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712 Investment Group

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
114 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
212.303.4076
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712 Investment Group
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Welcome

The 712 INVESTMENT GROUP is a 20 person wealth management group operating under the umbrella of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a division of Bank of America Corporation.

While our founding partners’ roots at Merrill date back to the mid 1980’s, the 712 INVESTMENT GROUP was formally organized in 1992 at 712 Fifth Avenue in New York City. With six partners and fifteen supporting associates and specialists, our bi-coastal team has offices strategically located in Midtown Manhattan, the San Francisco Bay area, and Charleston, SC. We accept new clients via personal recommendations from existing clients.

Our team is ranked #10 on the 2022 Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" list. (*Published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.)

Additionally, our partners, Managing Directors, Richard Wald and Travis O'Brien, and Senior Vice Presidents John O'Neill Jr. and Brian Noone, were all named to Forbes 2022 "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors". (**Published on April 7, 2022. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.)


*Source: The Forbes “America’s Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth” list, published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.
Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes “America’s Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth” ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: a measure of each team’s best practices, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of Forbes and not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance, or investment outcome and should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Rankings and recognition from Forbes are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and team, and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

**Source: The Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list, published on April 7, 2022. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.
Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual, and telephone due diligence meetings to measure best practices; also considered are: client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.
Recognition
Richard Wald
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2019, 2023
(Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
Barron's "Top 1200 Financial Advisors", 2014
(Published on February 24, 2014. Rankings based on data as of September 30, 2013.)
Travis O'Brien
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2018-2024
(Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
Forbes "America’s Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth", 2022
(Published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.)
Brian Noone
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2019-2024
(Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
John O'Neill
Forbes "America's Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors", 2018-2019
(Published annually July – Sept. Rankings based on data as of March 31 of current year.)
Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors", 2019
(Published on September 4, 2019. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2019.)
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2021-2024
(Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
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About Us
Welcome

The 712 INVESTMENT GROUP is a 20 person wealth management group operating under the umbrella of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a division of Bank of America Corporation.

While our founding partners' roots at Merrill date back to the mid 1980's, the 712 INVESTMENT GROUP was formally organized in 1992 at 712 Fifth Avenue in New York City. With six partners and fifteen supporting associates and specialists, our bi-coastal team has offices strategically located in Midtown Manhattan, the San Francisco Bay area, and Charleston, SC. We accept new clients via personal recommendations from existing clients.

Our team is ranked #10 on the 2022 Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" list. (*Published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.)

Additionally, our partners, Managing Directors, Richard Wald and Travis O'Brien, and Senior Vice Presidents John O'Neill Jr. and Brian Noone, were all named to Forbes 2022 "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors". (**Published on April 7, 2022. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.)

*Source: The Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" list, published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.

Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: a measure of each team's best practices, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of Forbes and not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome and should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Rankings and recognition from Forbes are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results. SHOOK's research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and team, and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client's experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC. **Source: The Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, published on April 7, 2022. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021. Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual, and telephone due diligence meetings to measure best practices; also considered are: client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK's research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client's experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

About Us
Welcome

The 712 INVESTMENT GROUP is a 20 person wealth management group operating under the umbrella of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, a division of Bank of America Corporation.

While our founding partners' roots at Merrill date back to the mid 1980's, the 712 INVESTMENT GROUP was formally organized in 1992 at 712 Fifth Avenue in New York City. With six partners and fifteen supporting associates and specialists, our bi-coastal team has offices strategically located in Midtown Manhattan, the San Francisco Bay area, and Charleston, SC. We accept new clients via personal recommendations from existing clients.

Our team is ranked #10 on the 2022 Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" list. (*Published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.)

Additionally, our partners, Managing Directors, Richard Wald and Travis O'Brien, and Senior Vice Presidents John O'Neill Jr. and Brian Noone, were all named to Forbes 2022 "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors". (**Published on April 7, 2022. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.)

