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Recognition

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

Mark S Rodman

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018, 2019, 2020

Meet Our 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.

Dante Lavender

Dante Lavender

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Nyla Nezaj

Nyla Nezaj

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #791809

James Brennan

James Brennan

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

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

We chose to be part of the financial services industry to help others. This passion to help stems from collective experience and the financial challenges we or our friends or families have experienced in the past. As witnesses to challenges faced by important people in our lives, we recognized the need for a professional and caring team to help others realize the life they want. Our purpose is to help others define their goals, establish a wealth management approach centered on their priorities and then help them manage the inevitable changes in life.

Philosophy

No two people are alike. Consequently, there is no single wealth management approach that is appropriate for everyone. What matters most to us is what matters most to you. Once we get to know you, your priorities, your goals, risk tolerance, time horizons, liquidity needs and what you want to accomplish over time, only then can we help you position yourself to identify and address financial challenges and potential opportunities. To that end, we will thoughtfully employ our experience and resources to help guide you as you pursue your goals.

How we help clients

Clients at various stages in their lives count on us to help them find ways to pursue their financial and life goals, including:

  • The retirement lifestyle they envision
  • Preparing for the cost of the best education possible for their children and grandchildren
  • Wealth transfer to the next generation
  • Establishment of their legacy through family foundations and philanthropy
  • Diversifying business interests

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.

Focus On Individuals and Families

We can offer advice and guidance designed to assist you in making investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals.  So whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or fund a child’s education, We’ll start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.:

  • 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 others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals

 

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will give you a sense of the full assessment and help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

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 approach.

Past Events

Mid-Year Outlook Webinar

June 25th, 2020|12:15 PM - 1:00 PM EST

    Planning for Your Legacy

    September 15th, 2020|12:00 PM - 12:45 PM EST

    Leaving a Legacy: A Lasting Gift to Loved Ones, a new Merrill/Age Wave Study, explores why leaving a legacy can be one of life's greatest gifts to loved ones.  The Study takes an in-depth look at American's Attitudes, wishes, fears, and preparation for end of life, including the legacies they hope to leave and how they wish to be remembered by loved ones and future generations.

    During this event we'll share key study findings and discuss:

    • Why it is important to plan for leaving a legacy.
    • What you can do to plan ahead and how we can help you in planning for your legacy. 

      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.