"Every member of our team is passionate about the work we do. Our personal service on the boards and committees of organizations has given us first-hand experience in understanding and addressing the challenges institutions face as they pursue their financial objectives."

Scott Kelly, CIMA®
Senior Vice President
Private Wealth Manager
Global Institutional Consultant

We start with what’s important to you

We take the time to listen and learn about the needs and goals of your institution and its employees – it’s these real-world insights that guide our strategies and personalized service.

About Us

A Focus on Organizations with Institutional Consulting Investment Needs

Our Louisville-based Global Institutional Consulting team is dedicated to providing institutional clients with the support they need as they pursue their financial goals and objectives. Our team offers an extensive suite of wealth management strategies for a broad range of institutions, including endowments and foundations, pension and profit sharing plans, hospitals and health care systems. With our location, we believe our team members are well positioned to work with organizations across the state of Kentucky and across the country.

Together, Global Institutional Consultant Scott Kelly and Private Wealth Manager Josh Nagel lead a Global Institutional Consulting team of seasoned professionals who have more than 100 years of combined experience serving the institutional market. The select group of Merrill Lynch financial advisors designated as Global Institutional Consultants by Bank of America Merrill Lynch work with our firm's largest institutional clients earn this designation by undergoing a rigorous review process that includes a review of institutional client experience, a comprehensive professional assessment and advanced professional credentials. In addition, Barron's named Scott to its list of the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2014-2017.

Through their work with clients, as well as their personal involvement in leadership positions on boards and committees, team members can draw on their experience, as well as the global reach and resources of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, to provide services as institutions carry out their fiduciary responsibilities.

"We offer institutional clients the wisdom we have gained through our experience with other institutions, combined with access to the global resources and specialized capabilities of Bank of America Merrill Lynch."

Scott Kelly, CIMA®
Senior Vice President
Private Wealth Manager
Global Institutional Consultant

*Source: Barron's "America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State" list, March 7, 2016. For more information about the selection criteria, go to Barron's Top Financial Advisors page. Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

A Disciplined Approach to Investing

Foundations, endowments and other nonprofit (including faith-based) organizations. We can provide guidance to help these clients address key institutional issues and integrate their investment process with their strategic goals and objectives. The services we offer include strategic outlook on governance issues, donor development strategies, board and trustee education, values-based investment strategies, corporate and trustee custody services, and investment policy and spending policy analysis.

Defined benefit plans. Our team offers strategies to help plan sponsors mitigate risk or improve the funding status of defined benefit plans. In addition, we offer access to a wide range of consulting services such as investment policy review/development, asset allocation study, manager search/selection, asset liability management study and performance reporting, as well as reviews of the current search for opportunities to reduce costs and improve performance.

Hospitals and health care systems. In addition to advising clients on customized investment strategies, our team provides access to Merrill Lynch resources to help hospitals and health care systems pursue institutional goals in a challenging financial environment. These may include strategies for managing revenue cycles and merger and acquisition advisory services. Through Bank of America we can access on your behalf treasury and cash management services, and services for raising capital or financing equipment.

Defined contribution plan/401(k) plan consulting services. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has designated the KN Group as one of 30 Merrill Lynch financial advisory teams that can deliver defined contribution investment consulting services to the firm’s defined contribution and 401(k) plan clients. These capabilities can include guidance for plan menu design, investment performance review and group education for employees.

"Teamwork is integral to our practice. Our team is committed to providing you with access to Bank of America Merrill Lynch's specialists to assist you in addressing your organization’s financial challenges."

L. Joshua Nagel, CIMA®
Senior Vice President; Private Wealth Manager

Services For a Wide Range of Institutional Clients

At the core of our capabilities, our team is guided by an investment process that seeks to manage for risk while considering return objectives and spending needs. The services we offer include:

Setting investment strategy. We offer access to thoughtful guidance to help clients create an investment policy statement, or review and update an existing one. Once the policy is in place, we work with clients to design and implement customized investment strategies that align with the organization’s mission, values and objectives.

Designing an investment portfolio. Our customized investment approach takes into account each institution’s goals and objectives, liquidity needs, tolerance for risk, time horizon and investment policy guidelines. We typically recommend a broad range of asset classes that may include hedge funds, private equity and managed futures.

Evaluating investment selection. Our team has developed a process that helps us screen out any investments that would not align with your institution’s socially responsible investment policy. We are thoughtful in building an investment menu, taking into account your institutional values.

Selecting portfolio managers. Investment portfolio strategies are designed for implementation through nonproprietary, third-party managers who have been carefully evaluated and selected using BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research resources. We recommend individual managers based on client-driven investment criteria, and our team continues to monitor their performance against relevant benchmarks.

Why Work with Us?

Our guidance goes beyond the portfolio. We understand the key issues facing your organization, and we approach these issues from an investment, governance and balance sheet perspective. We draw on the experience and wisdom gained in our personal and professional lives to provide support and help guide your decision making.

We are a bridge to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting resources. These broad and deep resources include Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions, and the Specialty Asset Management Group for managing unique, illiquid gifts such as timber, farmland and oil and gas leases, as well as Bank of America banking specialists for services such as cash flow management, investment banking and corporate and commercial banking.

We are committed to transparency and visibility. We adhere to full disclosure when quantifying fees. The size and scope of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch often allow us to negotiate competitive fees with third-party, nonproprietary portfolio managers, in turn potentially reducing costs for the client.

"Reaching well beyond the traditional role of an investment consultant, we offer strategic guidance, as well as access to the resources of Bank of America Merrill Lynch to help organizations actively pursue their broader goals and mission"

Scott Kelly, CIMA®
Senior Vice President
Private Wealth Manager
Global Institutional Consultant

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*Source: Barron's "America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State" list, March 6, 2017. For more information about the selection criteria, go to Barron's Top Financial Advisors page. Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other traditional investments.  For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.

Meet the team

Kelly | Nagel | Group among a select group of Merrill Lynch advisors who have met the rigorous requirements to be a designated Bank of America Merrill Lynch .

Scott A Kelly

Scott A Kelly


Private Wealth Manager

Lawrence Joshua  Nagel

Lawrence Joshua Nagel


Private Wealth Manager

London F Smith

London F Smith


Private Wealth Analyst Business Management

Lisa M Clark

Lisa M Clark


Private Wealth Relationship Manager

Burdette  Park

Burdette Park

Senior Financial Advisor

Andrea P Kinser

Andrea P Kinser

Private Wealth Manager

Austin  Bailey

Austin Bailey

Financial Advisor

Sarah Martineau Coble

Sarah Martineau Coble

Private Wealth Associate


Additional Resources

Kelly | Nagel | Group is supported by talented specialists who have experience working with institutions and share a strong commitment to guiding investment programs and strategic decision making.

Solutions for Institutions

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Helping institutions meet their investment needs

We put the resources and intellectual capital of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch to work for institutional clients like you by delivering thoughtful advice and sophisticated investment strategies through focused client-centric consulting. We help organizations like yours address today’s complex investment challenges through an integrated, goals-based investment process that enables them to redefine success, manage risk and help fulfill their missions.

And More

Beyond our experience, we offer access to the deep intellectual capital and broad capabilities of Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates. If we identify a need we can’t service myself, we can connect you with the people and resources to help you. Through our network of advisors, we strive to deliver strategies to help you manage the day-to-day and long-term responsibilities required in pursuing your institution’s goals. As we work together to address your evolving needs, we can make the broad capabilities of Bank of America Corporation feel much more accessible.

Investment Solutions

We provide access to a full suite of investment solutions to help you manage assets for non-profit organizations, foundations, endowments and corporate retirement and pension plans. Our level of involvement is based on your preference — from traditional consulting, to client-directed implementation, to full discretionary outsourced CIO services. We work with your CFO, board of directors and investment committee to develop a tailored investment strategy that is consistent with your culture, goals, preferences and risk profile.

Disciplined Investment Process

We follow a disciplined process that helps to address your organization’s changing needs and provides you with a potentially higher probability of achieving your long-term investment goals.


Investment Policy Statement Development and Review

Act as liaison between institutional clients and Merrill Lynch’s Investment Policy Statement (IPS) service, which creates and modifies an IPS, based on the client’s investment goals and objectives.


Strategic Allocation Modeling

Customizable asset allocation based on the Merrill Lynch insightful capital market assumptions.


Investment Manager Due Diligence

Recommend investment solutions leveraging Merrill Lynch’s thorough and rigorous due diligence process.


Investment Manager Search and Selection

Advanced portfolio construction techniques combined with client specific objectives and Merrill Lynch’s capital market guidance.


Portfolio Strategy

Leverage Merrill Lynch’s global intellectual capital including tactical tilts to help increase returns.


Performance Measurement

Monitor, quantify and evaluate performance to identify opportunities to refine the portfolio’s overall strategy, based on the Investment Policy Statement.

Endowments, Foundations and Nonprofits

We understand the issues nonprofits, endowments and foundations address in funding their missions in an ever-changing financial climate. Drawing on the global resources of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we offer insight, guidance and personalized service to help institutions develop and execute investment strategies focused on what matters most to them and the people they serve.

Consider the broad spectrum of our investment management and advisory solutions, including:

  • Investment consulting services
  • Access to fiduciary asset management
  • Impact investing
  • Board governance and education
  • Fundraising & planned giving strategies
  • Cash and liquidity management
  • Nonprofit industry insights

Impact investing and/or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.

Defined benefit plans

Whether your defined benefit plan is an active part of your overall benefit offering, is closed to new participants, or fully frozen, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s service model allows you to outsource the many administrative tasks associated with the maintenance of a pension plan to fulfill plan obligations and manage risk.

Key services include:

  • Investment consulting service
  • Open architecture investment management platform
  • Liability driven investment implementation
  • Actuarial services and discretionary investment management


To help you meet your fiduciary responsibilities, we can offer investment solutions which are vetted by the investment due diligence process of the Chief Investment Office (CIO). Merrill Lynch will accept ERISA 3(21) fiduciary responsibility for the investment advice provided through DCIC. We believe that putting the expertise of a specialized Merrill Lynch financial advisor to work for your plan is a smart solution to help you meet your fiduciary responsibilities. We can offer thoughtful advice on how to create an investment lineup that fits your organization’s needs, as well as provide support to help manage investments over time.

Workplace Insights™ | Public Policy & Trends

Access information about the issues, laws and industry changes that are being considered and what these changes can mean to you and your employees.

We're bullish on the future. Yours.

Solutions for Individuals

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We believe that the best financial strategy is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Worried about managing future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth on to future generations? With access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America, we will work with you to develop strategies that are designed to address your priorities and financial needs.


We begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you to identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether that's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing financial strategies that help you pursue your passions, or simply providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, we start by listening to learn more about you.

Merrill Lynch developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know your investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can help customize the financial strategy we develop together.


Our process is designed to deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond portfolio management. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America offers a way for clients to manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We can be a financial resource, helping clients with the process of transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill Lynch developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial strategy we develop together to help you with your approach for what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help me get to know you – to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will give you a sense of the full assessment and help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

Understanding your goals and priorities

Your life and goals change. We have tools to help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial strategy, our goal is to help give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help achieve what's most important to you.


Regular reviews to help you stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.


Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

Access to what you need, when you need it

MyMerrill is your destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

  • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
  • Manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as touch id, one time passcode, and other security features
  • Access to your complete financial life is available with My Financial Picture, Merrill Lynch’s asset aggregation tool

*Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch Investment Accounts1
  • Investment Advisory Accounts1
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Exchange-Traded Funds1
  • Mutual Funds1
  • Closed-end Funds1
  • Fixed Income Products1
  • Options1
  • Annuities3
  • Impact Portfolios1
  • Market-Linked Investments1
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Margin1
  • Home Loans2
  • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
  • Credit Cards2
  • Online Account Access1,2

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

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