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The GCCA Group

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Welcome to The GCCA Group

Welcome to The GCCA Group

We are committed to earning your trust and serving present and future generations.  We are focused on helping you solve the challenges that wealth can bring, and providing you access to the investment resources of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America.

The advice and specific strategies we provide are based on years of collective experience.  We know that clients who create wealth often have definite ideas about what they want to accomplish and who they trust to assist them in the process.  We intentionally limit the number of clients we advise which enables us to devote substantial time and energy to help evaluate and tailor individual strategies for you. This allows us to be responsive to your personal goals and to focus our time and talent on providing those services that contribute to simplifying your financial life.

Your vision for the future may include the values you wish to hand down to your children, grandchildren, and future generations.  Our experience and attention to detail help create the environment for articulating, evaluating, and realizing that vision.

You will find that a relationship with us can go well beyond investment management, extending to the advice and strategies we offer that are intended to help prioritize and pursue what is important to you.


Innovative Ideas Supported by Goals-Based Wealth Management Planning

Through the ups and downs of the markets, our clients are driven to succeed.  But as the scale of wealth grows, so does the importance of having a wealth management plan designed to address virtually every financial situation you may encounter.

Your plan begins by working with a GCCA financial advisor who asks thoughtful questions, understands your needs and views, and is prepared to contribute whatever time may be necessary to help you plan and pursue your goals, short- and long-term.  Your plan may also be augmented with access to a global network of information, analysts and specialists, and the credit and lending capabilities of Bank of America.

To arrive at a goals-based wealth management plan designed specifically for you, we commit significant resources—both human and technological—to help you comprehend, track, and remain committed to your progress toward your goals.  This is primarily done though periodic reviews that we conduct with you, which then allows us to make any necessary revisions due to changes in your personal circumstances or the financial markets.

We’ve built our reputation by demonstrating passion, commitment, and competence as we aspire to make sound financial decisions.


What Clients Can Expect

We believe that our clients benefit from our ability to offer access to sophisticated investment strategies through Merrill and credit and lending solutions through Bank of America.

You can expect dedicated attention, advice and personalized guidance.  You will have access to the world-class research and insights from some of the brightest minds in the financial services industry.  We can offer you a wide range of investment advisory and other financial products and services through one of the broadest and most open platforms in the financial industry.

We view every interaction with you and your family as an opportunity to listen and learn about what is most important to you.   This allows us to have a more thorough and comprehensive picture of what you value most and how you structure your priorities.  If you’re uncertain about how to pursue specific goals we can help you define and prioritize them.

*Any information presented in connection with BofA 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 Global Research is equity research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. (“BofAS”) and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofA 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.

Institutional Investor magazine announced BofA Global Research as one of the Top Global Research Firms in 2020 based on surveys held throughout the year. The magazine creates rankings of the top research analysts in a wide variety of specializations, drawn from the choices of portfolio managers and other investment professionals at more than 1,000 firms. BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc (“BofAS”) and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. For more information about this award, go to Rankings and recognition from Institutional Investor are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.

Pursuing Clients' Visions

Affluent individuals, families and their businesses share a common need for an advisor or advisor team they can trust.  We stress to them that open communication is integral to a successful working relationship, and we believe that to be evident in virtually every interaction we have with clients.

Because we are adept at identifying clients’ visions and targeting their goals, our process appeals to an impressive variety of clients—surgeons and physicians, accountants and attorneys, corporate executives and entrepreneurs—as well as individuals and families throughout the United States. We pride ourselves on our ability to be responsive to clients’ questions, concerns, and personal goals and we focus on providing an extensive platform of services and tools that can contribute to simplifying our clients’ financial lives.

 As our client, know that we are focused on helping you grow and preserve your wealth, not only for you to build and maintain your financial independence but also to help you design and implement a legacy plan that includes present and future generations as well as any charitable goals you may have.

  • "As a group, we offer perhaps our most important product: a collective wisdom that is intended to benefit each client relationship."

    Christopher Cook
    Christopher Cook


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.

Christopher G Cook

Barron's "America's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors: State-by-State" 2009 - 2013
Published annually in February. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of the prior year.

Barron's "Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State" 2014 - 2024
Published annually in February - March. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of the prior year.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2019 - 2024
Published annually Jan- April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.

Forbes "America's Top Wealth Advisors" 2016 - 2024
Published annually Aug - Oct. Rankings based on data as of Mar 31 - June 30 of current year.

Financial Times "400 Top Financial Advisers" 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017
Published annually Mar - April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.

Meet Our Group

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our group 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.

Tricia Kropp

Wealth Strategies Advisor

Bank of America, N.A.

Fernanda Aristizabal

Wealth Management Banking Specialist


Harry Elbaum

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #588931

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.

    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

      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.

      The Power of the Right Advisor®
      Working with a dedicated Merrill advisor means you get personalized investment strategies from Merrill plus access to comprehensive financial solutions only Bank of America can deliver.

      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.