Maro Paz

Vice President, Resident Director
NMLS #1924020

755 SW Bonnett Way
Bend, OR 97702
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With more than 25 years spent in financial services, I have earned the trust and loyalty of a largely referred clientele – successful entrepreneurs, C-suite executives and others who typically share my passion for an active, outdoor lifestyle (skiing, cycling or a good round of golf).

Maro’s longevity in the industry has taught him the value of process, discipline and client care. Having managed clients’ money and emotion amid the volatility of 2000, 2008 and 2020, Maro feels proud that virtually all of those clients remain with him today. He believes that’s due in large part to his ability to provide enlightened retirement income planning, wealth transfer strategies, and tax-efficient investment guidance.

A highly credentialed lifetime learner, Maro Paz holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, CFP® certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor, CPFATM designation, awarded by the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA).

On behalf of multiple generations of families in Oregon and more than ten other states, Maro has honed a hands-on, planning-based approach that has resulted in friendly and familial relationships. In addition to his financial skills, Maro’s ability to focus attentively on clients when their lives are in motion can be especially beneficial. He offers an extra measure of insight and consideration serving special needs families and clients caring for elderly parents.

In each relationship, Maro considers the broad canvas of a client’s life. Despite their wealth, some wrestle with the right balance – for enjoying it now, saving for retirement, funding a child’s education, creating a family legacy, or supporting a worthy cause. As a goals-based financial advisor, Maro helps clients explore their objectives – rather than focus on beating a benchmark. Often he asks, “What’s your primary concern, financial or otherwise? What does a rewarding retirement look like? What do you want to accomplish that you don’t think is possible? And what role would you like me to play?”

With a solid understanding of what each client would like to accomplish, Maro examines both sides of their balance sheets – assets and liabilities. Doing so allows him to find aspects of their financial pictures that should be addressed – the first step in helping achieve their objectives.

When it comes to investments, Maro formulates diversified client portfolios that may include individual equities, bonds, ETFs and mutual funds. Looking for a rate of return needed to satisfy each client’s goals – not a market-based model – Maro relies on the firm’s Chief Investment Office for its award-winning equity research and Merrill’s planning tools.

He also crafts tax-minimization and estate-planning strategies – often in concert with clients’ CPAs and attorneys or professionals that he can recommend. In addition, he offers clients ready access to residential, securities-based and aviation lending through Bank of America, N.A.

An Oregon native, Maro became fascinated with investments at a young age – later trading stocks and options while an undergrad in college. Maro holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Oregon (and a minor in Spanish), as well as Master of Science degree in Personal Financial Planning from The College for Financial Planning.

Maro also holds a place in his heart for skiing. In fact, he skied competitively on the Warsteiner Pro Mogul Tour in the mid-1990. Today, he is still active on the slopes with his wife, Kari Myhre-Paz, and their three children. He has also run the NYC Marathon with Kari and has cycled across the country with his family. On his own, Maro enjoys mountain and road biking, running and playing golf. He financially supports several local charities and has volunteered as a reviewer for the United Way’s local bi-annual funding requests.

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About Me

My 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. I help you design and implement a personalized plan intended to help you and your family pursue financial goals while helping manage investment risk. My approach is to focus on potential solutions that can help turn goals into reality.

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Maro Paz is registered to do business in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.