Payne & Mencias Group

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
510 E. 96th Street
Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 706-3160
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Payne & Mencias Group
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Our mission, first and foremost, is to understand you and what matters most to you. Armed with that information I can ask thoughtful questions -- listening carefully, then understanding in detail where your wealth stands today and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. We help you design and implement a personalized plan intended to help you and your family pursue financial goals while helping manage investment risk. Our approach is to focus on potential solutions that can help turn goals into reality.

Eric Payne
Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
On Wall Street "Top 40 Advisors Under 40", 2013-2016
(Published annually Jan – Mar. Rankings based on data as of Sept 30 – Dec 31 of prior year.)
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2022-2024
(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", 2010-2024
(Published annually in March. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of prior year.)
Forbes "America’s Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth", 2022-2023
(Published annually in November. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of current year.)
Barron’s “Top 250 Private Wealth Management Teams”, 2024
(Published on May 10, 2024. Rankings based on data as of December 31, 2023.)
Forbes "America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors", 2017
(Published on October 24, 2017. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2017.)
Financial Times "400 Top Financial Advisers", 2015-2016, 2018-2020
(Published annually Mar – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
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About Us

We believe the best financial approach is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Calculating how to manage future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth to future generations? It all starts with a plan intended to help you manage, grow, and preserve your wealth today, while also considering the impact it can have for years to come. With access to the investment insights of Merrill and banking solutions from Bank of America, We will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.

Meet Our Team
Eric Payne,


Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
Ronald G Mencias,


Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
Christopher D Brooke
Managing Director, Senior Consultant
Kenneth Lee Sendelweck
Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
Tara Schnaus
Associate Resident Director
Peyton Gentry,


Merrill Financial Solutions Advisor
Brandon A. Emkes,


Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager
Andy Floyd,


Assistant Vice President, Investment Management Specialist
Deanna R. Conerly,


Financial Advisor
Julie A Renzi
Registered Senior Wealth Management Client Associate
Vanessa L Breen
Officer, Registered Senior Wealth Management Client Associate
Kelly A Carroll
Officer, Registered Senior Wealth Management Client Associate
Marcie E Aukerman
Registered Senior Wealth Management Client Associate
Alyssa Hamer
Officer, Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
Susan Bettenbrock
Wealth Management Client Associate
Kendra Keen
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.
Karum Afana
Wealth Management Banking Specialist
About Merrill

Bringing fresh perspectives to your financial life

The financial decisions you make today can help determine the future you build for yourself and your family. Carving a clear path forward starts with connecting your life and finances. A Merrill advisor provides access to the investing insights of Merrill and banking capabilities of Bank of America to help you make informed decisions as you pursue your goals.

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