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The MayerBrodnik Group

Private Wealth Advisors

1152 15TH STREET NW, SUITE 6000

WASHINGTON, DC 20005

202.659.6183

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The MayerBrodnik Group

We are a highly experienced wealth management team that works with a select group of ultra-affluent families nationwide, designing and implementing integrated wealth strategies to pursue success as they define it. We care deeply about the clients we serve, catering to their needs with a commitment, dedication, and precision that attest to our deep-seated interest in their lives and long-term well-being.

We typically work with wealth creators: entrepreneurs, business owners, and their family members. We’re privileged to advise a dynamic and active clientele, many of whom anticipate or have undergone liquidity events. We savor our ability to help families discern and address the many issues and decisions that can accompany significant wealth, serving them with an intimacy, attentiveness, and discretion that underscore our principles as a team.

Designed to Be Different

We built our team from the ground up to align with the needs of accomplished families. As members of the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch, we don’t dabble in the needs of ultra-high-net-worth families; we exclusively work with a limited number of clients who demand the refined skills, mature judgment, and in-depth knowledge that we bring. We formed our team to remedy a critical shortcoming. Too often, there exists a gap between strategy and execution. Affluent families may have excellent frameworks to build and transfer wealth, but little follow-through. Or they may pursue a multitude of initiatives, but fail to knit them together with coordination and deliberation. We seek to bridge and bolster both spheres: strategy and implementation, forethought and follow through.

Focused on Client Outcomes

Our leaders, Michelle Mayer and Michael Brodnik, have spent their careers navigating the issues and opportunities that significant wealth entails. Their direct experience and practical insight intensify our value, helping clients capitalize on efficiencies, avoid pitfalls, and chart their paths forward. Our investment team, led by Robert Frank, applies their analytical talents and broad investment acumen to design customized portfolios that reflect the individuality of each client’s circumstances, timelines, and objectives. Our associates, Reveca Chavez and Cariana Chambers, lead our service model, providing the reliable, warm, and responsive assistance that is the foundation of our approach.

Understanding the Many Contexts of Wealth

The families we serve recognize that true wealth extends well beyond investment reports and financial statements. Our team advances a holistic approach to wealth that is broad in its vision and highly personal in its delivery. We seek to help families build their own value propositions around their wealth, integrating the factors that matter to them and the people they care about: time, health, opportunity, faith, family, and philanthropy. We are deeply committed to helping families translate their wealth into actions and decisions that advance their goals, align with their values, and propel their success.

We are a single source for distinctive needs:

  • Customized investment management
  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Liquidity event strategies: before, during, and after transitions
  • Access to complex lending through Bank of America, N.A.
  • Charitable giving and family foundations
  • Next-generation education and engagement
  • A Collaborative Mindset

    Our team recognizes that sophisticated clients require a range of resources. We espouse a cooperative approach, integrating the efforts of a clients’ external tax and legal advisors, as appropriate. Our team’s background in trust and estate planning services, tax-sensitive investment and wealth transfer initiatives, and law enhance our ability to engage effectively with a client’s wider team, facilitating robust communication and careful execution.*

    As trusted advisors, we value transparency and clarity, offering a detailed process designed to preserve, grow, and transfer wealth effectively. We savor the opportunity to interact with clients frequently, both formally and informally. Above all, we relish our ability to demonstrate our client focus; we are driven to exceed expectations.

    We invite families who have complex wealth management needs to discuss their goals relative to our capabilities in more detail.


    *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.

    Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) is the owner of the certification marks CIMA® and Certified Investment Management Analyst®. Use of CIMA® or Certified Investment Management Analyst® signifies that the user has successfully completed The Institute’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.

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    Michelle M. Mayer

    Managing Director

    Private Wealth Manager

    202.659.6183

    202.659.6183

    michelle.mayer@ml.com

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    Michael T. Brodnik

    Senior Vice President

    Private Wealth Manager

    202.659.7328

    202.659.7328

    michael.brodnik@ml.com

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    Robert J. Frank, CIMA®

    Vice President

    Private Wealth Relationship Manager

    212.680.5973

    212.680.5973

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    Meet the team

    Michelle M. Mayer

    Managing Director

    Private Wealth Manager

    202.659.6183

    202.659.6183

    michelle.mayer@ml.com

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    Michael T. Brodnik

    Senior Vice President

    Private Wealth Manager

    202.659.7328

    202.659.7328

    michael.brodnik@ml.com

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    Robert J. Frank, CIMA®

    Vice President

    Private Wealth Relationship Manager

    212.680.5973

    212.680.5973

    robert.j.frank@ml.com

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