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The Iles Schropp Group

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Our team focuses on addressing the investing and fiduciary responsibilities of institutions as well as the wealth management needs of individuals and families. We work closely with clients to determine their needs so that we can craft customized financial strategies to help them pursue their goals.

We start with what’s important to you

We take the time to listen and learn about the needs and goals of our clients — whether it’s working directly with individuals to help pursue personal wealth management goals, or working with organizations to develop an investment strategy, we’re here to help.

About Us

Meet the Team

Our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The Iles Schropp Group is supported by talented specialists who have experience working with institutions and share a strong commitment to guiding investment programs and strategic decision making.

Timothy L Thomas

Timothy L Thomas

Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

Robert Hinnant

Robert Hinnant

AI Specialist

Merrill Lynch

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Cynthia J Price

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #533709

How we make an impact to reach your goals

Every institution is unique, with its own specific purpose, objectives and concerns. The Iles Schropp Group understands the challenges your organization faces in pursuing your mission and goals. As wealth management professionals with experience on the board of directors and committees of nonprofit organizations, we can bring insight and empathy to our relationships with institutional clients across the tax-exempt spectrum. We also maintain a significant wealth management advisory practice for individual clients and their families, as part of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

Scott A. Schropp is among an exclusive group of Merrill financial advisors who have been designated as Global Institutional Consultants, after undergoing a rigorous selection process, including a comprehensive, multidimensional professional assessment. Global institutional consultants are required to possess professional credentials, such as the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) or the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.

Supported by partners Ryan D. Iles and Wesley F. Schropp, and the associate team, Scott can deploy a sophisticated skill set. A disciplined investment and problem-solving approach enables the team to offer services to a wide range of institutions, with a focus on foundations, endowments and other nonprofit entities.

Beyond our own experience, we offer access to the deep intellectual capital and broad capabilities of a global leader, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. If your organization has a specific need, we can connect with the right people and resources to help you. As we help you navigate toward your future goals, we can make a large financial institution feel much more accessible. Education is central to our approach. Our team members hold a number of designations that represent a commitment to expanding their knowledge in order to serve clients better.

We care deeply about helping our clients meet their goals and fulfill their missions. We demonstrate this daily by our diligence, responsiveness and commitment to lifelong learning.

*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management business of BofA Corp. Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by wholly owned non-bank affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a dually registered broker-dealer and investment adviser and member SIPC.  

Approach

You and your employees are at the center of everything we do. That’s why take the time to understand the needs and goals of your organization and its employees and then work with you to create a plan that aligns with your benefits philosophy, objectives and budget. can be a knowledgeable resource for you and can recommend action-based strategies to help improve plan participation. We can also support you with access to investment and fiduciary services, employee education and ongoing involvement in your plan including regular plan check-ins.

Retirement Accredited Financial Advisor

As a Bank of America Retirement Accredited Financial Advisor[s] (RAFA), The Iles Schropp Group  is one of a select group of Merrill advisors specialized in defined contribution plans who can add value to your plan by:

  • Offering access to 3(21) fiduciary services1
  • Helping you shape your investment strategies
  • Offering thoughtful advice without a proprietary investment requirement
  • Providing periodic reporting and helping you understand results and measurements to assist you in managing your plan over time
  • Working with you to create a plan that is designed to drive employee engagement and positive participant behavior
  • Assisting in the delivery of employee financial wellness programs and education
  • Educating employees on connecting their life priorities with their finances to help them pursue what matters most to them

1 Fiduciary Advisory Services is an investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”). MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC and a wholly owned subsidiary of BofA Corp. MLPF&S. MLPF&S offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining which service or services to select. All recommendations must be based on the suitability requirements of the client. Please refer to the Fiduciary Advisory Services Brochure for information on the program including a description of the series and related fees.

Our Services

We understand that members of endowment and foundation boards and investment committees have a significant responsibility with respect to the assets under their care. To complicate matters, many entities are managed by private trustees who may not have the time, resources or expertise required to develop, implement and review a disciplined, long-range investment strategy. Scott Schropp, supported by members of The Iles Schropp Group, have made investment consulting for not-for-profit organizations a central part of the team's practice. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, they are well positioned to help institutions explore the issues they face from multiple perspectives.
We can work with trustees, directors and investment committee members on

  • Fund-raising and capital campaigns
  • Donor growth strategies
  • Planned-giving strategies, tailored to various market and economic conditions
  • Board and staff education on best practices, including those involving compliance policies and governance and administration
  • Grant-making policies

Outsourced CIO Services

Outsourced CIO services allows institutional investors to delegate the day-to-day management of their entire portfolios to Bank of America through Global Institutional Consulting. This, in turn, leverages the firm's institutional resources, governance and research depth to seek predictable and consistent investment performance in line with an institution's goals. The Iles Schropp Group offers access to a spectrum of OCIO solutions ranging from client-directed implementation to fully discretionary service, with the institution's needs and preferences driving the recommended solutions.*


