The Adolph & Gallagher Group

Merrill Lynch

The Adolph & Gallagher Group

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Wealth Management
Our mission is to be a dependable and knowledgeable resource. And over the years, we have built strong relationships with clients through an unwavering commitment to their best interests and serving them with candor, insight and professionalism.

The Adolph & Gallagher Group

Insight and experience applied to exceptional clients

The Adolph & Gallagher Group is an experienced, multidimensional financial advisory team backed by the full scope of Merrill Lynch global investment insights and Bank of America's broad range of banking products and services.

Who we work with
Our nationwide client base is composed of institutions and private clients.

Institutions We are privileged to work with a number of employee benefit plan sponsors. We offer an integrated suite of services to assist companies and plan managers with their retirement benefit plans, such as 401(k)s and defined benefit pension plans; we also assist with equity compensation plans, such as profit sharing plans, stock option arrangements, non-qualified deferred compensation programs and other executive services.

Private clients– We offer advice and guidance to affluent families, couples and individuals. We serve many entrepreneurs, business owners and corporate executives, and we believe that we connect well with these clients because we understand how they think about goals, aspirations and risk. Many family clients have been with us for many years, and our service to them extends to two or three generations. We truly value these important relationships.

William F. Adolph III, CRPC®, C(k)P
Senior Vice President
Senior Financial Advisor
Retirement Benefits Consultant

William A. Gallagher, CRPC®, C(k)P
Senior Vice President
Senior Financial Advisor
Retirement Benefits Consultant

Helping plan sponsors pursue objectives

William A. Gallagher, Senior Financial Advisor...on benefit plans

"For employers, offering benefit plans is more complex than ever. We are an experienced team, dedicated to supporting employers as they face the challenges of expanding regulations, due diligence and plan compliance. For employees, we believe that financial wellness and retirement preparedness require personal engagement with a seasoned financial advisor to assist in identifying their long-term goals and guiding them in developing strategies to pursue them. We believe positive outcomes do not happen by chance; rather, they are a result of working effectively with plan sponsors and employees alike."

The Adolph & Gallagher Group works with sponsors of 401(k) and 403(b) retirement benefit plans, defined benefit pension plans, and qualified and non-qualified equity compensation plans of all types.

We offer a range of services to plan sponsors and participants, including:
  • guidance on designing a new plan or converting an existing one
  • guidance on developing an investment strategy
  • guidance in refining investment menus to fit sponsor and participant needs
  • access to detailed analytics and investment performance reporting
  • educating plan participants—general and targeted group programs
  • reviewing plan performance and benchmarking

Special training and focus
Both William Adolph and William Gallagher have earned the designation of Retirement Benefits Consultant, a credential reserved for a select group of highly qualified Merrill Lynch financial advisors. The designation allows them to work directly with benefit plans of all types and all sizes and bring a deeper level of service and support to plan sponsor clients. In addition, both hold the Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®) designation, an elite designation obtained through The Retirement Advisor University, Inc. after completing the educational component at the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) Anderson School of Business.

*C(k)P® and Certified 401(k) Professional is a registered trademark of The Retirement Advisor University, Inc. 

Disciplined wealth management for families and individuals

William A. Gallagher, Senior Financial Advisor...on customized wealth management
"Our view is that wealth management extends beyond transactions and beating market benchmarks. It encompasses a comprehensive approach to creating a strategy that is supported by a diversified portfolio of investments, to pursue the financial goals and life goals that are most important to you. By and large, we focus on helping clients to develop investment strategies that focus on the relationship between risk reduction and investment outcomes as they relate to clients' goals. They have worked hard to create wealth, and they want to preserve what they have and grow it sensibly over time."

Foundations of a goals-based approach:
  1. Effective wealth management is built around a process that is focused on your concerns and goals.

  2. The approach we decide on together is aligned with your personal circumstances as well as your unique attitude toward investing, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs.

  3. The process and approach are designed to make the very most of your resources.

For Institutional Clients:

Investment menu design

  • Assist in determining the appropriate menu for your plan based on participant needs and demographics
  • Provide access to services for drafting your investment policy statement
Investment due diligence
  • Propose suitable investment recommendations from Merrill's recommended investment list
  • Offer guidance for replacement funds on an ongoing basis
  • Integrate research and due diligence across all asset classes
Conduct quarterly performance reviews
  • Performance reports and individual fund profiles
Group employee education
  • On-site educational and communication meetings to help employees prepare for each life stage
  • Assist participants with allocation strategies and income strategies for short- and long-term needs
For Individual Clients:
  • Help clients understand the relationship between investment returns and investment risk
  • Assist clients in setting realistic goals and discuss the returns needed over time to get them there
  • Consider time horizon, liquidity needs, risk tolerance and tax sensitivities to structure portfolios and suggest investments
William A. Gallagher, Senior Financial Advisor…on asset allocation
"Asset allocation is key to our investment process for wealth management clients. We take a focused and consistent approach that helps us uncover a deeper understanding of clients' concerns and priorities, and develop portfolios and strategies designed to pursue each goal." 
*Any information presented in connection with BofA Merrill Lynch 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.

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Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from industry publications. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

William F Adolph

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  in 2019.

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.

Elizabeth M Burlinson

Elizabeth M Burlinson

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer NMLS # 364508

Christopher M Caradec

Christopher M Caradec

Trust Specialist

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Michael L. Venturi

Director, Retirement Plan Manager

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from 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 Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • 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 Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch 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

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

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 strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular reviews to help you stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

    Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
    Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

    Access to what you need, when you need it

    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

      *Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to 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.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      Getting to know you is our primary goal.

      A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

      We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.