The Hise/Lowry Group

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We provide customized services supported by the broad capabilities of a global institution. Working with a limited number of wealthy clients, we are able to offer you and your family personalized attention for all aspects of your financial life, now and for future family members.

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.

James T Hise

James T Hise

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

Michael A Lowry

Michael A Lowry

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Advisor

David W Clark

David W Clark,

Private Wealth Analyst Investments

Jill  Wood

Jill Wood,

Private Wealth Analyst Relationship Management

Tina M West

Tina M West

Private Wealth Associate

Maggie Thomas

Maggie Thomas

Private Wealth Associate



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

James T Hise

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

Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors:State-by-State 2011 - 2013

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2014 - 2019

Michael A Lowry

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2017 and 2019

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.

Wealth Management and access to Private Banking services

Clients usually come to The Hise/Lowry Group with significant assets. We understand that
most clients seek to use their wealth to work toward significant achievements, to explore new
possibilities, and to strive to leave a legacy that can last generations. Our goal is to join you on
that journey and offer the tools, resources and insight that can help create a smoother path.

Helping to meet every financial need:

In conjunction with the investing capabilities of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and the banking convenience
of Bank of America, N.A., our team can offer you highly customized wealth management
services that integrate virtually every aspect of your financial life. We can help with:


  • INVESTMENT STRATEGIES customized portfolio recommendations as well as optional
    discretionary portfolio management

  • WEALTH TRANSFER asset and trust recommendations to help move assets efficiently as part of a lifetime transfer to family or charities, or as part of an estate plan


  • TAX MINIMIZATION STRATEGIES strategies designed to earn tax-free income or
    distributions, and/or tax-deferred investments

  • PHILANTHROPY AND CHARITABLE SERVICES developing strategies to focus your giving and help you clarify how to use your resources wisely, measure progress and move closer to your goals

  • RETIREMENT PLANNING SERVICES long-term investment recommendations, as well as
    lifestyle and expense management strategies, and income and distribution strategies

  • REAL AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY strategies to help track and, if desired, monetize the value of real estate, fine art and other collections, copyrights, patents and rights

  • ACCESS TO PRIVATE BANKING SERVICES premier checking, money market and CD accounts, as well as credit
    cards, bill payment and other bank services tailored for high-net-worth clients

  • ACCESS TO CREDIT AND LENDING SERVICES a range of lending choices, including personal and business lines of credit, equipment and facility financing, securitized lending



The Hise Lowry Group

The Hise/Lowry Group offers you the services of Merrill Private Wealth Management Group professionals, giving you direct access to the global investment resources and capabilities of the firm. We provide the personal service of an exclusive and select boutique-like firm and focus on small numbers of ultra-high-net-worth clients in order to devote the necessary time and understanding needed to help manage great wealth. Our rigorously trained private wealth advisors, James Hise and Michael Lowry, can offer you advice and guidance on business succession, wealth transfer, trusts through Bank of America N.A., private equity, real property and more.

To be able to provide the personal attention and responsiveness they are committed to offering clients, James and Michael team with Merrill financial advisors who can add insurance and investment analytics and access to Bank of America Private Bank's trust and estate planning services to The Hise/Lowry Group’s overall capabilities.

We think that, once you see our approach to wealth management, you’ll see it’s the kind you need and deserve. Thank you for considering The Hise/Lowry Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for your wealth management services.

*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.

Our Approach

People often ask us about our approach to helping affluent families bring clarity and
structure to their financial lives. There is no secret. It’s a simple concept: we put the
numbers last.

You see, we’ve found that putting the numbers last is the best way to put the client
first. Rather than start with complex spreadsheets and investment matrices, we take a
different approach—one that starts with the how, the what and the where: your stories
behind your numbers.

  • HOW is your wealth created?

  • WHAT attitudes do you have about money that drive your financial decisions?

  • WHERE do you want your wealth to take you?

  • Once we have that deep understanding, the numbers become clear—and so do our
    strategies. We can help you organize your income and expenses so that everything,
    from paying regular living expenses to funding complex wealth transfer strategies,
    becomes easier and more efficient. We can help you refine your portfolio so that it’s
    built upon assets that make sense relative to their risk and utility toward your goals.
    And we can help you design a wealth management strategy based on your values on
    your terms.

    We offer private wealth management that seeks to enhance the quality of your life
    while helping you preserve and potentially grow your assets.

    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 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.

    The Hise/Lowry Group