Curtis B Nelson



Curt  brings deep experience and a highly personalized wealth management approach to a select number of affluent clients in 12 states. Among them are time-strapped entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate executives, medical professionals (and their practices), wealthy families,  current retirees  and investors preparing for retirement .

“By educating and guiding clients through a dynamic and disciplined process, we can explore their concerns and help them identify realistic goals of meaningful wealth creation and preservation. Clients deserve to feel optimistic about the path we’re taking.”

To help move clients toward retirement years they envision and minimize risk in getting there, Curt favors income-producing investments that are diversified across asset classes, industries and borders – and actively managed by Merrill Lynch portfolio analysts. Curt’s integrated financial strategies also embrace a broad array of client considerations to allow for asset accumulation, cash flow and tax minimization. “When it serves clients’ best interests, I connect them with Bank of America for securities-based or residential and commercial lending. Managing both sides of clients’ balance sheets are critical to robust financial pictures.”

On behalf of business owners, Curt builds multi-pronged strategies that account for personal investments, wealth transfer and business succession. In many cases, he also designs and helps manage business retirement plans – educating and enrolling employees, meeting frequently with plan trustees and helping ensure compliance with government regulations.|Unlike many financial advisors, Curt has long encouraged clients’ physical health, in addition to their financial stability. “I enjoy talking to clients about healthy eating, staying fit, and hold events specifically for that purpose. I want clients to live long, prosperous and rewarding lives up to and through retirement. It feels good to provide ‘wealth and health’ discipline.”

In 1990, Curt launched his financial services career at Smith Barney. He joined Merrill Lynch in 2008, along with a vast majority of the clients he served. Curt is a specially qualified Senior Portfolio Advisor who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can draw from his experience to help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, a Senior Portfolio Advisor may manage those strategies on a discretionary basis. Curt holds the Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM (CRPS®) designation.

A resident of the Main Line since 1992, Curt is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania and serves as an active volunteer at Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter. Curt has also been active in youth sports in Tredyfrin Easttown – having served as a board member of The YMCA of the Upper Main Line and Conestoga Youth Lacrosse, in addition to coaching soccer and wrestling. High energy in the office and out, Curt is an avid CrossFitter, runner and outdoor sports participant who shares his interest in a healthy lifestyle with clients and friends. He has trained for and completed seven marathons and climbed four of Colorado’s mountains (over 14,000 feet). To “relax,” Curt plays paddle tennis and golf at Overbrook Golf Club. Curt enjoys shooting trap at West Chester Gun Club as well. He and his wife, Kerry, live in Wayne with their three children.

CRPS® and Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning.

Our team is involved with local communities, assisting charitable organizations such as Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter. For more information about how we can help you pursue your goals and dreams, contact us at your convenience.




    Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, my team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

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James F Ade

James F Ade

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Diane Gentile-Shapcott

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer NMLS # 652356

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch, 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


As a Merrill Lynch financial advisor, I take the time to understand what’s important to high-net-worth investors, and I customize strategies around their priorities, risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs and goals. I’m committed to applying Merrill Lynch’s Goals-Based Wealth Management process to help clients pursue their most meaningful objectives, including those related to the lifestyle they wish to achieve and helping them secure a legacy that lasts beyond their lifetime.


Life is always changing and growing more complex. Your needs and priorities specific to your family, work, health and home are continuously evolving. And since your finances are so deeply connected with the rest of your life, you need strategies that are specific to your unique situation. Even if you’re accustomed to managing your wealth on your own, you may find value in having a relationship with someone who understands your priorities and who has the knowledge and resources to help you make more informed decisions, no matter where in your life you are.


I begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you to identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether that's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing financial strategies that help you pursue your passions, or simply providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, I start by listening to learn more about you.

Merrill Lynch developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know your investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, I can help customize the financial strategy we develop together.

Understanding your goals and priorities

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


My process is designed to deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investment management. My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, and the banking convenience of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. I view myself as a financial resource, helping clients with the process of transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by U.S. Trust, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, 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 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 give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help 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.

  • Sample client review agenda
  • Sample Wealth Outlook Report
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 destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

  • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
  • 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 Lynch’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. 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, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I 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 financial 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 financial advisor.

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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 Lynch, 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.