Meltzer, Dunn & Associates

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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.

Louis S Meltzer

Louis S Meltzer,

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

Jacob M Dunn

Jacob M Dunn,

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

Hadi  Fakhoury

Hadi Fakhoury,

First Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

Oxana  Shaham

Oxana Shaham,

Assistant Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

Surani  Sirisena

Surani Sirisena,

Vice President

Private Wealth Relationship Manager

Kathleen  Reynolds

Kathleen Reynolds

Senior Private Wealth Associate

Kristen  Paulsen

Kristen Paulsen

Private Wealth Associate

Alyson  Reeves

Alyson Reeves

Registered Private Wealth Associate

Jack Snedaker

Jack Snedaker

Private Wealth Associate

Mathew  Saltzman

Mathew Saltzman

Financial Advisor


Additional Resources

John Grassia

John Grassia

Sr Structured Credit Exec-R


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

Louis S Meltzer

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

Jacob M Dunn

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

Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors" in 2019

Forbes “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors”  in 2017 and 2018

Forbes “Top 250 Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in 2019.

Hadi Fakhoury

Forbes/SHOOK “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in 2017 and 2018

Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors" in 2019

Forbes “Top 250 Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in 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

We are a private wealth management team headquartered in Manhattan. As members of the Private Banking Investment Group at Merrill Lynch we cater to a selective group of ultra high net worth clients who have demanding requirements and extraordinary opportunities. Clients have entrusted us with more than $3.9b (as of 9/1/2018).

An Accomplished Clientele
We work particularly well with active wealth builders who embrace their ability to direct their wealth in a strategic and thoughtful manner. The clients we serve come from varied backgrounds, but they share some common characteristics:

  • They are not satisfied by group think or business as usual
  • They face complex circumstances in the management of their wealth
  • Their time is extremely precious
We embrace the challenge of advising this clientele with a caliber of strategy and service that we believe will exceed even their exacting requirements.

A Rigorous Approach
Private wealth management involves indepth offerings and tactics integrated into a cohesive whole to pursue client goals. Clients come to us for a variety of needs

  • Investment management
  • Concentrated and restricted stock strategies
  • Pre and post liquidity event strategies
  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Tax sensitive philanthropy
  • Lifestyle management
  • Access to custom credit and lending through Bank of America, N.A.
We seek to add value beyond the expected means. The founder of our team, Louis Meltzer, has worked at Merrill Lynch for more than two decades. His network of relationships both within and outside of the firm broadens our capabilities and heightens our overall effectiveness. When difficulties arise or extraordinary circumstances occur our team is undaunted. We are skilled in pressing for client needs and priorities.

A Remarkable Peer Group
When clients engage our team they not only garner our insights and experience, but gain access to an exceptional circle of like minded peers. Discretion is the bedrock of our approach, but when appropriate we seek to facilitate connections and share best practices with clients and their families. This network of relationships helps to open possibilities and spark ideas that amplify the value of our outreach.

Service Beyond What Is Expected
Accomplished families require exceptional service. To us that is expected. Our team looks to be a real time resource as needs arise. We believe strongly in deeds rather than words. We look to earn the trust that clients place in us demonstrating our deep seated regard for the families we serve.

We invite active wealth builders to contact us to discuss their difficulties and challenges relative to our capabilities.

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.

Corporate Executives

We understand the complexities that come with your executive position and the extreme demands on your time. We can help you develop a customized strategy that your wealth and compensation require. We can help you manage the risk of your concentrated stock position while navigating complex SEC rules, trading restrictions and reporting requirements. If you’ve just been promoted and would like help evaluating your new compensation plan, or if you’re looking to develop a long-term financial strategy for you and your family – designed to enable you to live life as you want it, with reliable access to cash – we can help simplify your financial life, as well as develop new strategies as your career and goals evolve.


As a woman of wealth, you are well aware of how inaccurate stereotypes about gender and money can be. Beyond some specific challenges—for example, planning for the statistical probability of outliving a spouse—managing your wealth means avoiding preconceived assumptions while gaining a full understanding of who you are as an investor and what you want to achieve for your career, your family and your legacy. Merrill Private Wealth Management works with a select group of wealthy individuals and families to help them pursue the goals that matter most to them. We strive to get to know our clients on a personal level so we can offer boutique-like services and the resources of a global firm to create strategies specifically for their life and needs.

Technology Entrepreneur

As a technology entrepreneur, you focus relentlessly on what’s next. Yet as you look ahead to each new venture or cutting-edge innovation, it’s important to maintain the financial foundation that helps power your success and helps you take advantage of potential opportunities as they arise. We have experience helping entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal lives with their life’s work. We understand the challenges you face every day, whether managing your newly achieved wealth or gaining access to the liquidity you need as seed capital or for personal expenses. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to help support your ongoing success.

Entertainment Industry Professionals

As rewarding as success in the entertainment industry can be, income is often cyclical and careers can be subject to swift change. Managing your wealth requires a disciplined, knowledgeable and experienced approach to help ensure you are able to live as you want, with strategies for helping manage risk and providing for your future. Merrill Private Wealth Management provides personalized, boutique-like service to a select group of successful entertainment professionals. Drawing on the extensive capabilities of a global institution, we offer strategies aimed at simplifying the complexities of your financial life and building the legacy you envision.

Company Founders, Private Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

When you have built your own business, your personal finances and the life of your company are closely intertwined. You may be thinking about how to invest in your company’s growth while also deciding how best to use your personal assets. Helping ensure the future of your business likely involves employee benefits, retirement plans and succession planning. Helping secure your family’s legacy could entail wealth transfer strategies, trusts and philanthropy. Whatever your specific needs, we at Merrill Private Wealth Management can help entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal financial lives with their life’s work. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to help support your ongoing success.

Professional Athletes

As a professional athlete, you understand the significant rewards that sports can provide, the grit and determination that help you to succeed in a challenging environment, and the unique financial needs that come with wealth. Merrill Private Wealth Management works with a select group of current and former professional athletes as they pursue their financial and legacy goals. We are focused on helping you enjoy the lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve while striving for the financial future you want for yourself and your family. Drawing on our extensive capabilities and the broad resources of a global institution, we offer strategies designed to simplify the complexities of your financial life. This includes access to trust and estate planning services from Bank of America and, through Merrill, investment strategies for the operation of a business, and education of family members to help bring your legacy vision to life.

Intergenerational Family Wealth

Managing your family’s wealth across multiple generations goes beyond protecting and preserving assets, tax minimization strategies and designating heirs. Your goals also likely include passing on values and helping the next generation become effective stewards of wealth. Merrill Private Wealth Management helps a select group of families with personalized wealth transfer strategies, family wealth education and developing and implementing philanthropic visions. In working with you to create strategies that reflect your family’s intentions and help ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, we proceed in a manner that recognizes the complexities of your life challenges and the unique nature of your goals. Our extensive experience working with other families of significant wealth enables us to see and share best practices to help you achieve them.

Prioritizing Client Comfort

At the Dunn Group we place a premium on client comfort. We provide a confidential environment in which a client can feel comfortable discussing his or her financial concerns. We are good listeners and encourage a collaborative approach to goal setting and decision making. In a world of distractions and competing needs we focus on clients; in-depth conversations are key building blocks of our wealth management approach.

Addressing Client Priorities

Client financial values are of upmost importance to our approach. We actively delineate and define a client’s financial values addressing the following topics:

  • Money values

  • Legacy aspirations

  • Time priorities

  • Philanthropy goals

  • Retirement fears and hopes

  • Intergenerational family dynamics

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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.

Meltzer, Dunn & Associates

Private Wealth Advisors