The Hegenbart Group

Private Wealth Advisors

The Hegenbart Group

Private Wealth Advisors
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We offer a breadth of specialized services from sophisticated investment strategies from Merrill Lynch 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 meet your needs.

Meet the Team

The private wealth advisors with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group are rigorously trained to meet the specialized needs of individuals and families of wealth. We build relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Kathleen  Hegenbart

Kathleen Hegenbart,

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

Kathryn Alicia Dunlop

Kathryn Alicia Dunlop,

Vice President

Private Wealth Relationship Manager



Registered Analyst


Strategies designed to help you achieve your goals

As a client of the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch, 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 Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group 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 its success and update your strategy as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch 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 that 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 sophisticated, highly customized 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.

Foundations and Endowments

An investment portfolio tailored to your needs is crucial to advancing your organization’s mission and carrying on its important work. We have extensive experience working with endowments and foundations and have a keen understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of board and committee members for investment management and financial oversight. The portfolios we construct are carefully designed to promote stability, efficiency and growth, and to perform effectively under a variety of market conditions. We also offer advice on board governance and reporting, and help in meeting regulatory and operating challenges. We provide access to the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill.

Global Institutional Consultant

Through Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting, we offer a range of investment strategies to help manage the assets for nonprofit organizations, foundations, endowments, and corporate retirement and pension plans. The strategies and level of involvement depend on your needs and preferences, including traditional consulting, client-directed implementation or full, discretionary, Outsourced CIO services. Consultants work with your CFO, board of directors and investment committee to develop a tailored investment strategy that is consistent with your culture, goals, preferences and risk profile.

Nonprofit organizations

Your passion drives your organization’s mission, and you depend on an investment portfolio and an effective staff to carry on its important work. As private wealth advisors with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group, we have experience working with nonprofit organizations. We possess a keen understanding of the challenges you face, including maintaining operational efficiency and productivity through uneven market circumstances, growing competition for donations, and increased fiduciary requirements. Drawing on our extensive capabilities to help you fulfill your organization’s mission, we can provide the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill, such as strategic planning, portfolio management, administrative and board support, and advisory solutions.

Our Mission

We seek to help nonprofit organizations and their related entities meet the challenges of financial stewardship by harnessing the power of coordinated effort, indepth knowledge and practical strategies. We are committed to developing an independent and objective understanding of clients’ financial resources and requirements. Drawing on the global abilities and worldwide resources of Bank of America Merrill Lynch we actively engage sound solutions wherever they are housed to meet client goals taking into account their risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. We place particular importance on the quality and integrity of our work. As a team that values client collaboration we foster the active exchange of information and ideas in order to promote informed reasoning, deliberate teamwork and impassioned effort. Our goal is to be your most trusted advisor.

Our Ethic of Service

Like many of the organizations with whom we work we have a deeply ingrained service ethic. Our service model is client centered; we are committed to developing a nuanced understanding of client needs and engendering robust client satisfaction through detailed timely interaction. We continue to develop enhancements to our offerings to keep pace with the changing needs of clients and the requirements of an evolving marketplace. We measure our success not only through client retention, but also through the enhanced accomplishments and actualized missions of the clients whom we advise.

Our Strength in Institutional Consulting

With over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations we can help address the challenges and opportunities inherent in the nonprofit sector. Specifically we offer the following services:


    • Provide strategies that are tailored to an organization’s requirements.

    • Meet with clients as frequently as requested in order to gain confidence and support the clients’ mission.

    • Provide ongoing education to board, committee and staff members regarding the portfolio management process for endowments and foundations.

    • Help fulfill fiduciary obligations.

    • Leverage Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s vast resources through collaboration with specialists.

    • Develop and maintain long-term relationships by actively listening to client feedback in order to build trust and loyalty.



The Hegenbart Group

The Hegenbart Group practice was formed in 1991 for the purpose of providing institutional quality investment strategies tailored to the specific social, religious and/or environmental views of each client by leveraging the global resources of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch enterprise. Located in Boston and one of only 83 global institutional consulting teams in the firm we work with clients throughout the United States who value the knowledge, strategies and understanding we have developed through many years of detailed interaction with our distinctive client base. We have a deep seated belief that the power of goodwill can be amplified through sound planning and solid financing.

*Impact investing and/or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller. 

*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions business of BofA Corp. Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions (Philanthropic Solutions) is part of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation (“U.S. Trust”). U.S. Trust operates through Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC, and other subsidiaries of BofA Corp. For both GIC and Philanthropic Solutions, banking and fiduciary activities are performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp, including Bank of America, N.A. Both brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer, Member Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and registered investment adviser; the nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and clients’ rights and MLPF&S’s obligations will differ depending upon the products and services actually provided. Global Institutional Consultants mentioned herein are registered representatives with MLPF&S and may assist you with investment products and services.

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Your dedicated Private Banking and Investment Group team is ready to help you pursue what's most important to you.

Our Vision

For clients of substantial wealth, Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group 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 Lynch 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 that we are working in your best interests, providing sophisticated strategies designed to anticipate and meet your evolving financial needs.

The Hegenbart Group