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Rod Westmoreland

Private Wealth Advisor

Rod is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor in the Atlanta/Buckhead office. He focuses on total portfolio planning, including investment policy, asset allocation* and manager selection. He works intensively on servicing the complete needs of high net worth individuals and wealthy families.

Rod has over 30 years of experience in the investment field, the entire tenure with Merrill Lynch. Rod has extensive knowledge in the fields of portfolio development, derivatives, trust services and diversification strategies. He is a member of the firm’s Advisory Council To Management and a frequent guest speaker for Merrill Lynch in offices across the nation.

Rod has been recognized as a top Advisor in several industry publications:

  • In 2013, and 2014 Rod was selected by the Financial Times1 to their list of the top 400 Financial Advisors in the country.
  • In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Rod was selected as a top Advisor in Georgia in Barron’s Special Report of the nation's top 1200 advisors2 and was chosen as the #1 Advisor in Georgia in each of the last 6 years.
  • Every year from 2007 through 2013, Rod has been named in Barron’s as one of the “Top 100 Financial Advisers3 in the country.

    Rod served in the US Navy for 5 years as a Supply Corp Officer after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology on an ROTC scholarship. He is a member of the Buckhead Church and currently lives in Atlanta with his two children.



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    * Asset Allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

    1 The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors, March, 2014. For information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/fWZZLQ. All rights reserved

    2 Barron’s “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” list, February 24, 2014. For information about the selection criteria, go to www.barrons.com. 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.

    3 Barron’s "America's Top 100 Advisors" list, April 21, 2014. For information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/qHq1U7. Barron’s is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

    Barron’s Top 100 Advisors Ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. The scoring system assigns a top score of 100, and rates the rest by comparing them with the top-ranked advisor. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion, because many advisors do not have audited results, and their clients have a wide variety of investment goals, from conservative to aggressive.


    Phone: (404) 264-2066 Download V-Card


  • Hugh Moody

    Private Wealth Relationship Manager

    Hugh has been with Merrill Lynch since 1998 and specifically with the Westmoreland Group since 1999. Hugh began his career at Merrill Lynch in the Retirement Group where he worked with some of the largest multi-national corporations delivering retirement and benefit program solutions.

    Hugh is an Investment Associate and holder of the CIMA® designation1 in the Atlanta/Buckhead office. As a Certified Investment Management Analyst® professional, he provides objective investment advice and guidance to both individuals and institutions. The CIMA® professional integrates a complex body of investment knowledge and applies it systemically and ethically to assist clients in making prudent investment decisions. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association.

    Hugh graduated cum laude with a BSBA in International Business from the University of Colorado. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.


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    1 Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®) is the owner of the certification marks CIMA® and Certified Investment Management Analyst®. Use of CIMA® and Certified Investment Management Analyst® signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.


    Phone: (404) 264-6039 Download V-Card


    Kevin Mikan

    Private Wealth Relationship Manager

    Kevin brings to Bank of America Merrill Lynch substantial experience in working with ultra high net-worth families providing advice, guidance, clarity and solutions for the planning issues that they face. One area of his expertise is in focusing on the issues faced by families with respect to their privately owned businesses and their successful transitions.

    Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch he spent eight years building the Wealth Management business for Zions Bancorp. He was Chairman, CEO and President of Zions Bank’s trust company, Western National Trust Company, and he was also the Director of Advisory Services within Zion’s RIA Contango Capital Advisors. Prior to Zions Bancorp he served as head of UBS Private Bank’s Wealth Management Group covering the western United States. In this capacity, he led the firm's comprehensive estate, tax, philanthropic and business succession advisory team. After UBS acquired PaineWebber, Mr. Mikan helped integrate the combined firm's products and services.

    Earlier Mr. Mikan held positions at major public accounting firms including Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided tax and estate-planning advice to clients with a focus on ultra high net-worth closely held business owning families across the western United States.

    Mr. Mikan holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. Additionally, he holds a certificate in accounting from the University of San Francisco.


    Phone: (404) 231-4188 Download V-Card


    Kelly Carroll

    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

    Kelly has been with Merrill Lynch and the Westmoreland Group since 1994. Her primary focus is building and maintaining trusted client relationships by taking a family office approach to managing their needs on a day to day basis. Her responsibilities include providing banking services, cash flow analysis, rebalancing portfolios, consolidated reporting and tax loss harvesting1. She also interfaces with her clients’ CPAs, attorneys and estate planning specialists. In addition, Kelly assists Rod with business development and implementation and works closely with partnering advisors across the Southeast.

    Kelly is a native to Atlanta and volunteers in her community through such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and her local church. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Auburn University.



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    1 Neither Merrill Lynch nor its Financial Advisors provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Clients should review any planned financial transactions or arrangements that may have tax, accounting or legal implications with their personal professional advisors.


