de Groot & Associates

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

9595 Six Pines Drive
Suite 8380
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 364-2116
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Our tenure in the industry gives us the knowledge and perspective to guide clients through a variety of economic climates. We use our financial experience to help them remove the emotions associated with their finances and guide them to make smart decisions focused on their goals. We believe the value of effective wealth management is not in the numbers, but in the life that the numbers make possible. Managing your wealth effectively is simply a means to helping you pursue economic freedom.
de Groot & Associates
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

For nearly three decades, de Groot and Associates have been offering individualized financial strategies, knowledgeable wealth management advice and guidance, and extraordinary client service to corporate executives, professionals, business owners and multiple generations of their families. The relationships we have formed with clients are based on our broad experience and unwavering commitment to putting their needs first. Today our team oversees approximately $2 billion in client balances (as of 9/12/2023).

Over the past thirty years we have navigated both turbulent and booming markets. During this time, we have garnered insights and learned lessons that have proven invaluable and have taken existing market situations in the context of market and economic history. With a clear understanding of how changing markets can affect portfolio outcomes, our goal is to help clients filter out the noise, remove emotions from the process, and create portfolios to weather economic and market turbulence.

Frederick de Groot
Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
Barron's "America's Top 1200 Financial Advisors State-by-State", 2012-2024
(Published annually in March. Rankings based on data as of September 30 of prior year.)
Financial Times "Top 400 Financial Advisers", 2020
(Published on April 16, 2020. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2019.)
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams", 2023-2024
(Published annually in January. Rankings based on data as of March 31 of prior year.)
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2019-2024
(Published annually Jan – April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.)
Forbes "America's Top Wealth Advisors", 2021
(Published on August 24, 2021. Rankings based on data as of Mar 31, 2021.)
de Groot & Associates
Barron’s “Top 250 Private Wealth Management Teams”, 2024
(Published on May 10, 2024. Rankings based on data as of December 31, 2023.)
About Us

At de Groot and Associates, we don't believe in one-size-fits-all portfolios or fill-in-the-blank wealth management plans. Rather, we tailor our asset management discipline to your individual financial situation, personal goals, and unique vision for your future. Our experienced financial professionals strive to provide you with clear explanations in plain English so that you can make informed choices between meaningful alternatives.

Because there are many factors that may change in your situation or the environment, it's of the utmost importance to us to be proactive and communicate with you monthly. Throughout our process we keep you informed about economic and financial market conditions that might impact your progress toward short- and long-term goals. We conduct regular reviews to help keep your strategies and portfolios aligned with your changing goals and circumstances. We pay attention to the smallest details, which are important to us because we know they are important to you.

Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring, and your financial future is far too important for you not to be as prepared as possible. As the world around us changes, our commitment, compassion and planning acumen will always be working for you as we strive to deliver a superior wealth management experience.

Meet Our Team
Frederick de Groot,


Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor
Kim I Stepanski
Officer, Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
Matthew A Lentz,


Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager
Antonia Teneyuque
Officer, Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
Brittney Janelle I Atalig
Wealth Management Client Associate
Kaitlyn Fick,


Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Specialist
Melissa M. Schoultz
Wealth Management Client Associate
Karin Sophie Leiva Hilzinger
Wealth Management Client Associate
About Merrill

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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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