Klindt, Cole & Associates, Private Wealth Advisors

Klindt, Cole & Associates

Located in Nashville, we are a wealth management team dedicated to serving ultra-high-net-worth clients. We place a strong emphasis on customized solutions, recognizing the distinctive needs, goals, and timelines of each client. Our practice has dual strength in investment management and estate-planning strategies – two areas spearheaded by the leaders of our team, Eric Klindt and Christy Cole. As a Private Banking and Investment Group team, we offer an unusual combination: the intimacy and attentiveness of a boutique, backed by the strength and resources of leading global financial services firm. Our five-person team prides itself on customization, sophistication, coordination, and client care.

Creating Customized Solutions for Clients

Affluent clients have different needs. Our long-term experience in working with this client base has repeatedly affirmed the need for customized strategies. We limit our practice to a small number of clients, enabling us to develop a detailed understanding of their wealth management concerns and priorities: their lifestyle needs, special family situations, long-term goals, risk thresholds, inter-generational dynamics, and legacy aspirations. This in-depth knowledge allows us to create nuanced strategies and refined tactics that reflect the individual wealth management needs of each client.

Addressing Sophisticated Needs

We are privileged to work with highly successful individuals, families, and institutions. We advise senior executives, many of whom are in the healthcare and music industries. These clients look to us to simplify the increasing complexity of their financial lives, through executive services such as concentrated or restricted stock management. We also advise a number of entrepreneurs and private business owners during critical periods of their financial lives, such as liquidity events or sale of businesses.

In addition to individual clients, we serve a number of institutions, endowments, and foundations. We are attuned to the special requirements, regulatory oversight, and particular economic challenges of these entities. We are committed to advancing their financial knowledge to promote their long-term sustainability and the fulfillment of their underlying missions.

Coordinating a Cohesive Approach

To be effective, a wealth management strategy has to be streamlined and coordinated. We view a client’s external tax and legal advisors as integral members of the client’s “board of directors.” We work to enhance communication and coordination across these advisors so that together, we pursue a deliberate, holistic approach. In this way, we believe that the efficacy of the entire team is magnified in our pursuit of client interests.

Offering a Range of Services

Our team focuses on the issues that are most pertinent to affluent individuals, families, and institutions:

  •  Asset management
  •  Trust/Wealth Transfer Strategies
  •  Tax Minimization Strategies
  •  Risk Management
  •  Credit and Liquidity
  •  Family Office
  •  Executive Services
  •  Philanthropy
  • Eric T. Klindt

    Private Wealth Advisor

    Eric began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1994. He focuses on investment policy, asset allocation, manager search and selection, performance measurement, and implementation of creative investment strategies for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families, endowments and foundations. Additionally, Eric oversees the team’s investment direction and the management of the PIA portfolios. Eric earned the Certified Investment Manager AnalystSM designation (CIMA®), which he attained in June 2002. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Barron’s magazine recognized Eric as one of the Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in the United States.1

    Eric received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He and his wife Becky have three children: Olivia, Ethan, and Alex. Outside of the office, Eric enjoys golf, tennis, coaching his children’s athletic teams and is involved in the support of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, United Way of Middle Tennessee, St. Jude’s Hospital, AGAPE and his church.



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    1In its February 22, 2010, February 21, 2011, and February 20, 2012 issues, Barron's magazine published its Top 1,000 advisors list, which includes the top financial advisors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Financial advisors considered for Barron's "America's Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State" ranking have a minimum of seven years financial services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Quantitative and qualitative measures used to determine the financial advisor rankings include: client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records, and community involvement, among others.

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    Christy L. Cole

    Private Wealth Advisor

    Christy, who serves as the team’s wealth transfer consultant, joined Merrill Lynch in 2000. Prior to that time, she spent 10 years in the trust and estate planning area, first as an estate planning attorney with Boult Cummings Conners & Berry and later as an administrator/wealth transfer consultant for SunTrust Bank. Her primary responsibilities are to facilitate clients’ tax, estate and philanthropic planning processes while coordinating such processes with the individuals’ advisors, including attorneys and CPAs. She is also involved with the group’s endowment and foundation clients on issues related to planned giving, creation/implementation of investment policy statements, and governance for such organizations, while coordinating these activities with the Philanthropic Group.

    Christy graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., which she attained in 2005. Christy is involved in numerous civic and religious activities, including the Middle Tennessee YMCA Foundation Board and the Centerstone Ambassador’s Circle.

    In her current role at Merrill Lynch, Christy does not provide any legal and/or tax advice.
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    Joshua C. Herring

    Sr Financial Analyst

    Josh joined Merrill Lynch in 2009. He provides investment analysis and portfolio research for the team. Using proprietary analysis, historical data, and Merrill Lynch's award-winning research, he assists in the creation of customized investment strategies that are designed to assist clients in meeting their long-term goals. Josh’s analysis balance a number of considerations, including tax minimization, risk thresholds, time horizons, and cash flow needs.

    An Eagle Scout, Josh received his A.B. Cum Laude from Harvard College and obtained an M.B.A. in Finance from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, graduating in the top five percent of his class. He is a past President of the Nashville Rowing Club and Vice-President of the Harvard Club of Middle Tennessee. Josh and his wife are active members of Aspen Grove Christian Church and volunteer frequently with Habitat for Humanity.

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    Patsy J. Bass

    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

    Patsy has worked at Merrill Lynch since 1996. She enjoys addressing the varied day-to-day needs of clients and is dedicated to providing exceptional client service. She has partnered with management to promote the effective use of training and resources. In addition to her work, Patsy is very active in her church where she serves on the Missions Committee. Patsy enjoys traveling in her free time, which in recent years has taken her to Kenya, Uganda, and Nepal.

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    Jessica C. Williams

    Reg Private Wealth Assoc

    Jessica joined Merrill Lynch in 2009. She began her career on the Merrill Lynch management team as Assistant to the Director of the Nashville Memphis Complex. Two years later, she moved to Klindt, Cole & Associates, where she now focuses on client relations and administration. Through her daily interaction with clients, Jessica strives to enhance the client experience.

    Jessica earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Union University. In addition to her work, she serves on the Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Community Volunteer board leading the Financial Literacy initiative and is a member of the YWCA Jr. Board serving as an advocate for the Weaver Domestic Violence Center. She and her husband, Amzie, enjoy traveling, cooking and staying active.

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    Private Wealth Advisors

    150 FOURTH AVENUE NORTH  Ste. 1700
    NASHVILLE, TN 37219-2417 

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    Private Wealth Advisor

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    Private Wealth Advisor

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    Sr Financial Analyst

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    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

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