The Waitrovich Group

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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

Your team includes private wealth advisors with Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group as well as Financial Advisors from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.  Together, they work to meet the specialized needs of individuals and families of wealth and to build relationships based on trust and personalized service.  Read more about our team.

Antonio Pedro daRoza

Antonio Pedro daRoza

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

David J Waitrovich

David J Waitrovich

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

Breanne M Funk

Breanne M Funk

Private Wealth Relationship Manager

Terri K Mckee

Terri K Mckee

Senior Private Wealth Associate

Matthew C.F. Lewis

Matthew C.F. Lewis

Private Wealth Associate


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 Waitrovich Group

A leading wealth management team located in San Francisco, The Waitrovich Group advises successful entrepreneurs and their families about multiple aspects of their financial lives. The leader of the team, David Waitrovich, has more than three decades of experience navigating the opportunities and challenges that families of significant wealth can face. Entrepreneurs have an ever changing range of time commitments and responsibilities. David and his team look to make entrepreneurs’ lives easier through a holistic approach to wealth management.

What can you expect?

  1. For many years, we have exclusively served entrepreneurs and their families. We work with founders, owners and senior executives of both public and private companies.

  2. We are oriented toward outcomes that clients want to achieve and work proactively to mitigate the obstacles that can stand in the way. We do not look to forecast markets. Rather, we plan.

  3. We employ an in-depth formal framework that reflects a client’s goals, the fluid nature of the financial markets and risks. Understanding the risks and measuring the probability of reaching a client’s objectives are key components to our approach.

  4. In measuring the probability of outcomes we address key questions. For example: How long will our wealth last? How much can we prudently withdraw from our portfolio annually and maintain the value of our wealth? We call this calculation “The N” – the number that a client needs to maintain in a portfolio in order to maintain purchasing power over the long term.

  5. Purchasing Power is the only rational way to measure wealth. We are disciplined in our wealth management strategy and investment process, which are firmly focused on client goals. In our analysis we account for inflation, taxes and the volatility of markets and investments.

  6. We are clear about our fees and candid about risks. We value transparency and believe that clients do as well.

  7. We take a holistic approach. We recognize that “wealth” encompasses much more than portfolios, balance sheets, and financial and physical assets. We spend significant time with clients and the people they care deeply about, helping them foster behaviors and attitudes toward wealth that generate positive long-term outcomes.


Barron’s has recognized the leader of our team, David Waitrovich, as one of the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in America from 2009 – 2015, inclusively. The Financial Times named him one of the Top 400 Financial Advisors in 2014 - 2015.

*Source: The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors (FT 400) is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (March, 2015). For more information about the selection criteria, go to

**Source: Barron’s "America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State" list, February 23, 2015. For information about the selection criteria, go 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.

***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.

Services and Resources

Lifestyle & Cash Flow Analysis

  • Personal banking: tracking expenses, bill payment, and cash flow analysis

  • Liability management: residential lending, specialized asset lending and business lending through Bank of America, N.A.

  • Discretionary portfolio management

  • Stock option analysis and hedging and monetization of concentrated equity positions 

  • Personalized Financial Strategies

  • Family wealth growth, preservation and transfer strategies

  • Trust management

  • Life insurance

  • Philanthropic strategy and management

  • Business succession, merger, acquisition and capital funding advisory for businesses

Our Membership within the Private Banking and Investment Group

Our team operates within the Private Banking and Investment Group (PBIG) at Merrill Lynch, a boutique division specially designed to meet the needs of ultra-affluent families. Our leader, David Waitrovich, has completed the rigorous accreditation process required of Private Wealth Advisors. Our membership within PBIG provides clients with a preferred level of service and access:

  • In-depth advice and guidance from Firm-wide specialists

  • Exposure to global, institutional investment opportunities

  • Access to exclusive seminars and events

  • Insight and best practices from a network of accomplished families

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.

The Waitrovich Group

Private Wealth Advisors