Ronald J. Hughes - Hughes Partners

Private Wealth Advisors

Ronald J. Hughes - Hughes Partners

Private Wealth Advisors
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We provide sophisticated strategies and personalized attention to a limited number of wealthy individuals and families. We combine the experience of understanding the complex financial needs of clients with substantial wealth with the broad capabilities of a global institution to address your goals.

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.

Ronald J. Hughes - Hughes Partners

Ronald J. Hughes - Hughes Partners

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

404.231.2558
Natalie  Piccolo

Natalie Piccolo

Senior Private Wealth Associate

404.231.2559
Ryan  Walker

Ryan Walker,

Assistant Vice President

Private Wealth Analyst Investments

404.231.2454
Mark A Bendinelli

Mark A Bendinelli,

Private Wealth Analyst Investments

404.264.6025

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

Our Practice

Hughes Partners advises approximately 23 family groups internationally and throughout the United States and has been entrusted with over $980 million in assets as of 11/7/2017. The team focuses on providing an extraordinary level of service to an exclusive number of wealthy families.

Our very exclusive client to professional ratio of 5 to 1 facilitates the highest standards of service expected by ultra high net worth clients. Our mission is to cultivate deep 'family office' relationships with a limited number of substantial private investors.

Our Winning Service

In April 2006 and April 2007, Ron was named by Barron’s as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Financial Advisers”. Additionally, in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Ron was ranked among the top 10 financial advisors in Georgia in Barron’s “State-by-State Top Financial Advisors.” Additionally, in the September 2007 issue of Registered Representative, an industry publication, Ron was included among “The Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America”.

In March 2016, Ron was named to the “FT 400” by the Financial Times as one of the Top Financial Advisors in America. Ron was also included in Forbes magazine’s ranking of “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” in August 2016 and October 2017, and was also ranked among the Top 10 Wealth Advisors in the State of Georgia in Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” for 2018.




Source: Barron's magazine, April 23, 2007, America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list. Advisors considered for the "America's Top 100 Financial Advisors list" ranking have a minimum of seven years financial services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Quantitative and qualitative measures used to determine the Advisor rankings include: client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records, and community involvement, among others.  Barron’s does not receive compensation from Advisors, participating firms and their affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings. Barron’s is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. 
Source: Barron's "America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State" list, March 6, 2017.  For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/JxcfBM. Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.  Years prior to 2014, this Barron's list consisted of 1,000 advisors.
Source: REP., September 1, 2007, the “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America.” Advisors on the Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America list are ranked exclusively by assets under management custodied at the four wirehouse firms. Only advisors for whom 60 percent or more of assets correspond to retail clients were eligible for the list. REP. magazine and wealthmanagement.com do not receive any compensation from financial advisors, participating firms and affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings.
Source: The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors (FT 400) is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (March, 2016). For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://im.ft-static.com/content/images/047b2e0a-d10e-11e4-a840-00144feab7de.pdf.
Source: Forbes "America's Top 250 Wealth Advisors" list, September 2017. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/Kp7gMH. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, February 2018. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/UbRCGT. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved.
The ranking or ratings shown here may not be representative of all client experiences because they reflect an average or sampling of the client experiences. These rankings or ratings are not indicative of any future performance or investment outcome.

Team Approach

For the families we serve, our mandate is to integrate institutional asset management with alternative investments in the context of the optimal trust and estate structure for achieving family goals, both financial and non-financial. Our investment philosophy emphasizes diversification, high quality, and a long term orientation. We take a holistic approach to advising families with regard to both the asset and liability sides of their balance sheets. We not only provide strategic financial advice, but we also consult with families and serve as advisors to help educate younger generations about the importance of sound financial stewardship. In the past we have successfully delivered Bank of America and Merrill Lynch’s broad product and service platform through presenting creative lending solutions from home financing to private business funding to levered recapitalizations.

Before recommending an investment program, we conduct a thorough analysis of the clients’ current estate planning and asset allocation. We look to fulfill the client’s estate goals and philanthropic endeavors by coordinating Merrill Lynch wealth structuring resources with the client's own tax and legal advisors. For clients whose private and business assets are inter-linked, we provide access to middle market investment bankers, employee benefits consulting, succession planning and other business financial 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.

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.

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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.

Ronald J. Hughes - Hughes Partners

Private Wealth Advisors