The Piepenkotter Team

Private Wealth Advisors

The Piepenkotter Team

Private Wealth Advisors
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Your wealth is about more than investments. It’s about your life, your business and your family legacy across generations. We work with a limited number of individuals and families, offering highly personalized, boutique-like services and sophisticated strategies for your financial life.

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.

Monica M Piepenkotter

Monica M Piepenkotter,

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Advisor

858.587.4524
Elisa A Esparza

Elisa A Esparza

Senior Private Wealth Associate

858.587.4523

Additional Resources

Brandon J Sanford

Brandon J Sanford

Sr Structured Credit Exec-R

Dusty Farber

Dusty Farber

UHNW Insurance Specialist

Belin Robertson

Belin Robertson

Trust Specialist

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.

Grounded in Careful Analysis

We know the value of prudent planning. We begin each client relationship by formulating a detailed and customized family wealth strategy. This long-term analysis directs our approach by reflecting the unique needs, priorities, and preferences of each client. Our strategic outlook allows us to develop informed recommendations and create workable action plans.

When designing investment programs, we look to create all-weather portfolios. We develop long-term asset allocation strategies that pursue a client’s objectives within his or her risk parameters. Around this foundation, we strive to bolster returns through tactical allocations to capture timely market opportunities. We apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment we have gained through many years in the investment industry to arrive at recommendations that are thoughtfully devised and carefully executed. With access to “best in class” institutional managers across all asset classes, we strive to engage the most appropriate and tax-efficient investment strategies for each client.

Relentless in Our Pursuit of Excellence

Client service and support are the foundation of our service model. We work tirelessly to meet client needs and exceed expectations. On a regular basis, we review a client’s financial profile, assessing the following metrics:

  • Investment allocation across asset classes
  • Tactical capture of market opportunities
  • Investment performance
  • Adherence to, and progress toward, the objectives outlined in the family wealth strategy
Through active communication with clients and their external tax and legal advisors, we identify areas that need rapid, concerted attention. We embrace our role as client stewards, proactively pursuing the issues that are most pressing to clients with diligence and persistence. Drawing upon Merrill Lynch’s award-winning research, investment banking capabilities, and trading and investment platforms, we seek to provide clients with a superior investment experience, matched by exceptional client service and the highest level of integrity.



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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.

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 Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group can help entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal lives with their life’s work. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to support your ongoing success.

Intergenerational Family Wealth

Managing your family’s wealth across multiple generations goes beyond protecting and preserving assets, minimizing taxes and designating heirs. Your goals also likely include passing on values and helping the next generation become effective stewards of wealth. Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group 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 that 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.

Women

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 investor and what you’re trying to achieve for your career, your family and your legacy. Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group works with a select group of wealthy individuals and families to help them pursue the goals that matter most to them. We look to get to know our clients on a personal level so we can offer private, boutique-like services and the resources of a global firm to create strategies specifically for their life and needs.

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.

Family Offices

As private wealth advisors with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group, we work with some of the most prominent families to help them manage the ongoing complexities of their wealth. Our deep experience with family offices enables us to tailor a range of services to meet your specific needs. We can provide access to solutions ranging from investment and wealth management to governance, asset custody and administration, as well as assisting in the financial education of younger family members. In working with you to create and implement plans reflecting your specific intentions, our goal is to help your family enterprise succeed, and that your knowledge and values are passed along to the next generation. Together, we will focus on strategies that recognize the unique nature of your family’s mission, history and goals.

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.

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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 Piepenkotter Team