Tom Heaton

Senior Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor
NMLS #638933

901 E Byrd St
Richmond, VA 23219
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Understanding your life priorities is an important part of the relationship with you. It’s not just about markets and returns, it’s about what matters most to you.  I can collaborate to help create a personalized plan designed around you, your family, your goals and your aspirations.

With 25 years of financial services experience, I have developed the insight and wisdom to help my clients through difficult markets and all of the life changing events that they will experience.

I have dedicated my career to developing a thoughtful, disciplined goal-based investment approach designed to help my clients navigate through some of the most volatile markets in history. The cornerstone to my investment approach is long term retirement income planning and strategies for helping manage risk. In regard to strategies to help manage risk, I put great emphasis on the use of Behavioral Finance principles. One of Behavioral Finance's main tenets is that the greatest destruction of wealth is when people make bad decisions based on the emotions of greed or fear. My goal is to help you develop a long term retirement strategy and a level of risk that you are comfortable with. Then help you through challenging life transitions or markets that may tempt you to make an uninformed decision based on emotion.

In addition to my experience and investment approach, my highest priority is to help my clients to simplify their life and provide a level of service that exceeds their expectations. We can be your single point of contact for access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help address the various aspects of clients' financial needs.

One of my greatest assets to help me help you is my Wealth Management Client Associate, Megan Huth. She will assist with any of your daily administrative questions or needs. Listed below are several of the areas I can help with. Please contact us to set-up an introductory meeting.

Investments and Risk management strategies Retirement Income Planning and Education Planning Small business and corporate 401(k) plans Access to home financing through Bank of America, N.A. Insurance and estate planning services

I follow the deep-seated Merrill tradition of participating in the communities we serve. This drives my interest in spending time volunteering with organizations in our community.
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Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2023
(Published on April 4, 2023. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2022.)
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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.

Meet Our Professional Staff
Megan Huth,


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.
Michael J Walthall
Wealth Management Banking Specialist
Amie Hajovsky
Regional Lending Specialist
Bank of America, N.A.
NMLS #1838144
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Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™, CRPC™, and the CRPC™ logo are certification marks or registered certification marks of The College for Financial Planning Institutes Corp. in the United States.
Thomas Heaton is registered to do business in CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, LA, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MT, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV.