Berlin/Hales Wealth Management Group

Berlin/Hales Wealth Management Group

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Managing significant wealth requires a high level of forethought, strategy, and service. Our team strives to exceed even the most demanding expectations, serving a select group of highly accomplished families like they have never been served before.


Meet the Team

The private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management are rigorously trained to help meet your specialized needs with relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Private Wealth Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Brandon J Sanford

Division Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

Kimberly P Auerbach

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #637449

Jean Y. Kim

Private Wealth Strategist


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

The Berlin Hales Wealth Management Group

Located in Newport Beach, California, we work closely with entrepreneurs, executives, and their family members around the country. We serve the whole family – through multiple life stages, priorities, and aspirations. Our advice encompasses both sides of the balance sheet, pinpointing possible efficiencies and advancing a more purposeful and thoughtful deployment of wealth. Our team addresses the complexities and opportunities that significant wealth can entail. We draw on more than 85 years of collective experience as a team, forged in tackling the intricate challenges that accomplished families encounter.

As members of Merrill Private Wealth Management, we offer the focused attention and refined resources that clients require, bolstered by the stability, security, and selective entrée that are hallmarks of Merrill.

We believe we are different in important ways:

    • Process. We are disciplined, systematic, and detailed in addressing your needs; we work extremely well together as a team, focusing our energies and skills to help advance your goals
    • Transparency. We want you to know what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what we aim to accomplish. We are clear in communicating how your performance compares to appropriate benchmarks. You deserve nothing less
    • Access. You have our attention; we are resolute in unwinding issues, communicating answers, and keeping you apprised of status
    • Mindset. We enjoy deep relationships with a limited number of clients; we work hard to earn—and retain—that trust.

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.

A Commitment to Service

Merrill Private Wealth Management is committed to providing a select group of 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, and help you 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 Merrill 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.

Let's have a conversation

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 means, 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 an approach designed to support your family members for the years to come.

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.

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 financial 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.