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Recognition

Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from financial industry publications or directly from Bank of America Corporation. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

Rebekah Fa'asau

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2022
Published on April 7, 2022.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2021
Published on February 11, 2021. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2020.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2020
Published on January 16, 2020.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2019.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2019
Published on February 20, 2019. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2018.

Forbes "Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors 2019
Published on September 4, 2019. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2019.

Profile

Rebekah began her career at Merrill in 2007 and has earned a number of distinguished accolades.  Forbes recognized her as one of “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in 2018 (Published on July 25, 2018. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2018), “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” from 2019 through 2022 (Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year), "America's Top Women Wealth Advisors" from 2020 through 2021 (Published annually Feb – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 – September 30 of prior year), "America's Top Woman Wealth Advisors Best-in-State" in 2022 (Published on February 4, 2022. Rankings based on data as of Sept 30, 2021) and “Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in 2019 (Published on September 4, 2019. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2019).  Working Mother Magazine recognized her as one of their “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” from 2018 through 2021 (Published annually Sept – Oct. Rankings based on data as of Mar 31 of current year). 

Rebekah offers advice and guidance based on your goals and priorities– for yourself and your family. Her wealth management strategy places the investor at the center of our focus, not the market. Using an understanding of your life as a foundation, she will recommend appropriate financial strategies designed to help you pursue your goals, assist you as you track progress toward them and work with you to adjust your strategy over time, as needed.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Rebekah received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Before joining Merrill she spent five years building her own small business and later helped launch another in the advertising and marketing industry.  Rebekah holds the CRPC®, “Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor" designation and "Wealth Management Advisor” title.  She is also a qualified "Investment Advisory Program Portfolio Manager" who can help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis her own Personalized or Defined Strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies.
 
Rebekah and her husband James have two children and in their free time can be found biking, skiing, kayaking and enjoying the great outdoors of Idaho.





*Source: The Forbes “Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list, published on July 25, 2018. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2018.

Forbes’ “Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list was developed by SHOOK Research. Advisors considered for this ranking were born
in 1980 or later with a minimum of four years of relevant experience; advisors have: built their own practices and lead their teams; joined
teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures: telephone and
in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative
criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criteria because
client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of
SHOOK Research, LLC and not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance or investment outcome.
Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes
Media LLC. All rights reserved.

*Source: The Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list, published annually Jan - April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.

Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based
on in-person, virtual, and telephone due diligence meetings to measure best practices; also considered are: client retention, industry
experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management
and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and
advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the
right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is
not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking.
For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

*Source: The Forbes “Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list, published on September 4, 2019. Rankings based on data as of
March 31, 2019.

Forbes “Best-in-State Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” list was developed by SHOOK Research. Advisors considered for this ranking
were born in 1980 or later with a minimum 4 years relevant experience; advisors have: built their own practices and lead their teams;
joined teams and are viewed as future leadership; or a combination of both. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures:
telephone and in-person interviews, client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations;
and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a
criteria because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based
on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance, or
investment outcome. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. Forbes
is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved. Rankings and recognition from Forbes are no guarantee of future investment
success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings
should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.

*Source: The Forbes “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” list, published annually Feb - April. Rankings based on data as of
June 30 - September 30 of prior year.

Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes.com America’s Top Women Advisors ranking was developed by SHOOK Research
and is based on in-person, virtual and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively, a major component of a
ranking algorithm that includes: client impact, industry experience, review of best practices and compliance records, firm nominations;
and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a
criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK’s research and
rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or
representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research
receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is
a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

*Source: Working Mother/SHOOK Research’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list, published annually Sept - Oct. Rankings based on data as
of Mar 31 of current year.

Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. SHOOK Research considered women advisors with children living at home under 21 years
of age. The ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service
models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc.; and quantitative
criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because
client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions
of SHOOK Research, LLC and not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Rankings and
recognition from Working Mother/SHOOK Research are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or
prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results, and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of
the advisor. Neither SHOOK nor Working Mother receives compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a
ranking. SHOOK Research is a trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC. All rights reserved.

*Source: The Forbes “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-in-State” list, published on February 4, 2022. Rankings based on data as of
Sept 30, 2021.

Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes.com. America’s Top Women Advisors ranking was developed by SHOOK Research
and is based on in-person, virtual and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively, a major component of a
ranking algorithm that includes: client impact, industry experience, review of best practices and compliance records, firm nominations;
and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a
criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK’s research and
rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or
representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research
receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a
registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

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Professional Staff

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Additional Resources

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Bryan Austin

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

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

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Among the reasons I chose to become a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor is because of my passion for helping to educate my clients about investing. As an advisor, one of the most valuable things I can do for clients is to help them understand the markets, my investment process and to help them understand their life priorities and the impact this can have on their wealth management strategy. My advice and strategies are guided by an interest in your life’s goals and priorities.

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, an investment approach that is specific to your unique situations can be helpful. 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.

Capabilities

My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America allows us to help you devise potential solutions designed to help preserve, grow and distribute your wealth. I strive to exceed client expectations through our proactive approach to communication, my attention to personalized service, and commitment to continuing financial education.

Our Process

I am dedicated to helping clients manage and preserve their wealth through a disciplined process that delivers a consistent and customized wealth management experience. My view is that comprehensive wealth management ought to extend beyond maximizing portfolio investment value to include life’s real priorities- education, work, home, family, health, philanthropy and leisure. And into all the stages of life- early adulthood, career, caregiving, retirement, legacy.

Services

What differentiates my practice from others is our highly personalized service. We get to know clients on an intimate, personal level. It’s not about algorithms and pie charts- not even about assets and liabilities. It’s about people understanding people.

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 make 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.

Our Focus

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 and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By 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.



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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.



    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.

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    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.



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      No question too big or moment too small

      For every question you have, every decision you make and every answer you need, we are with you to listen and help guide you along the many paths your life can take. Watch this video to see some questions we can address together.

      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.