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Atlas Wealth Management Group

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Our reputation is as strong as the relationships we have built with generations of families. Our mission? To serve clients’ best interests by getting out in front of the decisions they need to make, the situations they may encounter, and the outcomes they envision for themselves and loved ones.
Welcome

At The Atlas Group, we do not rest on our strengths. Instead, we work as hard as our clients – to put their interests above all else and to provide an uncommon level of personalized wealth management, beyond what many expect.

Having worked together for decades and with many clients just as long, we have harnessed the power of those relationships to provide them with enduring, real-world value. In fact, we have become the “first call” for many clients when matters of health, wealth and family are primary concerns.

As one of the largest Merrill teams in the Midwest, our size reflects the scope of services we provide to generations of families across the country. Our diverse professional backgrounds afford us a perspective that extends well beyond investments. We offer integrated, goals-based strategies that embrace retirement planning, wealth transfer, philanthropy, and liability management. We also connect clients with our firm’s outstanding banking and trust specialists, as well as resources throughout their communities.

On a personal note, we find it fulfilling to bring comfort and confidence to clients. Through comprehensive planning that continues over time, we stay in touch and on top of each client’s situation and ambitions. Doing so allows us to help clients see around corners at likely and unlikely circumstances for which our strategies help them prepare.

It is our privilege to serve clients we admire for their achievements and values. As advisors and sounding boards, we welcome the opportunity to simplify their financial lives – so they can focus on what most excites them – perhaps, the business they founded, the career in front of them, or the family that makes life worthwhile. Or maybe it is a cause that is close to their heart.

Strength of Commitment

At The Atlas Group, we believe the value of an advisory team is best measured by the goals that clients achieve. Balancing meaning and metrics with our strong competencies and heartfelt care, we share a desire to deliver a wealth management experience beyond what clients expect, but certainly deserve.

It is our practice to:

• See each client as an individual – with important pursuits, purposes and people in their lives.

• Help clients plan and prepare for financial transitions, as well as likely and unlikely circumstances.

• Ask questions that lead to thoughtful discussions and strategies, such as:

     “What’s on your mind?”
     “What’s your definition of financial success?”
     “What financial or life lessons do you want to make sure your family knows?”
     “For whom are you responsible – a spouse, elderly parent, adult child?
     “What about your employees – are you looking out for them, if something were to happen to you?”
     “What’s on your bucket list?”
     “What drives you?”
     “Why have you come to us?” 

• Listen carefully to clients individually, in family meetings, at curated client gatherings, and in focus groups with outside moderators. On these occasions, we want to understand what we are doing well and where we can improve.

• Show clients how intergenerational wealth strategies can help lead to desired lifestyles and legacies.

• Assist business owners and executives with the design and management of their executive compensation plans and corporate retirement plans. Our commitment extends to their employees through our team’s financial wellness and employee education resources.

• Demonstrate that “going the extra mile is never going out of our way.” We have accompanied clients to local Social Security offices and on tours of assisted living facilities. We have sat with clients in hospital rooms and at funerals. On a regular basis, we host meetings in our office with clients, their CPAs and attorneys to align tax-minimization and estate planning strategies.

What You Can Expect

At The Atlas Group, we are true to our name. We have tasked ourselves with managing our clients’ wealth and expectations, as formidable as they may be. Our passion stems from why we chose to enter the wealth management industry. Each of us has witnessed the financial difficulties facing neighbors and friends. Put simply, we enjoy helping people. 

Frequent communication with you is a cornerstone of our approach – one grounded in a clear view of who you are and what you envision going forward.

As our client, you can expect we will:

• Put your needs first. To us, that means serving as responsible stewards of your wealth, prioritizing your objectives, and examining all areas of your financial picture – its components and missing pieces.  

• Help you make informed decisions, not emotional ones. Our proactive efforts are meant to help you plan and prepare ahead of circumstances you can foresee and those you do not.

• Do our best work especially when your needs grow in complexity. We enjoy meeting challenges and helping you focus on the people and passions in your life. The more you ask us to do, the more value we can deliver.

• Explain what actual outcomes look like – in simple terms, without needless financial jargon. Going beyond spreadsheets and simulations, we will illustrate real-world scenarios with you.

• Remind you to contact us with any financially related question, or if you need our opinion on a financial or life circumstance. By doing our jobs well, we can bring you the perspective and time to make informed decisions that are wise and unhurried. We see ourselves as “life advisors” as much as “financial advisors.”

• Strive to help you optimize both sides of your balance sheet – assets and liabilities. We offer cash management and credit strategies, and access to specialists at Bank of America, N.A. for residential, securities-based and business lending solutions.

• Align our tax minimization and estate planning strategies with those of your CPA and attorney, or a professional we can recommend. When beneficial, we can also call upon our firm’s trust professionals to offer assistance.

• Create and present customized financial strategies that can help provide for you and the people most important to you.  As an example, corporate retirement plans have many features and options available. We help ensure that business owners, corporate executives, and company employees have plans to help support their financial futures and maximize tax deferral for the owners. Once implemented, we educate participants on saving and planning for retirement, while also providing access to numerous financial wellness resources available through Bank of America.

Clients We Serve

In 1914, Charles Merrill said, “The interests of our customers must come first.” It is our feeling that he would be gratified to see the premium we place on our commitment to clients.

At The Atlas Group, we have profound respect for our clients – good people who have earned their wealth in different ways – and come to us with distinct financial perspectives. Given our history serving multiple generations, we do not refer to clients as such. Rather, we think of them as members of our own family. In some cases, these families have become our closest friends.

As our group has grown – and become one of the largest in the Midwest – we have made sure the ages of our team members allow us to relate well to clients. In fact, we serve a broad spectrum of people with diverse lifestyles at various stages of their lives and the wealth continuum. Whether they are building wealth and a career, expanding a business, nearing retirement or anticipated a liquidity event, we work collaboratively to create immeasurable and consistent value.

On behalf of clients in traditional and non-traditional families, we strive to work with each family member to understand their respective mindsets. When helpful, we also conduct family meetings to discuss matters of estate planning, business succession, or the support of a special needs child or elderly parent. It is our responsibility to provide specific strategies that directly address the needs and nuances of our clients’ lives.  

Determined to function as “life advisors,” we genuinely care about clients’ financial, physical and emotional well-being. When needed, we have introduced them to doctors and counselors, as well as tax and legal professionals we’ve known for years.

From our offices in Ohio and Michigan, we serve clients in more than 45 states. Location and distance are not issues for us. Regardless of geography, we are here to deliver a consistently robust level of service. We measure our effectiveness by the positive impact we make during clients’ most challenging transitions – on their lifestyles and livelihoods.

Finally, we recognize that successful people can choose from among thousands of advisors. We also know that our own diligence and performance help our clients focus more squarely on their families, careers and favorite causes. Given the opportunity, we look forward to helping you enjoy the people and passions in your life.

Recognition

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.

Stephen J Mangum

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2022
Published on April 7, 2022.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2021
Published on February 11, 2021. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2020.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2020
Published on January 16, 2020.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2019.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2019
Published on February 20, 2019. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2018.

Rick Simonton

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2022
Published on April 7, 2022.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2021
Published on February 11, 2021. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2020.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2020
Published on January 16, 2020.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2019.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2019
Published on February 20, 2019. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2018.

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2018
Published on February 15, 2018. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2017.

Kevin A. Walsh

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2019
Published on February 20, 2019. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2018.

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.

Amy Kammann

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #563227

Aaron Zacks

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Jeremy Floberg

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

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.



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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.