MKG & Associates

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At MKG & Associates, our mission is to earn the complete trust of every family we represent by providing world-class advice, resolving complex issues quickly and tailoring everything we do to their dynamic goals & needs.

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.

David Neumann

Senior Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

Matthew Vandenack

Private Wealth Strategist


Clauter Charleston

Alternative Investments Regional Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 finances and compensation require. We can help with risk management strategies for 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.

Intergenerational Family Wealth

As a family that spans multiple generations, you have needs that go beyond preserving assets, tax minimization strategies and designating heirs. Your goals also likely include passing on values and helping the rising generation become effective stewards. We can help with personalized wealth transfer strategies, family wealth education and developing and implementing philanthropic visions. In working with you to create an approach that reflects your family’s intentions and helps 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 helps  us to see and share best practices to help you achieve them.

About Us

MKG & Associates is a Private Wealth Management Team that provides individually tailored strategies and services to address the complex needs of our ultra affluent clients. We work with business owners, entrepreneurs, affluent families, foundations and endowments throughout the Midwest to help them identify and navigate the unique challenges they face. Our team is distinctive in the caliber of our people, the breadth of our offerings and the intensity of our service ethic. We bring a deep rooted humility to our work that transcends trends or buzzwords. We look to create lasting value for clients by spurring integrated action that addresses life’s most important priorities.

Expansive Offerings Defined by Personal Attention

Our team looks to help clients with the financial issues that intersect their lives. We offer a suite of services that is expansive in its scope, but personal in its scale. We insist on customizing our offerings to client needs; the services that follow are just a sampling of the ways that we look to advance client goals:

    • Investment management
    • Portfolio design
    • Liquidity event strategies: pre and post
    • Tax minimization strategies
    • Succession strategies
    • Asset placement strategies
    • Wealth transfer strategies
    • Lending services of Bank of America, N.A.
    • Access to Family Office Services
    • Philanthropy


Multi Generational in Our Approach

We recognize that wealth preservation is not a short term endeavor. Our team is attuned to the needs of multiple generations of client families. Our outreach incorporates traditional elements such as estate planning strategies in addition to innovative programs including family meetings, seminars and retreats. We look to foster the transfer of vision and values in conjunction with balance sheet wealth.

Clients look to us for direction in clarifying the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of significant wealth. Throughout our engagements we look to support families not simply in establishing the vehicles and services that help them advance toward their goals, but in following through on a personal level. We are a tightly knit team and adopt that same immediacy with the families we serve.

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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 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.