Socially Responsible Investing

For those organizations that want to have a portion of their investments aligned with their social concerns, we can help create and implement investment portfolios consistent with their humane, moral and environmental values.
The Iles Schropp Group serves a wide range of institutional clients that are classified as tax-exempt charitable organizations under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code

  • Mission-based social services organizations
  • Hospitals and other health care foundations
  • College and secondary school endowments
  • Public and private foundations
  • Community foundations
  • Family offices
 

*Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

* The OCIO product offering is an established investment program offering delivered through Bank of America Private Bank portfolio management team and investment services are performed by that same team. Global Institutional Consultants offer access to these services.

*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management business of BofA Corp. Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by wholly owned non-bank affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a dually registered broker-dealer and investment adviser and member SIPC.  

*Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.  

Our Services

We understand that members of endowment and foundation boards and investment committees have a significant responsibility with respect to the assets under their care. To complicate matters, many entities are managed by private trustees who may not have the time, resources or expertise required to develop, implement and review a disciplined, long-range investment strategy. Scott Schropp, supported by members of The Iles Schropp Group, have made investment consulting for not-for-profit organizations a central part of the team's practice. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, they are well positioned to help institutions explore the issues they face from multiple perspectives.
We can work with trustees, directors and investment committee members on

  • Fund-raising and capital campaigns
  • Donor growth strategies
  • Planned-giving strategies, tailored to various market and economic conditions
  • Board and staff education on best practices, including those involving compliance policies and governance and administration
  • Grant-making policies

Outsourced CIO Services

Outsourced CIO services allows institutional investors to delegate the day-to-day management of their entire portfolios to Bank of America through Global Institutional Consulting. This, in turn, leverages the firm's institutional resources, governance and research depth to seek predictable and consistent investment performance in line with an institution's goals. The Iles Schropp Group offers access to a spectrum of OCIO solutions ranging from client-directed implementation to fully discretionary service, with the institution's needs and preferences driving the recommended solutions.*


Socially Responsible Investing

For those organizations that want to have a portion of their investments aligned with their social concerns, we can help create and implement investment portfolios consistent with their humane, moral and environmental values.
The Iles Schropp Group serves a wide range of institutional clients that are classified as tax-exempt charitable organizations under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code

  • Mission-based social services organizations
  • Hospitals and other health care foundations
  • College and secondary school endowments
  • Public and private foundations
  • Community foundations
  • Family offices
 

*Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

* The OCIO product offering is an established investment program offering delivered through Bank of America Private Bank portfolio management team and investment services are performed by that same team. Global Institutional Consultants offer access to these services.

*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management business of BofA Corp. Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by wholly owned non-bank affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a dually registered broker-dealer and investment adviser and member SIPC.  

*Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.  

Recognition

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

Ryan D. Iles

Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors" in 2019

Forbes “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors”  2017, 2018, and 2020

Scott A. Schropp

Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors:State-by-State 2016

We start with what’s important to you

At Bank of America, we take the time to listen and learn about the needs and goals of your institution and the people it serves – it’s these real-world insights that guide our strategies and personalized service.

Solutions for Institutions

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Helping institutions meet their investment needs

We put the resources and intellectual capital of Merrill to work for institutional clients like you by delivering thoughtful advice and sophisticated investment strategies through focused client-centric consulting. We help organizations like yours address today’s complex investment challenges through an integrated, goals-based investment process that enables them to redefine success, manage risk and help fulfill their missions.

For Plan Sponsors

Your role as a plan sponsor is more challenging than ever, and it’s not something to face alone. We bring the resources and thought leadership from Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates to bear in helping you provide a strong, healthy and fully compliant program that runs smoothly, engages your employees and makes your job easier. We can help you focus on the areas that may be helpful to plan success, including Fiduciary Advisory Services 1 and Education and Plan Services 2 appropriate for your plan.

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Through Fiduciary Advisory Services, we can help you design and maintain an investment menu.
  • Investment Policy Statement (IPS)3
  • Comprehensive due diligence processes to identify appropriate investments 
  • Proactive delivery – online and by your designated advisor – of investment performance reporting every quarter 
  • Report providing fund analysis and market trends.

1 Fiduciary Advisory Services is an investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”). Merrill offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining which service or services to select. All recommendations must be based on the suitability requirements of the client. Please refer to the Fiduciary Advisory Services Brochure for information on the program including a description of the series and related fees.

2 Education and Plan Services are non-fiduciary services required for Advisor Alliance clients and optional for MLII clients.

3 IPS service is not available for FAS Discretionary. The plan sponsor is responsible for the approval and final adoption of the IPS.

