BMWT & Associates

Merrill Lynch

BMWT & Associates

Wealth Management
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Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a customized financial strategy designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

BMWT & Associates

Guiding Clients Toward Their Financial Goals

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With a century of collective financial services experience, BMWT & Associates offers wealth management services from its office in Evansville, Indiana. Our team brings clients access to the worldwide resources and investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America. We assist retirees and pre-retirees, business owners, retired executives and institutions in building, managing and preserving their wealth.

As a client-oriented team in a service industry, our mission is to help you pursue your life and financial goals through exceptional personal service. We have had the pleasure of working with many clients for more than two decades. Many of these relationships have grown to include several generations of the same family.

Our client-to-staff ratio is intentionally kept low to create an intimate and highly personalized environment. This affords us substantial time to devote to each relationship, so we can truly understand what is important to you, and offer the advice and guidance and exceptional service you deserve.

A Goals-Based Wealth Management Approach to Your Life

Our dynamic and individualized approach to wealth management is built on personal relationships and shaped by an understanding of your life. Although strategies, tactics and tools are important elements in our process, we believe that effective wealth management should begin with a client-centric, goals-based view of what's important to you—your mission, vision and values. 

During our initial meetings, in addition to gathering pertinent financial data, we focus on other areas of importance including: your family, health, leisure, giving, home and work. Going beyond your investment statements, insurance policies and other financial documents, we seek to capture a clear understanding of who you are, what is important to you and how we can help. 

Regular tailored portfolio reviews provide you with an opportunity to reassess your asset allocation in light of changes in the market or your personal situation. If changes to your portfolio are needed, we will work together to evaluate the risk versus return of each investment recommendation in order to remain within your stated risk tolerance.

Working together and maintaining relationships with your attorneys, accountants and other key professionals helps us to clarify the various aspects of your wealth management strategy. We can also access Merrill Lynch specialists as needed, in such areas as managed solutions, insurance, and estate and retirement planning services, to gain their insight on your behalf. Furthermore, we can access a variety of Bank of America services, including investment banking, lending and trust services.

The foundation of our investment philosophy is to get to know each client individually in order to clearly understand his or her needs, goals and aspirations. We also want to know that their expectations are reasonable given their time horizon, liquidity needs, short- and long-term goals and risk tolerance. Once we have that understanding, we identify investments that are appropriately suited to help pursue their needs and wants, while considering costs, efficiency and effectiveness.

The goal with all portfolios is to reduce downside volatility without drastically limiting the upside potential. Therefore, we utilize investment managers who are long-term oriented as well as those who are tactically focused. In diversifying investment products and styles, we look for those that can complement one another, and steadily monitor them to see that they are performing the way we intend. We utilize the strength of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research and vetting process along with our own years of experience to identify the strategies that can match each client's outlook.
Any information presented in connection with BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research is general in nature and is not intended to provide personal investment advice. The information does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any specific person who may receive it. Investors should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized. BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research is equity research produced by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and/or one or more of its non-U.S. affiliates. BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that the firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision.

Integrated Wealth Management Services and Strategies

We can work together with your outside tax and legal advisers to offer a single point of contact, thoughtful advice and disciplined guidance to address your financial services requirements. This can greatly reduce your need to work with multiple banks, brokers, money managers and other financial service providers. The tailored strategies we offer extend beyond wealth management to a wide range of financial services, helping you prepare for your future with insights you can use to make decisions today.

Retirement planning: We develop strategies for pre-retirees and those already in retirement to help them create an efficient, steady retirement. Utilizing sophisticated Merrill Lynch retirement analytics, we will help you answer questions that could impact your retirement picture, such as: Can I retire? Do I have enough to cover my needs, my dreams and the unexpected? How do today's choices affect others I care about tomorrow? Is there life after work?

Strategies for business: We help corporate executives and entrepreneurs focus on business and personal finances by offering access to a significant range of financial services, including corporate cash management, retirement plan services, business succession, estate planning services, gifting strategies and insurance. We can also access Bank of America lending, corporate and home financing and banking services. If you are contemplating the sale of your business, we can connect you with Bank of America investment bankers.

Institutional clients: We offer a wealth of knowledge and experience helping private and public organizations pursue their mission and fiduciary goals. Working with specialists from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting, who have deep expertise in these areas, we can offer access to a wide range of customized consulting services to hospitals, religious organizations, colleges and other institutional clients. In addition, we can offer institutional and individual clients with significant assets access to a variety of investment advisory services through Merrill Lynch Consulting Services.

*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions business of BofA Corp. Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions (Philanthropic Solutions) is part of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation (“U.S. Trust”). U.S. Trust operates through Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC, and other subsidiaries of BofA Corp. For both GIC and Philanthropic Solutions, banking and fiduciary activities are performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp, including Bank of America, N.A. Both brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer, Member Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and registered investment adviser; the nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and clients’ rights and MLPF&S’s obligations will differ depending upon the products and services actually provided. Global Institutional Consultants mentioned herein are registered representatives with MLPF&S and may assist you with investment products and services.


A Multi-Generational Team of Advisors

When making the important decision about choosing a financial advisor, we believe it is important to look beyond today to future generations. The diversity of our team, in our range of ages, helps us relate to multiple generations of client families and understand your vision of the future. We have the ability to serve the many varying financial needs that may occur during your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren. Given our goal to help you preserve, grow and transfer your wealth for future generations, it only makes sense that we would want to build a team that can deliver in the future.


Teamwork is intrinsic to our approach for helping clients pursue their financial goals. Our team of talented, caring financial services professionals has extensive experience and diverse capabilities that we draw upon to help address the complex needs of clients. Although you will have a lead relationship manager, we all collaborate and bring our professional backgrounds and experiences to the table to help us apply a broad perspective to the serious business of helping you pursue your financial objectives. We understand and can access the resources necessary to address the different financial needs that can arise at different stages of your life, from raising a family and accumulating wealth to asset preservation and generating a sustainable income throughout retirement.


We gain the most gratification from building and tending to meaningful relationships with clients and multiple generations of their families. Our goal is to continue to develop lifelong relationships that evolve with your life and the lives of your family members to help secure your family's legacy for generations to come. We regularly facilitate discussions among family members about values and goals, identifying common interests and developing a shared sense of direction.

We can facilitate the transfer of assets from one generation to the next. With your permission, we'll help educate heirs about their future wealth in order to address the concerns and emotions involved in wealth transitions. Our goal is to serve as a bridge to unite multiple generations of family members to discuss activities and issues that are important to you.

  • We have the honor of providing a service to clients every day. We treat them with the same respect and personal attention that we would give our close friends and family members.John D Musgrave, First Vice President, Senior Consultant

Meet the Team

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.

Steven R Bass

Steven R Bass

Senior Consultant

John D Musgrave

John D Musgrave

Senior Consultant

Terry  Wheeler

Terry Wheeler

Senior Financial Advisor

Bradley A Williams

Bradley A Williams

Senior Financial Advisor

Robin L Thomas

Robin L Thomas

Financial Advisor

Michael F Powers

Michael F Powers

Financial Advisor

Tracy  McEuen

Tracy McEuen

Financial Advisor

Debbie L Elbrink

Debbie L Elbrink

Investment Associate

Meredith  Schrefer

Meredith Schrefer

Registered Client Associate

Ronda  Sweet

Ronda Sweet

Client Associate

Brittany  Small

Brittany Small

Client Associate

Patricia A Cobb

Patricia A Cobb

Client Associate


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.