*Source: The Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" list, published on November 8, 2022. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.

Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes "America's Top Wealth Management Teams High Net Worth" ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: a measure of each team's best practices, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of Forbes and not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome and should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Rankings and recognition from Forbes are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results. SHOOK's research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and team, and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client's experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC. **Source: The Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, published on April 7, 2022. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021. Data provided by SHOOK® Research, LLC. Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person, virtual, and telephone due diligence meetings to measure best practices; also considered are: client retention, industry experience, credentials, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, such as: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. SHOOK's research and rankings provide opinions intended to help investors choose the right financial advisor and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client's experience. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receive compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. For more information, please see www.SHOOKresearch.com. SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

Our Process

We start by listening to you to gain a deep understanding of the moving parts of your financial life. Recognizing the concerns that can affect your family and finances — today and in the future — can put us in a better position to help you develop a wealth management strategy uniquely tailored to your circumstances.

With this understanding, together with an overview of your financial life (income, assets, titling, taxes) we will develop a plan tailored to your goals, liquidity needs, values, time horizon, and risk tolerance.

The customizable strategies we build address a wide range of needs:

  • Investment and retirement income planning
  • Estate planning services and wealth transfer strategies
  • Philanthropic and charitable giving strategies
  • Education funding
  • Lending (Mortgage - NMLS #247463, Securities Based Loans, Custom Financing)
  • Insurance and annuities
Investments

Our partners have decades of real life investment experience in allocating billions of dollars across the capital markets. We are aided in this process by the firm's industry leading research, alongside a team of highly skilled due diligence professionals.

After carefully evaluating your overall financial picture, we will create a custom strategy designed to help you pursue your goals. Our "open architecture" platform gives us access to some of the world's top investment managers together with our own internal research based strategies. During this process (and ongoing), we will also work with your personal tax and estate planning professionals to help ensure your financial strategy is aligned with tax minimization considerations.

With your investment performance, capital preservation, and legacy concerns top of mind, we will regularly review your investments to help make sure they stay aligned with your goals for your lifetime and future generations.

*Any information presented in connection with BofA Global Research is general in nature and is not intended to provide personal investment advice. The information does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any specific person who may receive it. Investors should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized. BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. ("BofAS") and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. BofA Global Research does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that the firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision.

*Institutional Investor magazine announced BofA Global Research as one of the Top Global Research Firms in 2022 based on surveys held throughout the year. The magazine creates rankings of the top research analysts in a wide variety of specializations, drawn from the choices of portfolio managers and other investment professionals at more than 1,000 firms. BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc ("BofAS") and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. Learn more about the methodology at Institutional Investor. Rankings and recognition from Institutional Investor are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.

Focus On

We believe that financial success can be achieved when you're able to make investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals. Whether you're planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or funding a child's education, the process begins by getting to know you and how you feel about the following:

  • Health: Managing healthcare expenses, now and in the future
  • Home: Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Family: Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Leisure: Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Giving: Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals

Success will be measured by the amount of progress you are making toward reaching your goals, making thoughtfully considered adjustments as events and conditions warrant.

This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare or Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare or social security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor.

Philanthropy

For the past 27 years, The 712 INVESTMENT GROUP has been working with internal specialists to help affluent families, foundations, charities and endowments address their unique charitable objectives. Whether you are in the early stages of giving back to your community, in the process of creating an enduring legacy through family philanthropy, starting a new trust or foundation or need support for an existing program, we are equipped to help you pursue your personal charitable objectives.