    Phone: (404) 264-2080 Download V-Card


    David Streib

    Private Wealth Analyst Investments

    David joined Merrill Lynch in 2005 after teaching college level Statistics for 5 years. David performs sophisticated modeling of financial strategies and constructs customized investment portfolios to match with clients’ risk tolerances and time horizons. David also researches the specific investments utilized in those portfolios and tracks the implementation process for any changes.

    David holds a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification1 awarded by the Certified Finanacial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and also holds a Certified Investment Management® designation2. The CIMA® professional integrates a complex body of investment knowledge and applies it systemically and ethically to assist clients in making prudent investment decisions. David is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and also holds a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation3 from the College for Financial Planning.

    David holds a degree in Secondary Math Education from Georgia Southern University where he also swam and worked. David and his family are active members of Perimeter Church and currently reside in Woodstock.


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    1Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

    2 CIMA® is a registered certification mark of Investment Management Consultants Association, Inc.

    3 The Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor(sm), CRPC® and Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist(sm), CRPS® are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning.


    Phone: (404) 231-6982 Download V-Card


    Eric Kelley

    Private Wealth Relationship Manager

    Eric began working with Merrill Lynch in 2000 as a summer intern at the Kingston, NY branch office. He obtained his B.S. in Mathematics and Biology from Boston College, and joined Merrill Lynch full time in 2005 as an Investment Services Advisor working with the mass affluent at the Financial Advisory Center in Jacksonville, FL. He joined our team as a Financial Analyst in February 2008 and works with 17 relationships. Eric focuses on alternative investments1, private equity, and market linked investments. Eric is fully licensed. He implements tactical changes along with wealth transfer and tax minimization2 strategies. He also routinely interacts with CPAs, attorneys, and CFOs to assist clients with their estate and tax planning.



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    1 Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors.

    2 Neither Merrill Lynch nor its Financial Advisors provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Clients should review any planned financial transactions or arrangements that may have tax, accounting or legal implications with their personal professional advisors.


    Phone: (404) 231-2570 Download V-Card


    Katie Horn

    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

    Katie joined Merrill Lynch and the Westmoreland Group in 2007. In her role as a Senior Private Wealth Associate Katie provides fundamental support in all phases of client service and client relationship building. She supports the team’s business objectives to deliver estate planning services, cash flow management, retirement planning, investment advice and strategies for businesses. Katie is constantly seeking creative ways to promote a high quality experience for all of her relationships.

    A graduate of the University of Georgia, Katie earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Katie is originally from northwest Arkansas but has lived in Atlanta since 1990.


    Phone: (404) 231-2099 Download V-Card


    Suzanne Thompkins

    Private Wealth Assoc

    Suzanne has been with Merrill Lynch and the Westmoreland Group since 1986. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of data processing, quality control, and performance tracking. In addition to overseeing operationsand administration, Suzanne also processes and tracks all of the managed accounts for our group.


    Phone: (404) 231-2472 Download V-Card


    Meg Ashooh

    Sr Private Wealth Assoc


    Phone: (404) 264-6035 Download V-Card


    Ava Arjmand

    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

    Ava joined Merrill Lynch in 2007. In her role as a Senior Private Wealth Associate Ava provides fundamental support in all phases of client service and client relationship building. She supports the team’s business objectives to deliver estate planning services, cash flow management, retirement planning, investment advice and strategies for businesses. Ava is constantly seeking creative ways to promote a high quality experience for all of her relationships.

    A graduate of the University of Georgia, Ava earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Finance. Ava is originally from Atlanta, GA and enjoys supporting her local sports teams during her free time, volunteering, and traveling.


    Phone: (404) 264-2915 Download V-Card


    Taylor Kitchens
    Private Wealth Assoc




    Phone: (404) 231-2459 Download V-Card

    Sarah McDuffie
    Private Wealth Assoc




    Phone: (404) 264-2055 Download V-Card

    Amy Baly
    Private Wealth Assoc



    Amy joined Merrill Lynch and the Westmoreland Group in 2015. In her role as Private Wealth Associate, Amy provides fundamental support in all phases of client service and client relationship building. Her responsibilities include providing banking services, cash flow analysis, rebalancing portfolios and consolidated reporting. Prior to joining the Westmoreland Group, Amy worked as a Senior Associate at Balentine, LLC, a privately owned investment advisory firm in Atlanta serving high net worth individuals and affluent families.

    Amy earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from the University of Virginia, where she was also captain of the Varsity Swim Team. Amy is a native to Atlanta and volunteers in her community through organizations such as Relay Exchange, a non-profit bible study for mothers and daughters.


    Phone: (404) 231-8003 Download V-Card

    John Westmoreland is registered to do business in:AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

    For questions regarding registration information please contact your Financial Advisor.
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