The Clark-Troutman Group

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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.

Mark Schepp

Mark Schepp

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer NMLS # 474164

Jeffrey Schroeder

Jeffrey Schroeder

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

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

The Clark-Troutman Group

The Clark-Troutman Group is a seven member Wealth Management Team with offices in Beaufort, South Carolina and metropolitan New York. We have over 140 years of combined financial services and banking industry experience, and as of August 1, 2018 have been entrusted with over a half billion dollars in client assets and liabilities.

Our group has significant experience advising affluent families, individuals, business owners, professionals, and corporate executives, assisting them manage all aspects of their finances including:

-investment strategies;

-wealth management planning;

-concentrated stock management;

-banking and lending through Bank of America, N.A.;

-trust and estate planning services through Bank of America;

-philanthropy;

-access to family office services; and

-tax minimization strategies in collaboration with your tax professionals
 

Our Philosophy

In 1914, Merrill Founder Charles Merrill said, “The interests of our customers MUST come first.” That is a commitment that The Clark-Troutman Group honors today, and always will. With the industry leading investment insights of Merrill, the specialized wealth structuring services of Bank of America Private Bank and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America, we take great pride in delivering a breadth of financial services to our clients addressing virtually every financial challenge they may face on either side of the balance sheet.

 


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Our Process
At the Clark-Troutman Group- from the very outset we ask what matters to the affluent families and individuals we serve, and we never stop asking that question. 

More specifically, we start with our intensive wealth management profiling process – where we invest considerable time together with you in understanding your background, perspective, investing experience, the goals and purpose for your wealth as well as your most pressing financial concerns. 

Next, we apply our extensive business and investment experience – and strong analytical and statistical backgrounds – to craft a diversified portfolio and wealth management plan customized to your unique investment personality and your key financial goals derived from your profile. 

Then we extend our focus to assisting you develop tax, estate planning and business succession plans, as we coordinate our efforts with your CPA, attorneys and other financial advisors you may have- as well as provide access to our own network of specialist partners. 

Having helped you establish appropriate investment and financial strategies– we remain in regular contact as we diligently assess your plans’ performance and continued efficacy in light of changing market, regulatory and tax policy environments as well as any modifications to your own goals and life priorities. Fundamentally, we remain ever cognizant of the fact that we are retained to help you accelerate your success, put your goals within reach, and assist you enjoy the lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve.
The Clientele We Serve

The vast majority of clients have been referred to us and come from all walks of life. They are afffluent families, high and ultra-high net worth individuals, business owners, professionals, corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists. We are privileged to have built strong, and in many cases multi-decade, multi-generational relationships with our clients through our professionalism and steadfast commitment to their interests.



 

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.

FAMILY
FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
FINANCE
FINANCE
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.

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    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

    • 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'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

    We believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, identify strategies that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management strategy for the future.

    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.


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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.

    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.