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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.

Christopher Caradec

Christopher Caradec

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Michael Zimmerman

Michael Zimmerman

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

Understanding Your Life

Welcome

Experience matters and we believe we have the kind of experience that gives us a valuable perspective. Our investment approach is customized to help clients address their unique concerns and goals, one-by-one. We follow Merrill’s goals-based wealth management process to better understand how individuals think and feel about investing which, in turn, helps us assess the financial resources necessary to pursue each specific goal, such as retirement income planning, education funding and wealth transfer. We know the right questions to ask, we offer access to a global network of specialists and research, and we can help create a framework designed to help optimize short- and long-range goals.

Approach

Our approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. We take the time to get to know you — your kids' names, how hard you worked to get where you are and how you define success. We'll work together with you to understand your investment personality, prioritize your goals and build a financial approach that reflects your needs. We believe investors can benefit from our advice, access to the investment insights offered by Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank and the banking convenience of Bank of America. When it comes to your success, there’s only one financial approach that really matters — yours.

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Families

We’re fully versed in the many issues that affect wealth management. No matter what your short- and long-term goals may be, we’ll begin by getting to know you as we explore the following seven priorities together:

  • 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 and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals
We work closely with other professionals to help clients pursue their wealth management goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and offering access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

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.

Past Events

Caregiving, Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease Webinar

July 16th, 2020|12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The U.S. population is growing older and living for longer than ever before – transforming our society, health care and retirement systems. On July 16, 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, we will be joined by Cynthia Hutchins, Director of Financial Gerontology of Bank of America, who will be presenting on Caregiving and Longevity. The program will also feature a discussion with Drew Holzapfel, partner at High Lantern Group, who will further talk about Caregiving, Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease.

If you are interested in attending, please reach out to me to reserve your place and for the phone number to dial into and the link for the WebEx meeting.


    Midyear 2020: A Time of Challenge—and Opportunity

    July 21st, 2020|2:00 PM

     

    What just happened? And what might come next?

    Premiering on July 21 at 2 PM ET, join us for a special Midyear Outlook virtual event hosted by Andy Sieg, President of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

    With the first six months of 2020 unlike anything we've ever experienced, our panel will discuss what the "new normal" might look like in the months and years ahead — for the economy, the markets and our everyday lives.

    Please contact Courtney Clements for the phone number to dial into and the link for the WebEx meeting.

      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.

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

      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.


      Periodic 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.


        Monitoring 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.

        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

          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.


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          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.

          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.