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Jones Zafari Group

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As a team with multigenerational members, we understand what it takes to manage significant wealth for individuals and families across generations.  Working with a limited number of high net worth clients, we help bring an insightful perspective, personalized attention and boutique-like services.

Meet the Team

Your team includes private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management as well as financial advisors from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Together, they work to help meet the specialized needs of individuals and families and to build relationships based on trust and personalized service. Read more about our team.

Richard B Jones

Richard B Jones

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

310.407.4925
Reza  Zafari

Reza Zafari

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

310.407.4923
Jerome S Klein

Jerome S Klein

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

310.407.4919
Thomas P Tournat

Thomas P Tournat

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

310.407.4917
Suzanne W Killea

Suzanne W Killea,

Managing Director

Private Wealth Advisor

650.473.2042
Audney L DePaulo

Audney L DePaulo,

Senior Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4906
Eleni  Mavromati

Eleni Mavromati,

Senior Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4913
David L Niehaus

David L Niehaus,

Senior Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4918
William  Byers

William Byers,

Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4908
Jeremy  DeCuir

Jeremy DeCuir

Assistant Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.3929
Fraser  McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine,

First Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4909
Victoria R Santoro

Victoria R Santoro,

Assistant Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4910
Connor  Anthony

Connor Anthony

Registered Analyst

310.407.4914
Judith Ignacio Cox

Judith Ignacio Cox,

Assistant Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4920
Erin  Dexter

Erin Dexter

Assistant Vice President

Private Wealth Associate

310.407.4911
Jessica  Lackmeyer

Jessica Lackmeyer

Analyst

310.407.4929
Liam  Lau

Liam Lau

Analyst

Jacqueline J Lewis

Jacqueline J Lewis,

Assistant Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4916
Brandon M Luckwaldt

Brandon M Luckwaldt

Registered Analyst

310.407.4907
Jenna M Mai

Jenna M Mai

Private Wealth Associate

310.407.4915
Lily Y Masutani

Lily Y Masutani,

Assistant Vice President

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

310.407.4921
Ronald  Paulos

Ronald Paulos

Analyst

Marian  Ting

Marian Ting

Private Wealth Manager

650.473.2049
Shirley  Valladares

Shirley Valladares

Registered Private Wealth Associate

310.407.4892
Brandie M Wilson

Brandie M Wilson

Registered Private Wealth Associate

310.407.4930
Lisa M Young

Lisa M Young

Private Wealth Associate

310.407.4922
Maritza D Camilo

Maritza D Camilo

Senior Private Wealth Associate

650.473.2041
Cyrus  M Chan

Cyrus M Chan

Registered Private Wealth Associate

650.473.2050
Steven  Adkinson

Steven Adkinson

Senior Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

949.721.6581
Lucian  Ursan

Lucian Ursan,

Financial Advisor

949.721.6583
Adriane Javier Joya

Adriane Javier Joya

Senior Private Wealth Associate

949.721.6580
Laila E Margallo

Laila E Margallo,

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager

858.587.4526
Chad Feilke

Chad Feilke

First Vice President

Private Wealth Manager

310.407.4964
Matthew  Spring

Matthew Spring,

Vice President

Senior Financial Advisor

310.777.5311
Jason Kelso

Jason Kelso,

First Vice President

Senior Financial Advisor

310.536.1658

Additional Resources

Brandon J Sanford

Brandon J Sanford

Division Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

Jean Kim-Wall

Jean Kim-Wall

Wealth Strategist

Merrill Lynch

Michael Powers

Michael Powers

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Recognition

Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from industry publications. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

Richard B Jones

Barron’s “Top 50 Private Wealth Advisory Teams” list in 2020.

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018-2020

Forbes’ “America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors” in  2016 - 2020

 Barron’s “Top 100 Financial Advisors” from 2005 - 2020

Financial Times –“Top 400 Financial Advisers”  2013-2020

Suzanne W Killea

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018 - 2020

Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” 2017 - 2020

Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” in 2009, 2011, 2013 - 2018

Reza Zafari

 Barron’s “Top 100 Financial Advisors” 2005-2020

Barron’s 2017 “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State”

Financial Times –“Top 400 Financial Advisers”  2020

Solutions designed to help you achieve your goals

As a client of Merrill Private Wealth Management, you have access to services and resources ordinarily reserved for the world’s largest institutions. We work with individuals, families spanning multiple generations, business owners and executives. Using a goals-based wealth management approach, we put our clients at the center of every personalized strategy.

Our Approach

Our Philosophy

We believe your unique goals should be at the center of all of your financial decisions and form the foundation of your financial strategy. Because significant wealth requires customized goals-based financial strategies, we believe in building lasting relationships with a limited number of clients, taking the time to understand your most important priorities for today, tomorrow and your long-term future. Our philosophy celebrates collaboration. Working with a team of specialists, we draw on the resources and insights of a global financial institution to create strategies that reflect your aspirations for yourself and current and future generations of your family. Finally, we believe that while significant wealth brings complex challenges, our experience, passion and perspectives can help you simplify your life.

Jones Zafari Group

From our three locations in Los Angeles, La Jolla, and Palo Alto our group of investment professionals provides financial services and strategies for ultra-affluent individuals, families, corporations, endowments, and foundations. Clients who have entrusted us with $17.4 billion in assets as of February 14, 2020. Clients include entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, media personalities, non-profit organizations, and owners of private corporations; accounts range in size from $10 million to over $1 billion.

Our senior partners have received a number of accolades:

  • Barron's magazine, ranked #1 on "America's Top 50 Private Wealth Management Teams," 2020
  • Barron's Advisor Hall of Fame
  • Barron’s magazine, “Top 100 Financial Advisors nationally,” 2005 – 2020.
  • Barron’s magazine, “Top 1200 Financial Advisors State-by-State,” 2009 – 2019.
  • Barron's magazine, "Top 100 Women Advisors," 2013-2018. 3
  • The Financial Times, ”Top 400 Advisors,” 2013 – 2020.
  • Wealth Management magazine, “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016."
  • Forbes' “Top 250 Wealth Advisors,” 2016-2019
  • Forbes' "America's Top Women Wealth Advisors," 2017-2020.
  • Forbes' "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors," 2018-2020.


Source: The Barron's "Top 50 Private Wealth Management Teams" list, April 17, 2020. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/oCSYX0 . Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. These rankings and ratings are not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.
Source: The Barron's "Top 100 Financial Advisors" list, April 17, 2020. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/hSrROE . Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. These rankings and ratings are not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.

Source: Barron's “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors” list, March 11, 2019.  For more information about the selection criteria, http://details-he.re/1u7KVH . Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Years prior to 2014, this Barron's list consisted of 1,000 advisors.

Source: The Barron's "Top 100 Women Financial Advisors" list considers advisors who have a minimum of 7 years financial services experience and been employed at their current firm for at least one year (June 11, 2018). Other quantitative and qualitative measures include: client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records, and community involvement, among others. Rankings are based on the opinions of Barron’s 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. For more information, visit https://www.barrons.com/report/top-financial-advisors/women/2018 . Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights

4Source: The Financial Times "400 Top Financial Advisers" (FT 400) list, April 16, 2020. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/fTgbvQ . The Financial Times "400 Top Financial Advisers" (FT 400) list is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times. All rights reserved. Rankings and recognition from the Financial Times 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 of the advisor.

Source: WealthManagement Magazine’s “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in 2016” list, May 1, 2016. For information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/YmYuUA . WealthManagement Magazine is a trademark of Penton Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

Source: Forbes "America's Top Wealth Advisors" list, (September, 2019). For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/7mnoMA . Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved..

Source: The Forbes "America's Top Women Wealth Advisors" list, April 21, 2020. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/V5tDPQ . Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved. These rankings and ratings are not representative or indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome, and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.

Source: The Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, January 16, 2020. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/cQUujC . Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved.

The ranking or ratings shown here may not be representative of all client experiences because they reflect an average or sampling of the client experiences. These rankings or ratings are not indicative of any future performance or investment outcome. Such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.




 

A Commitment to Service

Merrill Private Wealth Management is committed to providing a select group of clients with highly personalized one-on-one service. When you work with us, our knowledgeable, rigorously trained private wealth advisors will gain a deep understanding of your goals, help you develop a multigenerational wealth strategy, and help you update your approach as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, and Merrill will continue to invest in client tools and new technology to enhance your overall experience as you and your private wealth advisor pursue what’s most important to you.

Depth of Experience

We draw upon the combined talents and efforts of all of our team members. The breadth of our group enables us to provide clients with in-depth knowledge within an intimate, attentive framework that is highly focused on their needs. Each client has direct, one-on-one access to a partner of our group. The immediacy of this relationship, combined with the scope of our services, creates a powerful dynamic that seeks to enhance, organize, and streamline clients’ financial lives.

Focused Attention

We inherently recognize that the needs and desires of high-net-worth clients are distinctive, requiring the upmost professionalism, discretion, and focus. Our strategies and offerings are designed to address clients’ complex, wide ranging financial needs:


 

  • Investment management

 

  • Trust and estate planning strategies

 

  • Brokerage

 

  • Tax-effective hedging and diversification strategies

 

  • Credit and banking needs through Bank of America, N.A.

 

  • Access to family office services

 

 

Dedicated Investment Analysis

The open investment platform within Merrill enables our group to access investment strategies wherever they are housed. Given the size and scale of our group, we have dedicated resources for investment manager due diligence. Our team conducts over 1,000 calls and meetings with investment managers each year. This commitment to investment analysis provides us with valuable insight into market conditions, investment capacity, new investment strategies, and rising talent. We parlay this knowledge into timely strategic and tactical investment approaches that seek to enhance portfolio returns while dampening risk.

Investment Philosophy

We believe that maintaining a contrarian mindset and embracing flexibility are key activities of portfolio construction. The investment goal for our strategies is to provide market-driven returns, with size, style and geographic diversification. We seek to bolster returns through tactical allocations, providing a broad range of investment choices to serve client needs.

Let's have a conversation

Your dedicated Merrill Private Wealth Management team is ready to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

Our Vision

For clients of substantial means, Merrill Private Wealth Management provides an experience that is both powerful and personal. We are dedicated to helping you pursue your goals for today while developing an approach designed to support your family members for the years to come.

Your private wealth advisor and team of specialists work with a limited number of clients, enabling them to focus their time, training and passion on helping you simplify your personal and business finances and prepare your next generation.

Boutique-like service with the access to the investment resources of Merrill and banking convenience of Bank of America

We combine the personalized attention and feel of a smaller firm with the power and insights of a global financial institution, creating financial strategies tailored to your unique situation.

A relentless commitment to transparency and customized strategies

As our client, know we are working in your best interests, providing goals-based financial strategies designed to anticipate and help meet your evolving financial needs.

Jones Zafari Group

Private Wealth Advisors