For Employees

All our efforts revolve around helping your employees pursue their goals. With Bank of America Corporation’s long legacy of service excellence, we take a holistic approach to helping your employees connect their life priorities and financial priorities—in and beyond their benefit plans. By broadening our view to include an employee’s entire financial picture, both in and out of plan, we believe we can help your employees better manage and gain control of their finances.
 

  • Holistic approach to helping improve overall financial wellness
  • Personalized plan saving and investing advice through Advice Access
  • Comprehensive employee education program
  • Choice of service channels – in person, by phone or self-directed online

Advice Access is an investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill that uses a probabilistic approach to determine the likelihood that participants in the program may be able to achieve their specified annual retirement income goal and/or to identify a potential wealth outcome that could be realized. Additionally, the recommendations provided by Advice Access may include a higher level of investment risk than a participant may be personally comfortable with. Participants are strongly advised to consider their personal goals, overall risk tolerance, and retirement horizon before accepting any recommendations made by Advice Access. Participants should carefully review the explanation of the methodology used, including key assumptions and limitations, which is provided in the Advice Access disclosure document (ADV Part 2A) statement. It can be obtained through Benefits OnLine or through your representative.

IMPORTANT: The projections or other information shown in the Advice Access program regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results and are not guarantees of future results. Results may vary with each use and over time.

Supporting a strong retirement plan and helping to keep it on track

The retirement and financial needs of your employees, as well as the responsibility those needs create for you as an employer, are important to you. We offer the solutions your employees may need to help pursue their financial goals and maintain financial wellness. Our array of resources and experience is designed to help meet your employees’ financial needs in ways that make sense for your company — strategically, operationally and financially. You and your employees will have a team of experienced and passionate advocates for financial wellness on your side. Our team will make your priorities their own so you can focus more on your business.

Investment Solutions

We provide access to a full suite of potential investment solutions for non-profit organizations, foundations, endowments and corporate retirement and pension plans. Our level of involvement is based on your preference — from traditional consulting, to client-directed implementation, to full discretionary outsourced CIO services. We work with your CFO, board  of directors and investment committee to develop a tailored investment strategy that is consistent with your culture, goals, preferences and risk profile.

Disciplined Investment Process

We follow a disciplined process that helps to address your organization’s changing needs and provides you with a potentially higher probability of achieving your long-term investment goals.

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Investment Policy Statement Development and Review

Act as liaison between institutional clients and Merrill's Investment Policy Statement (IPS) service, which creates and modifies an IPS, based on the client’s investment goals and objectives.

2

Strategic Allocation Modeling

Customizable asset allocation based on the Chief Investment Office capital market assumptions.

3

Investment Manager Due Diligence

Recommend investment solutions leveraging Merrill's thorough and rigorous due diligence process.

4

Investment Manager Search and Selection

Advanced portfolio construction techniques combined with client specific objectives and Merrill's capital market guidance.

5

Portfolio Strategy

Leverage Merrill's global intellectual capital including tactical tilts to potentially help increase returns.

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Performance Measurement

Review, quantify and evaluate performance to identify opportunities to refine the portfolio’s overall strategy, based on the Investment Policy Statement.

Endowments, Foundations and Nonprofits

We understand the issues nonprofits, endowments and foundations address in funding their missions in an ever-changing financial climate. Drawing on the global resources of Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates, we offer insight, guidance and personalized service to help institutions develop and execute investment strategies focused on what matters most to them and the people they serve.

Impact investing and/or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.

And More

Beyond our experience, we offer access to the deep intellectual capital and broad capabilities of Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates. If we identify a need we can’t service ourselves, we can connect you with the people and resources to help you. Through our network of advisors, we strive to deliver strategies to help you manage the day-to-day and long-term responsibilities required in pursuing your institution’s goals. As we work together to address your evolving needs, we can make the broad capabilities of Bank of America Corporation feel much more accessible.

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Solutions for Individuals

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Philosophy

We believe the best financial approach is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Worried about managing future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth to future generations? With access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, we will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.

Approach

We begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether it's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing your financial approach to help you pursue your passions, or providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, we start by listening to learn more about you and your family.

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and help you refine your investing preferences. Together, we can help customize your investment approach. Using an understanding of your priorities and investment personality as a foundation, we help you access the full breadth of resources from Bank of America’s banking products and services and Merrill’s investment insights to address all aspects of your financial life.

Capabilities

Our  process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We view ourselves as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill 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 approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us 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 approach.

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 approach, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what’s most important to you.

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Reviews to help you 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.

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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.

Wealth Management Your Way

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

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, 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.

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FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services4
  • Education Funding1
  • Insurance3
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HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
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HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
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WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
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LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
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GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds4
  • Private Foundations4
  • Charitable Trusts4
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FINANCE
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill 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

¹ Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
² Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
³ Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.

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