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Runia Group

Private Wealth Advisors
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We work with a select group of families who have achieved extraordinary success, helping them become informed stewards of their financial lives and legacies. We value hard work, integrity, and responsiveness, capitalizing on our strengths to generate positive outcomes for the families we serve.

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.

Dane  Runia

Dane Runia,

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

Kimberly Morello Davis

Kimberly Morello Davis

Registered Private Wealth Client Associate

Nikki R Walker

Nikki R Walker

Private Wealth Client Associate

Alec  Ferguson

Alec Ferguson,

Assistant Vice President

Private Wealth Investment Management Specialist

Jayne  Smith

Jayne Smith

Private Wealth Client Associate

Thomas  Soffe

Thomas Soffe,

Private Wealth Senior Business Manager



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

Dane Runia

Financial Planning’s “Top 40 Advisors Under 40” List 2019, 2020 and 2021

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019, 2020 and 2021

Forbes/SHOOK “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” 2018, 2019 and 2020

 Barron’s “Top 100 Financial Advisors” 2019, 2020, and 2021

Financial Times –“Top 400 Financial Advisers”  2020

Solutions 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 wealth management team within the San Francisco office of Merrill Private Wealth Management located in Provo, Utah. We work with business owners, entrepreneurs, senior executives, professional athletes, and institutions, helping advance their financial goals in meaningful and tangible ways. We recognize that significant wealth can bring challenges, as well as opportunities. We strive to help multiple generations pursue their objectives, while instituting the structures that can reduce complexity, capitalize on opportunity, and lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

Our leaders, Scott and Dane Runia, are a father-and-son team. We’ve been privileged to develop long-term relationships with the families we serve, cementing the ties that attest to our value and integrity. As advisors, we believe more in deeds than in words, demonstrating our commitment through diligence and responsiveness.

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.

Our Mission

We work with a select group of families who have achieved extraordinary success, helping them become informed stewards of their financial lives and legacies. We value hard work, integrity, and responsiveness, capitalizing on our strengths to generate positive outcomes for the families we serve.

A Tradition of Service

Our founder, Scott Runia, began his Merrill career in 1982. Scott instituted the practices and habits that inform the way we do business. We believe in some simple tenets, consistently applied:

Treat others as you would like to be treated. We look out for a client’s best interests. That precept is the foundation of our work.

Work hard. We’re vigilant, monitoring the investment markets, coordinating trust and estate planning services, evaluating credit opportunities, meeting with a client’s external tax and legal advisors, and answering questions. We believe in a purposeful and thoughtful approach.

Be accessible. We foster a warm and welcoming environment. Many clients drop in to our office; others know they can reach us quickly by phone or by email. In addition to face-to-face meetings, we welcome informal meetings, too, serving as sounding boards for new ideas and opportunities.

Be discreet. We take client privacy extremely seriously. We’re honored to serve as confidantes on important issues and never lose sight of that responsibility. 

An Emphasis on Simplicity

We believe that the financial services world can make things unduly complicated; we strive to streamline and simplify. When we meet with clients, we ask them the type of information they want to receive, and then we execute on that preference. Our reports are truly customized, consolidating the information in a manner outlined by each client.

Our investment approach relies on simple precepts: diversification, wealth preservation, and consistent cash flow. We focus on three parameters—fees, taxes, and inflation—when assessing possible investment options, sensitive to opportunities for wealth transfer and charitable giving. We strive to smooth each client’s path toward his or her goals, regularly assessing our efforts and making refinements as necessary.

Making Clients’ Lives Easier

We’re gratified to help tackle problems, large or small. As one of the leading Merrill Private Wealth Management teams in the West, we’re intimately familiar with the decision points that people encounter; we’ve navigated those same crossroads before and can help clients implement best practices based on our own insights and experience.

Here are some of the services we can provide:

    • Tailored investment strategies, including alternative investments

    • Concentrated stock management

    • Access to customized lending and securities-based lending through Bank of America, N.A.

    • Tax-minimization strategies*

    • Liquidity event strategies

    • Luxury good financing

    • Trust and estate planning services

    • Next-generation education and stewardship

    • Philanthropy

*Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

*Some or all alternative investments may not be in the best interests 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 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 approach 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.

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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.

Runia Group

Private Wealth Advisors