The Nelson Wood Nelson Team

Private Wealth Advisors

The Nelson Wood Nelson Team

Private Wealth Advisors
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The Nelson Wood Nelson Team works with affluent individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit institutions to address a range of financial 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.

Robert A Nelson

Robert A Nelson,

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Senior Consultant

Daniel R Nelson

Daniel R Nelson,

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Advisor

F Michael  Wood

F Michael Wood,

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Advisor

Shawn P Gosdin

Shawn P Gosdin

Managing Director

Senior Financial Advisor

Jonathan Paul Klug

Jonathan Paul Klug,

Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Bradley W Johnson

Bradley W Johnson,

Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

John  Carrillo

John Carrillo

Financial Advisor

Chase W. Gorman

Chase W. Gorman

Financial Advisor

Hilary A Vinas

Hilary A Vinas

Senior Private Wealth Associate

Maria Leticia Virginia Williamson

Maria Leticia Virginia Williamson

Registered Senior Client Associate

Sandra  Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

Private Wealth Associate

Carolyn E Brown - Simpson

Carolyn E Brown - Simpson

Registered Senior Client Associate

Martha B Ortega

Martha B Ortega


Registered Client Associate

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson,

Analyst Relationship Management


Additional Resources

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Grady West III

Wealth Strategist

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

The Nelson Wood Nelson Team

The Nelson Wood Nelson Team works with affluent individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit institutions to address a range of financial needs. We differentiate ourselves in four key ways:

Depth: Our team is deep in human capital and experience. We work as a cohesive group drawing on our collective strengths. We have the size to get things done expediently. With both senior and junior members of the team we are aligned to work across generations understanding the specific needs and concerns of different life stages.

Offerings: As a team within the Private Banking & Investment Group at Merrill Lynch we draw on the strength and vigor of a global financial leader. From investment offerings, research capabilities, wealth transfer strategies and services we harness the capabilities of Merrill Lynch making expansive resources concrete and meaningful to clients.

Niche: We understand the special requirements of affluent individuals and nonprofit institutions. If wealth management is to be done properly it cannot be mass produced. We customize our strategies to reflect client needs. We have specific experience in areas that require niche knowledge: liquidity events, options, concentrated/restricted stock management and institutional governance.

Service Ethic: We look to ingrain ourselves in clients’ financial lives helping them address long term issues and day to day tasks. We meet with clients frequently not only for quarterly updates, but for educational seminars, market briefings, family events and social gatherings. We truly are privileged to serve and bring that mindset to our client interactions all day every day.

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.

Client Profile

We work with corporate executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, families and institutions throughout the Southwest. We advise clients at critical points in their financial lives devising strategies, streamlining operations and integrating efforts to promote client interests.

We welcome the opportunity to speak in depth about our offerings and edge.

Individual and Families:

  • Concentrated and restricted stock management

  • Liquidity event services

  • Options

  • Investment management

  • Wealth transfer strategies

  • Residential and commercial lending

  • Philanthropy

Non-profit Organizations, Endowments and Foundations:

  • Investment management

  • Governance

  • Fiduciary Oversight Assistance

  • Philanthropic consulting and strategy

*Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Before engaging in the purchase or sale of options, investors should understand the nature of and extent of their rights and obligations and be aware of the risks involved in investing with options. Prior to buying or selling an option, clients must receive the options disclosure document Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. This document is available by contacting your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor.

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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 Nelson Wood Nelson Team