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ARC Group

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We offer a breadth of specialized services from goals-based investing strategies from Merrill to access to banking and lending capabilities from Bank of America. We can offer the resources of a global institution with a personalized experience designed to help meet your needs. 

Meet the Team

The private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management are rigorously trained to help meet the specialized needs of individuals and families of wealth. We build relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Richard A Hogan

Richard A Hogan

Managing Director

Senior Consultant

Christopher R Berry

Christopher R Berry

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Advisor

Ashley  Daggs

Ashley Daggs,

Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

Michelle M Pak

Michelle M Pak

Senior Private Wealth Associate

Jenifer  Sun

Jenifer Sun


Registered Analyst


Strategies designed to help you achieve your goals

As a client of Merrill Private Wealth Management, you have access to services and resources ordinarily reserved for the world’s largest institutions. We work with individuals, families spanning multiple generations, business owners and executives. Using a goals-based wealth management approach, we put our clients at the center of every personalized strategy.

Our Approach

A Commitment to Service

Merrill Private Wealth Management is committed to providing a select group of wealthy clients with highly personalized one-on-one service. When you work with us, our knowledgeable, rigorously trained private wealth advisors will gain a deep understanding of your goals, help you develop a multigenerational wealth strategy, help you monitor it and update your strategy as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, and we will continue to invest in client tools and new technology to enhance your overall experience as you and your private wealth advisor pursue what’s most important to you.

Our Philosophy

We believe your unique goals should be at the center of all of your financial decisions and form the foundation of your financial strategy. Because significant wealth requires customized goals-based financial strategies, we believe in building lasting relationships with a limited number of clients, taking the time to understand your most important priorities for today, tomorrow and your long-term future. Our philosophy celebrates collaboration. Working with a team of specialists, we draw on the resources and insights of a global financial institution to create strategies that reflect your aspirations for yourself and current and future generations of your family. Finally, we believe that while significant wealth brings complex challenges, our experience, passion and perspectives can help you simplify your life.

ARC Group

Headquartered in San Francisco, we are a wealth management team that provides services and strategies to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. We are privileged to work with successful people who are innovators and strategic thinkers. We take a similarly innovative and strategic approach to wealth management. We insist on aligning our perspective with that of the clients we serve. We avoid group think, seeking to uncover thoughtful approaches to the opportunities and challenges that significant wealth can pose. We emphasize cost containment, particularly relative to taxes and fees, and we avoid proprietary investment products. We have developed long-term relationships with the clients we serve, testifying to our emphasis on the primacy of client satisfaction.

The Tenets of Our Investment Approach

We focus on four key aspects of investment management: (1) Asset allocation; (2) Portfolio rebalancing; (3) Manager selection; and (4) Cost containment. These tenets are not flashy, but they are effective. We bring a straight-talk approach to the markets, eschewing fads for tried-and-true principles. We move beyond traditional portfolio analyses of net worth, focusing instead on “net keep” – what a client retains after taxes and fees. Our cost-sensitive emphasis advances a client’s interests, providing more accurate barometers of returns. Our team is particularly adept in investment management, with decades of experience in fixed income, equities, and alternative investments*. We have refined our strategy over numerous market cycles and varied environments; we offer judgment, maturity, and the wisdom of humility.

*Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other traditional investments.  For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.

The Clients We Serve

We work with a number of senior executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, family offices, and individual families who encounter critical junctures in their financial lives. The clients who retain us have already amassed their wealth. They look to us for in-depth knowledge of wealth preservation and wealth transfer. Many clients anticipate—or have experienced—liquidity events. In assisting these clients, we provide guidance informed by experience. As members of Merrill Private Wealth Management, we do not dabble in high-net-worth issues; we exclusively cater to time-sensitive needs of affluent clients. We know first- hand the value of strategic planning, particularly relative to liquidity events and their tax, investment, and philanthropic implications. We emphasize the importance of planning now, in order to enjoy more wealth later. Throughout client engagements, we work closely with clients’ external tax and legal advisors, spearheading cohesive strategies that encompass the many moving parts of significant wealth.

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Your dedicated Merrill Private Wealth Management team is ready to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

Our Vision

For clients of substantial wealth, Merrill Private Wealth Management provides an experience that is both powerful and personal. We are dedicated to helping you pursue your goals for today while developing a wealth strategy designed to support your family members for the years to come.

A trusted one-on-one relationship
Your private wealth advisor and team of specialists work with a limited number of clients, enabling them to focus their time, training and passion on helping you simplify your personal and business finances and prepare your next generation as stewards of wealth.

Boutique-like service with the access to the investment resources of Merrill and banking convenience of Bank of America

We combine the personalized attention and feel of a smaller firm with the power and insights of a global financial institution, creating strategies tailored to your unique situation.

A relentless commitment to transparency and customized strategies

As our client, know we are working in your best interests, providing goals-based financial strategies designed to anticipate and help meet your evolving financial needs.

ARC Group