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The Flack Wealth Management Team

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The Flack Wealth Management Team

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Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management

We understand the unique challenges that successful executives, business owners, and their families face and strive to give our clients time back to enjoy their lives while helping them more confidently and wisely pursue prosperity.

Our focus is on fostering intimate, meaningful client relationships based on trust and respect – upheld by complete wealth management.

Professional Profile

For many successful executives and business owners, finding balance in their personal and professional lives is an ongoing quest. Between family responsibilities, career commitments and vastly complex wealth, these high-net-worth investors rarely have the time and resources required to secure their ideal financial futures.

The Flack Wealth Management Team understands these challenges, and we dedicate our financial advisory service model to supporting executives, business owners and families with in-depth, personalized wealth management services. With over 110 years of collective industry experience, we strive to give clients time back to enjoy their lives while helping them more confidently and wisely pursue prosperity. Our full-service, intimate advisory relationships help clients create, grow and preserve their wealth with tax-sensitive strategies that address more than their investment portfolios. From retirement planning to liability/liquidity planning and beyond, we embrace client's full wealth picture to help them comprehensively manage their financial life for generations.

Our Philosophy

The Flack Wealth Management team cares deeply about the clients we serve and believe that the only way to fully support their wealth management needs is by limiting the number of investors we support. By doing so, we work to ensure we always have the time and resources to deliver deep client service in every advisory step based on:

 - Meaningful Relationships:  Because we don't focus on serving transactional needs, we are able to foster long-term relationships where we know clients as investors and individuals. We build meaningful client relationships based on trust and respect - and upheld by complete wealth management. In fact, our team has often formed dear friendships with clients and their families throughout the years.

 - Thorough Planning Support:  Deep planning support is the foundation of our advisory guidance. We believe that the better we understand the breadth of clients' financial needs, goals, and visions, the better able we are to help them pursue their desired financial life in every wealth stage. With thorough planning support, we can address clients' assets and liabiilities under a united, forward-looking wealth plan based on their unique financial objectives.

 - Modern, Skilled Guidance:  The financial marketplace and clients' lives continuously evolve. To support tomorrow's objectives, we stay current with the dynamic financial environments and pending legislation changes, as these developments can greatly impact clients' financial outlook and wealth plan.

 - Proactive Communication: 
We believe informed, educated clients make wiser financial decisions. No matter what the markets are doing, we seek to provide calm, clear, and thoughtful advice for logical decision making - and we proactively communicate so clients never feel in the dark about their financial details.

How we help clients

Clients at various stages in their lives count on us to help them find ways to pursue their financial and life goals, including:

  • The retirement lifestyle they envision
  • Preparing for the cost of the best education possible for their children and grandchildren
  • Wealth transfer to the next generation
  • Establishment of their legacy through family foundations and philanthropy
  • Diversifying business interests
  • Potential solutions for managing concentrated equity holdings

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.


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. We work with you to develop a customized financial approach, drawing on the best thinking of our firm, to help you with your financial future. We will make it clear what you’re paying for and what you’re getting. As your life needs and market conditions change, we can meet to help make sure you’re on track in pursuing your goals and to adjust your approach as needed for the journey ahead.

Focus On Individuals, Families and Small Businesses

We believe that financial success can be achieved when you’re able to make investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals. So whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or fund a child’s education, We start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.

  • 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

This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare or Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare or social security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor.

  • We believe the quality of our team's professionals is just as important as the quality of service we offer. We have built an advisory practice comprised of dedicated industry professionals with in-depth experience and a client-first attitude - and who also genuinely enjoy their jobs. Our lead advisor, Janet Flack and Investment Associate Rich Flack, are also a devoted husband-wife advisory team, who greatly value the importance of respectful, meaningful partnerships.

Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Christine Marie Lopez Portillo

Christine Marie Lopez Portillo

Wealth Management Banking Specialist


Kristina L Christenson

Kristina L Christenson

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #767182

Joseph McCullough

Joseph McCullough

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Your Financial Approach

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.

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 Funds4
  • Private Foundations4
  • Charitable Trusts4
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
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
  • Education Funding1
  • Insurance3

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.

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.

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.

    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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      Let’s Have a Conversation

      We believe there is no substitute for having a relationship with a team of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors committed to your needs, who can leverage the investment insights of Merrill and offer access to the banking convenience of Bank of America to help clients navigate the financial and economic landscapes. Let’s work together to help you pursue 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.


      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.

      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.

      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.