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The Eckerline Wealth Management Group

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The Eckerline Wealth Management Group

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Wealth Management

We believe the most influential factor in successful wealth management isn't share price, dividend growth or even investment selection. Rather, it's your life, your family, your aspirations and your needs. These are the true drivers of the work we do, the basis of the strategies we build with you, and it is against these strategies that we measure our success.
A Differentiated Level of Care

When you care about people, they know it. They perceive it in your words, your deeds, and your follow-through. They witness your presence in their lives, during highs and lows, triumphs and challenges. They know you are there for them now and on the path that lies ahead. 

At Eckerline Wealth Management, we believe the care we bring to our relationships is the factor that most differentiates us. We have decades of experience, advanced education, designations, accolades, and technical insight. You’d expect nothing less. But in selecting a guide for you, your family, your business, and your charitable interests, we believe our heart is the deciding factor. We’re “all in” when it comes to your success—as you define it. 

We understand that “wealth” encompasses so much. Your balance sheet is an important part of your wealth, of course, but true wealth extends into many aspects of your life – the happiness of your family members, the opportunities you encounter, the security of your finances, the stability of your health, the well-being of your community, and your sense of purpose in life. 

We’re gratified to have served some client families for more than thirty years, spanning three generations. And we’re proud that client referrals are our primary source of new relationships. Our energy and passion for our work continue, invigorated by the caliber of our client relationships.  We serve good, kind people who want to derive meaning and impact from their wealth, not just for themselves, but for their loved ones and cherished causes. 

We’re grateful to the individuals and families who have allowed us to be an important part of their lives. We invite you to read about the mindset and values we bring to our work and encourage you to reach out to us as we continue to chart a path forward.

Our Story

Our founder, Peter Eckerline, began his career at Merrill in 1983 with a long-term goal in mind: to be the preeminent provider of wealth management advice and guidance to individuals and families in Minnesota and the greater Midwest – to serve, guide, and support like no other team. As Peter’s career progressed, he incrementally welcomed new members to the team, carefully vetting each individual to align with client needs and the team’s overarching values. 

Today, the Eckerline Wealth Management Group is nine-members strong. We continue to embrace the vision that Peter forged for our team, insisting on the highest quality of advice, service, and dedication. Our leadership team now includes Krystal Julius, a long-time collaborator with Peter and a trusted partner, as well as Mark Eckerline, Peter’s brother and a 40-year wealth management veteran, and Madeline Thun, a skilled investment professional who has been with the team since 2014. 

Our team is anchored by our administrative and service professionals whom we believe are without equal. Client families are quick to note their excellence—and we concur. They include Martha LeWin, Laura Traxler, Wendy Meyer, Lynn Eckerline, and Britta Sorensen. These committed professionals are the engine that drives our work. Their continuity and tenure with our team speak to our cohesiveness as a group and the collegiality that infuses our office. We care deeply about each other, and that spirit manifests in the way we support shared goals for client outcomes. 

When we speak with clients, discuss their aspirations, chart their progress, and hear of their life events, we feel the same energy and enthusiasm that has guided our work from the beginning. We are grateful to serve and look forward to supporting client achievements and milestones in the days, months, and years ahead.

The Clients We Serve

Significant wealth is often accompanied by complexity. Clients don’t simply have more wealth—they have more options and decision points. 

At the Eckerline Wealth Management Group, we are deeply skilled in unwinding wealth’s complexities. We work with high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, and their businesses, helping them deploy, preserve, and transfer their wealth more effectively. Clients come to us from varied paths. Some are senior executives or professionals. Others are business owners and entrepreneurs. And still others are businesses and institutions that want to to build organizational capacity or enhance their mission fulfillment.

Our suite of services is integrated by design. We believe that wealth functions more effectively when a client’s overall picture is considered. That framework includes varied wealth disciplines, like investment management, banking and lending, strategy and planning, trust and estate planning services, insurance, and philanthropy. But it also includes other “once-off” questions that arise, requiring a steady hand and persistent effort. 

We look to be a single source for financial answers—whatever the issue or need. We know that wealth issues are people issues, family issues, and life issues. We are gratified to ease someone’s burden, connect a person to the right resource, resolve a long-standing concern, or simply listen when someone needs an empathetic ear. We are Advisors and Associates, but also mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, siblings, and community members. Our human touch, we believe, firmly grounds our work to the real world, allowing us to have an impact on clients whom we deeply value as people.

The Difference We Offer

At the Eckerline Group, we believe we are a different kind of team for a different kind of client. Here are a few aspects that differentiate our approach:

  • We serve good, kind people. It’s said that your clients reflect your values as a team. We are so proud of the families we serve and are honored to call many of them enduring friends.
  • We are discreet. Client privacy is extremely important to us—a precept that we take very seriously as a team.
  • We row the same way. Collegiality and collaboration not only make our lives better, but clients’ lives, as well. When you interact with us, you have the satisfaction of working with a smoothly functioning team.
  • We are loyal. Your well-being is what matters to us. We have earned a reputation for placing client interests at the forefront of what we do.
  • We are invested in your happiness. Our team shares one mindset: we are ALL relationship managers, dedicated to enhancing your client experience through our skills, talents, and heart.
To discuss how your needs align with our capabilities, please reach out to us using the red CONTACT US button on our landing page. We are eager to learn more about your goals and aspirations, and the ways our service model can support those intentions.


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.

Krystal M Julius

Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” 2020

 Barron’s “Top 100 Financial Advisors” 2020

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.

Dennis Frantsve

Dennis Frantsve

Alternative Investments Regional Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Trent Lorenzen

Trent Lorenzen

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #681407

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.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
  • Education Funding1
  • 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 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

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.


    MyMerrill is your online destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

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      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 we can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can we 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.


      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.