Thorndyke Sheppard Group

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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.

David N Sheppard

David N Sheppard

Wealth Management Advisor

847.550.7878
Mark W Thorndyke

Mark W Thorndyke

Wealth Management Advisor

312.696.7645
Derek B Anderson

Derek B Anderson

Senior Investment Associate

847.550.7877
Judson D Nierman

Judson D Nierman

Senior Investment Associate

312.696.7629
Thomas  O'Mera

Thomas O'Mera

Analyst Business Management

312.696.2079
Kim M Stricker

Kim M Stricker

Analyst Business Management

847.550.7876
David J Ponsot

David J Ponsot

Wealth Management Advisor

312.696.7607
James Murphy

James Murphy

Senior Financial Advisor

312.696.2083
Sally K Blume-Kelly

Sally K Blume-Kelly

Wealth Management Advisor

312.696.2117
Suzanne  Austin

Suzanne Austin

Investment Associate

312.696.2151
Matthew P Nies

Matthew P Nies

Financial Advisor

312.696.7573
Rees  Mason

Rees Mason

Financial Advisor

312.696.7617
Monika Sinila Walczak

Monika Sinila Walczak

Financial Advisor

312.596.0398
Matthew  Pomerantz

Matthew Pomerantz

Financial Advisor

312.696.7613
Joseph J Shannon

Joseph J Shannon

Financial Advisor

773.598.1239
JUSTIN  BROSSEAU

JUSTIN BROSSEAU

Financial Advisor

312.696.7576
Dov  Getz

Dov Getz

Financial Advisor

312.696.2103
Kayla M Gardner, CPFA

Kayla M Gardner, CPFA

Financial Advisor

312.696.7563
Michelle L Koehn

Michelle L Koehn

Registered Senior Client Associate

312.696.2154
Svitlana  Popyk

Svitlana Popyk

Financial Advisor

847.550.7867
Brian D Sheppard

Brian D Sheppard

Investment Associate

847.550.7879
Christin  Ferro

Christin Ferro

Registered Client Associate

312.696.2073
Erica  Perez

Erica Perez

Client Associate

312.696.7688
Andrew M Apel

Andrew M Apel

Client Associate

312.696.7657
Elvira  Portera

Elvira Portera

Registered Client Associate

312.696.2061
JESSICA  SPONDOURIS

JESSICA SPONDOURIS

Client Associate

847.550.7875

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

Our mission is to understand you and your priorities. 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. We then help you design, implement and periodically monitor a customized wealth management strategy that helps you and your family pursue your personal financial goals without unnecessary investment risk. Our wealth management approach is about using wealth to help turn goals into reality. When you succeed, we succeed.

Philosophy

We believe it is important that you take positive steps towards your financial future, and that means getting more than just investment advice. We take the time to get to understand who you are, what you hope to achieve and what keeps you up at night. Using an understanding of your life and priorities as a foundation, we can work with you to build a goals-based financial strategy.

Capabilities

Using the broad investing resources of Merrill Lynch, we can also assist with income management, education funding, retirement planning, and guidance for executives with concentrated stock positions, traditional and alternative investments, wealth transfer and estate planning services. And with your permission we can also work closely with your other professionals, such as attorneys, accountants and other specialists, to help you pursue your goals.

Focus On Individuals and Families

We work primarily with high-net-worth individuals and families. We’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
We 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 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, 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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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.