Klindt, Cole & Associates, Private Wealth Advisors

Our Team

Located in Nashville, we are a wealth management team dedicated to serving ultra-high-net-worth clients. We place a strong emphasis on customized strategies, 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 a leading global financial services firm. Our five-person team prides itself on customization, sophistication, coordination, and client care.

Creating Customized Strategies 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. We advise a number of multi-generational families, catering to the distinctive needs of their family members at different life states. 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
  •  Executive Services
  •  Philanthropy
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    *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.

    Eric 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 holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation sponsored by the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) at the Wharton School.** From 2010-2013, Barron's magazine recognized Eric as one of the Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in the United States. In 2014, he was again recognized as one of the Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the United States.***

    Eric received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

    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. ___________________________________________________________________________________

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

    **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.

    ***Barron's Magazine, 2010-2013: Advisors considered for the "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 Advisor rankings include: client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records, and community involvement, among others. Barron's does not receive compensation from Advisors, participating firms and their affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings. Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Christy 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 is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™** certficant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. 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.

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

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    Joshua Herring

    Sr Financial Analyst

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    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

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    Reg Private Wealth Assoc

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    Christy Cole is registered to do business in:AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA

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    Klindt, Cole & Associates

    Private Wealth Advisors

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

    Phone(615) 747-5625

    Our Team

    Eric Klindt ( view profile )
    Private Wealth Advisor

    (615) 747-5625

    Christy Cole ( view profile )
    Private Wealth Advisor

    (615) 757-5619

    Joshua Herring ( view profile )
    Sr Financial Analyst

    (615) 747-5622

    Patsy Bass ( view profile )
    Sr Private Wealth Assoc

    (615) 747-5634

    Jessica Williams ( view profile )
    Reg Private Wealth Assoc

    (615) 747-5621








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