Working with Bank of America specialists, we are prepared to help you design and implement philanthropic strategies in a variety of areas, including:

  • Donor-advised funds
  • Foundations and endowments
  • Small family foundations
  • Large public foundations
  • The review and update of investment policy statements, with the help of a specialist from Bank of America Merrill Global Institutional Consulting
*Global Institutional Consulting, operating under the name "Bank of America," is a business offering products and services for the benefit of institutional and ultra‐high net worth clients and is part of Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM), the wealth and investment management division of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp."). Global Institutional Consultants mentioned herein are registered representatives with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as "MLPF&S" or "Merrill") and may assist you with investment products and services. The nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and clients' rights and Merrill's obligations will differ depending upon the products and services actually provided. Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by wholly owned non-bank affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as "MLPF&S" or "Merrill"), a dually registered broker-dealer and investment adviser and Member SIPC. MLPF&S makes available investment products sponsored, managed, distributed or provided by companies that are affiliates of BofA Corp. Investment products:| Are Not FDIC Insured | Are Not Bank Guaranteed | May Lose Value |
Retirement

As an employer, you understand the critical role a well-designed retirement program can play in helping to attract and retain highly talented employees, meet your fiduciary obligations, make the most of your business assets and assist your employees with their retirement savings goals.

We can help you address the various facets of designing defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans, including:

Needs assessment—We can work with you to understand and evaluate your business requirements and assess the various types of retirement plan programs that may be appropriate for your organization.
Investment analysis and menu selection—We can assist you in developing methods for maintaining an investment menu and creating a review schedule for funds.
Employee communication and education—Working with Merrill Lynch financial advisors throughout the country, we can conduct enrollment meetings, educational sessions and ongoing communications with your employees.

Meet Our Team
John-Paul (JP) Pawlowski, CFP®,CPFA™
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
212.284.5518
Andrew Clark, CRPC™
Financial Advisor
212.382.8615
Richard Wald, CRPC™
Managing Director, Senior Financial Advisor
925.945.4855
Travis O'Brien
Managing Director, Senior Financial Advisor
212.303.4080
Brian Noone
Managing Director, Senior Financial Advisor
212.303.4073
John O'Neill, CFP®,CPWA®,CRPC™
Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
212.303.4076
Michael O'Neill
Senior Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor
212.303.4079
Daniel Jeffers, CFP®,CIMA®,CPFA™
First Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
212.303.4082
Michael Smyth, CKP®,CPFA™,CRPC™
First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor
212.303.4071
Nessa Boland, CRPC™
Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor
212.303.4074
Mallory Smith, CFP®,CRPC™
Officer, Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
843.800.6974
Christina Souriac
Business Manager
212.303.4040
Eleni S Grous
Wealth Management Client Associate
212.303.4083
Ashley Cherry, CRPC™
Assistant Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager
925.945.4808
Emily D Selvaggio, CDFA®,CFP®
Assistant Vice President, Wealth Planner
212.303.4022
Devyn James Fitchhorn
Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
925.945.4822
Cheryl L Tudor, CRPC™
Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Associate
212.303.4077
Concetta M. Maniscalco
Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
212.303.4021
John J O'Neill
Managing Director, Senior Consultant
212.303.4075
Deanna Obremski
Wealth Management Client Associate
212.303.4069
Brian Crawley, AAMS™
Investment Management Specialist
212.303.4046
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.
David Schlansky
Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer
NMLS #247463
Megan Pfeffer
Wealth Management Banking Specialist
Conor O'Keefe
Alternative Investments Regional 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.

About Merrill
Fresh perspectives

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.

Personalized planning

Helping you create a personalized plan

At Merrill, we go beyond the traditional role of an advisor.

  • Your goals, concerns and attitude about investing are the foundation of your plan.
  • We actively listen and provide personalized advice — ensuring we understand what matters most to you and your family.
  • We're committed to creating a personalized plan that evolves with you to help you live well today while preparing for the future.
Team and resources

Giving you access to our teams and solutions

Your advisor is one part of an experienced team dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Acting as your single point of contact, your advisor provides personalized strategies and connects you with:

  • Bank of America specialists, such as mortgage or trust professionals
  • Timely insights from BofA Global Research1 to help you stay informed and navigate ever-changing markets
  • A full suite of Merrill investing and Bank of America banking solutions

1BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. ("BofAS") and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp.").

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