The Scott Group

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
1331 North California Blvd.
Suite 400/700
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 945-4807
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The Scott Group believes that good relationships are built through teamwork and involvement, delivered through our advisors, wealth management client associates and access to the global investment capabilities of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America. We want to be your primary source for financial advice and guidance. And we want you to value the dedication and diligence offered to you at each step of the financial planning process.
The Scott Group
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Our mission is to help create client portfolios that will increase cash flows in retirement. We help clients assess and address life’s major milestones from education to retirement transitions and beyond. We use disciplined cash-flow-driven processes to support goals-based portfolios, and we seek to minimize risk exposures and elevate cost/tax minimization strategies.



We believe risk management is achieved by substantial diversification across asset classes using equity and debt securities.



We seek to reduce indirect costs by investing directly in individual stocks and bonds. We charge one asset-based fee, and we are sensitive to tax planning considerations.



We construct and track investment portfolios consisting of individual stocks and bonds. We do not use mutual funds or other investment products with embedded fees and other internal costs. We avoid commodities, derivatives, or similar complex, high-risk financial instruments. 

Phillip Scott
Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2021-2024
(Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
Barron's "America's Top 1200 Financial Advisors State-by-State", 2021-2024
(Published annually in March. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of prior year.)
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams", 2024
(Published on January 12, 2024. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2023.)
About Us

It is important that you take positive steps toward your financial future, and that means getting more than just investment advice. We take the time to get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you. Using one-on-one collarboration as a foundation, We can work with you to build your own personalized financial strategy.

Meet Our Team
Phillip Scott,


Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
Jeffrey Jenkins
Financial Advisor
Marie M Genc
Wealth Management Client Associate
Mary Ann Tabor
Registered Senior Wealth Management Client Associate
Ning Guo,


Vice President, Senior Investment Manager
Melissa Vargas
Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Client Associate
Paul D Granucci,


Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
Jennifer B Whalen,


Vice President, Senior Wealth Planner
Shaylee Seaton
Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
Additional Resources
The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.
Valarie Beel
Wealth Management Banking Specialist
Jodi Cody
Wealth Management Lending Officer
NMLS #1516670
Daniel Scalley
Wealth Strategies Advisor
About Merrill

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