Russel Upton

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor

5951 La Sendita Bldg A
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
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Our team focuses on addressing the investing and fiduciary responsibilities of institutions as well as the wealth management needs of individuals and families. We work closely with clients to determine their needs so that we can craft customized financial strategies to help them pursue their goals.

Russel has served as a Financial Advisor for wealthy families and institutional investors for the past 22 years. He is privileged to serve clients across the U.S., including in the metro areas of Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and San Francisco. He is a resource to clients representing the capabilities and access of Merrill in the global financial markets. Russel directs financial strategy, asset allocation, manager evaluation and liability management for senior business executives and a select group of clients in the entertainment, sports, legal and technology sectors. Along with his partners he provides a broad array of wealth management services for HNW and UHNW clients including: trust and estate planning management; cash management; single and restricted stock risk management, retirement planning; aviation, art and marine lending; derivatives trading and alternative investments.

Mr. Upton holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® certification, administered by the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) and taught in conjunction with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Russel is also a Sports & Entertainment Advisor with the firm.  Serving all major sports leagues, global media companies and individual athletes & artists.  Providing customized financial strategies, capital raising and advisory services for these unique and complex situations. Mr. Upton holds the Sports & Entertainment Accredited Wealth Management Advisor™ certification, administered by the College for Financial Planning Institutes Corp.

Previously Russel served as Senior Vice President for U.S. Trust (now Bank of America Private Bank) and Senior Vice President for City National Bank in Los Angeles and San Diego. He has also worked in the entertainment industry, serving as Manager of Finance for New Regency Productions and a Senior Accountant for Morgan Creek Productions in Los Angeles.  Russel earned both his B.S. in Finance and MBA from the College of Business and Economics at California State University, Northridge.

His community involvement has included service as a Director & Trustee on the San Diego Zoo Foundation Board, the San Diego Sports Commission Board and the San Diego Opera Board. 

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About Me
Focus On – High-Net-Worth Individuals and Families

Great wealth is not an end in itself. It is a way by which you can decide what you want to accomplish and with whom you wish to collaborate to pursue your goals. Our team is highly experienced about the challenges faced by individuals with substantial wealth.

A limited client base helps ensure that substantial time and energy can be devoted to assessing and tailoring individual strategies for you. It also allows the team to be responsive to your personal goals and focus on those services that contribute to simplifying your financial life. We believe the value delivered to you reaches well beyond investment management; it extends to the advice and guidance that may be of assistance in nearly every aspect of your financial life.

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Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™, CRPC™, and the CRPC™ logo are certification marks or registered certification marks of The College for Financial Planning Institutes Corp. in the United States.
Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) is the owner of the certification marks CPWA® and Certified Private Wealth Advisor®. Use of CPWA®, and/or Certified Private Wealth Advisor® signifies that the user has successfully completed the Institute’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for wealth advisors.
Russel Upton is registered to do business in AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, KY, MA, MI, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY.
Sports & Entertainment Accredited Wealth Management Advisor™, SE-AWMA™, and the SE-AWMA™ logo are certification marks or registered certification marks of The College for Financial Planning Institutes Corp. in the United States.