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The Desforges Player Myers TeamThe Desforges Player Myers Team serve a select clientele that seek prudent retirement planning, meaningful relationships and lifetime advisory support. Together, we guide clients through every financial stage with informed, personalized service built on the following tenets:• Thoughtful Wealth Management Planning: We believe clients deserve the confidence that comes with knowing their portfolios are effectively invested and specifically crafted to pursue their unique financial and personal goals. • Objective Advice: Our team has the freedom to select from the wide universe of investments and can offer clients completely objective guidance with no obligation to recommend proprietary products. • Discretionary Portfolio Management: With the Player Wealth Management Group, clients enjoy customized investments and strategies specifically designed to meet ongoing needs. They also benefit from a personalized connection to industry specialists and opportunities through our affiliation with Merrill Lynch.• Thorough Retirement Planning: By combining our guidance, service and planning, our team helps investors convert their life’s savings into a reliable income stream that supports a fulfilling retirement and lasting legacy. • Relationship-Centered Process: We understand and uphold the importance of family and intergenerational wealth in every client relationship.
Al J. Desforges, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®Senior Vice PresidentWealth Management AdvisorAl has more than 35 years of experience providing financial and wealth management advice and services. A graduate of Augusta College, Al joined Merrill Lynch in 1981. He focuses on retirement income strategies and investment analysis. He has been recognized by Barron's Magazine as a Top 1200 Advisor from 2009-2017. Al resides with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Marty, in Hoover, Alabama. Michael S Player, CFP®, CRPC®Senior Vice PresidentWealth Management AdvisorPortfolio ManagerMichael Player is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Michael holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER“TM” certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor“SM” professional designation. Michael is a member of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Shades Valley Lodge # 829 in Homewood, Alabama. Michael has also recently served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located within Oak Mountain State Park. He is a graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing, Management and Finance. Michael has been with Merrill Lynch for over 15 years and focuses on the retirement needs of businesses and high net worth individuals. Michael has a passion for teaching kids the fundamentals of baseball as well as fundamentals and proper techniques of pitching. He is still very active in playing competitive baseball in the MSBL in various local and national baseball tournaments. Les Myers,CRPC®Senior Investment Associate; Assistant Vice PresidentA graduate of Samford University, Les joined Merrill Lynch in 1992. Since then Les has helped clients determine financial goals and implement investment strategies. He focuses on retirement income planning, growth and income annuities, asset allocation, and customized lending recommendations including home financing and asset based lending offered through Bank of America, N.A. He currently serves on the Alabama Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries. Les resides with his 4 daughters Anna,Elle,Aubrey and Ava in Vestavia Hills,AlabamaNicole BarbeeFinancial AdvisorNicole endeavors to establish deep and valued relationships with clients to understand their needs and aspirations. She strives to be the primary trusted source for her clients’ investing and lending needs for personal and business purposes. She continues to view her clients’ needs from a total wealth management perspective, by leveraging the power of Merrill Lynch research and product offerings. Nicole is a 2009 graduate from the University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL) where she completed her BA and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She went on to complete her MS in 2012 from the University of West Florida and was selected as a member of Alpha Phi Sigma (National Honor Society). Nicole began her career as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in 2014. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch she worked in the sales industry. Having joined Merrill Lynch in 2014, her focus is on developing strategies for individuals, business owners, and families in order to help them achieve their goals. Nicole provides a wide array of financial or investment services including wealth management, retirement planning, college planning, and investment planning or portfolio development.Kate M. Cahill Registered Senior Client AssociateA graduate of Valparaiso University, Kate joined Merrill Lynch in 1998. Her focus is on the administrative services for the team. Kate has three grown children: Matt, Jessica and Amie. She resides with her husband, Toby, in Hoover, Alabama.Kelly WebbRegistered Senior Client AssociateKelly Webb began her career in financial services in 1998 and joined Merrill Lynch in 2002. She is often the first point of contact for the team, and prides herself in quickly resolving issues and tracking down answers. She has significant experience in catering to the needs of ultra-high-net-worth clients; she is particularly sensitive to the specific circumstances and unique requirements of each client.Within the team, Kelly is the team coordinator and business manager, spearheading operations for the team. Kelly is also a branch manager coach; she is responsible for training new client associates in the Birmingham South office.Kelly is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s School of Business with a degree in Financial Management. A native of Dothan, Alabama, Kelly now lives in Birmingham with her husband Ezell and their sons, Ezell Jr. and Walker.Client CommitmentAt Merrill Lynch, our Advisors take a dynamic and individualized approach to helping clients address their financial needs. One that combines knowledge, experience and acumen with a deep understanding not just of a client’s goals, risk tolerance, liquidity needs and objectives, but of their lives, family, interests and passions. It’s an approach based on “know-how” and “know-you”, and truly reflects our philosophy of working closely with clients to help them live the lives they want and plan for the future.Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S.Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM and CRPC® are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning.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. Years prior to 2014, this Barron's list consisted of 1,000 advisors
Michael Player is registered to do business in : AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, ME, MS, NC, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT
Al Desforges is registered to do business in : AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, LA, MA, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA
Nicole Barbee is registered to do business in : AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, LA, ME, MS, NC, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI
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