eric was recruited as a running back by several major college football schools. Choosing The Citadel, Eric opted for a disciplined lifestyle in which he could play football, receive an excellent education and serve his country.

While attending The Citadel, Eric’s leadership and integrity were recognized and rewarded. He became the very first African-American to command a battalion. As a Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, more than 400 members of the student community reported directly to him.

Following graduation, Eric worked in accounting at Owens-Corning. Later, he began five years of active military service – holding company command positions as a U.S. Army Junior Officer (in what was West Germany). Later, Eric earned a Management Certificate from University of Houston in Diversity Management and became a “trainer of trainers” in Emotional Intelligence and Diversity. Soon after, he was hired as Vice President of Diversity for Inventiv Health in New Jersey.

A lifetime learner, Eric joined Merrill Lynch in 2009 and holds several designations that reflect his commitment to clients and rigorous industry training:
• As a Merrill Lynch Retirement Benefits Consultants (RBC), Eric is one of a select group of highly qualified and credentialed Merrill Lynch advisors who can work with you to shape your investment strategies and create a plan that is designed to drive employee engagement and positive participant behavior. Eric also can help employees connect their life priorities to their finances – allowing them to pursue what matters most to them.
• Eric holds the designation of Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA).
• Eric is a Senior Portfolio Advisor. This allows him to help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. 

Eric and his wife of more than 25 years (also a Macon native), the former Audrey Reid, have two children. Chrisjanea holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Fort Valley State, while Eric II, a high school student, is as an Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet with the rank of Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, Deputy Commander. The Mansons are also Taekwondo enthusiasts. Eric is a certified senior instructor and 4th degree black belt. Audrey and Eric II are 1st degree black belts, while Chrisjanea is a 3rd degree black belt. To “relax,” Eric enjoys playing golf, listening to classical and jazz music, reading the Bible and Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

Being generous with his resources and knowledge is essential to Eric’s mission of “paying it forward” in the same way many others have supported him. Eric serves as Vice Chairman of the Macon-Bibb Housing Authority, on the Board of Directors of the Otis Redding Foundation, and as President of Fathers Auxiliary Macon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity – the oldest and most successful Greek letter fraternity of African-American men whose mission is modeling leadership, education and civic responsibility by supporting these endeavors and by mentoring young men who will advance the African-American community in all facets of equality, mutual respect and devotion to democratic traditions.


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Professional Staff

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Trust Specialist

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


My aunt told me, “Don’t forget where you came from.” I never have.

Since the time I was young, people have invested in me – their time, wisdom and love. Had they not helped me, I would not be able to assist my loyal clientele in ways that go well beyond wise investment management. My clients are good people who care about their families, their communities, and making the most of their hard-earned money.

Who do I serve? Accomplished business owners (many with 401k plans), administrators of corporate retirement plans, sales professionals, owners of family farms, professional athletes and coaches, retired couples, widows and divorcees, generations of families, as well as non-profit organizations.

Clients typically come to me when they’re retired, nearing retirement, or feeling a bit overwhelmed by a major life transition or financial challenge. Many clients aren’t sure if their investments are aligned with their goals. They may require a personal retirement strategy that shows, in simple terms, when they can afford to stop working and the type of retirement lifestyle they can expect. Business owners about to sell their company often benefit from a discussion on succession planning. Other clients may be sending a child to college, or facing multiple issues surrounding a spouse’s declining health. 
Perhaps my greatest competence is my patience – asking questions to provoke discussion, listening closely, and making sure I fully appreciate what each client is going through (financially and emotionally). Using my background and knowledge of behavioral finance and emotional intelligence, I help clients gauge their comfort with investing in general, and risk, in particular. 

Understanding the situations and motivations of each client is critical to satisfying their desire for a fulfilling wealth management experience. It would be my privilege to help you in the same manner – with full confidentiality and uncompromised professionalism.

If you’re looking for a different type of advisor, I believe you’ll find my humility and sincerity to be refreshing. I proudly serve clients I’ve known for decades, as well as their children and grandchildren. My ties to their communities are strong, as are my wife’s – the former Audrey Reid. Together, we share a desire to “lift up” people through our professional and personal endeavors.

When it comes to wealth management, I help clients answer three key questions – “What do I want my wealth to accomplish? Will I get there? And what are my financial blind spots?”

Given my background, I use my accounting and business knowledge, investment discipline, and leadership skills to help guide clients toward their most cherished goals, without allowing their impulsive decisions or a missing piece in their financial puzzle to compromise success.

I should add that I’m not here to impress clients. Instead, I want to educate in ways that can prove beneficial – about the investment they own, wise budgeting and borrowing, long-term care and life insurance. I believe that clear, consistent communications are vital to an enduring client-advisor relationship. To help ensure that client needs are met, I can interact with all designated family members. I also provide clients with:

 • “Realistic” goals-based investing, retirement and education planning, liability management, tax-minimization and estate-planning strategies. My efforts are aligned with each client’s experience with wealth, emotional hot buttons, investment timeline, tax situation, and need for liquidity.
• Disciplined, researched-based investing in which I help clients understand the market’s neuro-economic, geopolitical and macroeconomic effects on their personal situations. Using Merrill Lynch investment models and third-party investment strategies, I typically craft client portfolios across asset classes.

• Access to specialists from Bank of America, N.A. for residential, commercial, and securities-based lending. I also introduce clients to our trust and insurance specialists, and coordinate with clients’ CPAs and attorneys on tax-minimization and estate-planning strategies. NMLS ID 544958

Finally, I enjoy being the “eyes and ears” for clients – helping them anticipate the effects of inflation, rising interest rates and health care costs, as examples. Doing the right thing for clients comes naturally to me. I treat them as I would members of my own family.



Whatever your goals may be, I can help you address them by working to help you manage the financial obstacles that might stand in your way. Toward that end, I can offer you a wide variety of investment products and services, wealth preservation strategies, intergenerational wealth transfer, insurance and annuity products.

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

There is no substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a Merrill Lynch financial advisor committed to your needs – a caring advisor who can leverage the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America to help clients face today’s financial and economic landscape. 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.


We put you first, every day.
Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch financial advisor.

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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.