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Baker & AssociatesIn order to deliver superior service and responsiveness, Baker & Associates works with a select group of Ultra High Net Worth clients. The clients we serve have dynamic goals for their careers, their wealth and their lives. Our team offers personal advice and guidance, providing an experience that we believe few other financial advisors exceed.The clients we work with have been successful in creating wealth and our goal is to help them grow and preserve that wealth. We offer foresight and fresh thinking with a proven investment strategy. Through the years, clients have brought us their most significant and unusual wealth challenges—from buying, selling or expanding specialty businesses to managing global investment portfolios to creating customized lending strategies, and more. With over 30 years of financial experience we deliver a highly sophisticated, boutique level of service, backed by the global investing resources of Merrill Lynch and the banking strength of Bank of America, N.A. Rick Baker, CIMA®Wealth Management AdvisorPortfolio ManagerSenior Vice President- Wealth ManagementRick Baker is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and he has been delivering superior service to clients for 32 years. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation and is responsible for managing existing relationships and business development. He is also a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). Rick devises the team’s investment strategy and monitors performance to ensure alignment with client needs and expectations. Rick graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Economics, and has participated in Finance and Investment Management coursework at the Wharton School of Business. He was named President of the North Florida Federal Land Bank at age 27 and is the youngest person ever to serve in that role.
After 14 years as a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley, Rick decided to transition to Merrill Lynch in 2005. During his career, Rick has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions. His current and past accolades include: • The Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording• Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Board of Directors• Catalyst Foundation Board of Directors• Dallas Austin Foundation Board of Trustees• Advisor to Captain Planet Foundation • Treasurer Rainforest Foundation • Advisor to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame• President – Board of Trustees for CRAYON (Cancer Research and Youth Outreach Network)• American Red Cross Board of Directors• American Cancer Society Board of Trustees• National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Advisor and Honored Member• Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) memberRick and his wife, Lina Lopez, reside in Atlanta Buckhead and have four children. When not working or busy with family and charity work, he enjoys hot yoga and attends to his world class vintage guitar collection.Thien-Hien Nguyen Analyst InvestmentThien-Hien (Sam) Nguyen immigrated to the United States from central Vietnam with her family. She and her family fled their home country due to significant poverty caused by the Vietnam War. Her family’s journey to America included five years in a Hong Kong refugee camp. Because of intervention by the United States, Sam was eventually airlifted to Atlanta at the age of fourteen. When Sam arrived she did not speak English, but persevered working her way through high school and college while being the sole financial support for her family of eight. Armed with the ability to speak several languages, and a survival instinct, she adapted to life in the United States. Through pure determination, she obtained a double major in Finance and Accounting from Georgia State University.Sam joined Merrill Lynch in 2012 and quickly became a Junior Partner with Baker & Associates. She is responsible for the team’s portfolio analysis. Sam is responsible for developing and monitoring investment strategies to maximize returns consistent with the portfolio’s risk parameters. She analyzes the performance of investments in client’s portfolios and makes suitable recommendations through meaningful discussions. Sam currently resides with her husband, Khoi in Lawrenceville, Georgia living close to her family. She regularly attends temple and enjoys gardening as her hobby. Miriam FalakiFinancial AdvisorMiriam Falaki is a first generation American from Morocco and has had the unique opportunity to travel the world both personally and professionally. Miriam is fluent in several languages including her homeland Arabic. After receiving a double major degree in International Business and French from Georgia State University and working in Europe and the Middle East, Miriam joined Merrill Lynch in 2012. Her education, international business exposure and work ethic have allowed her to become a Junior Partner with the Baker & Associates. As a Financial Advisor on the team, she manages the team’s business development initiatives. Miriam monitors and analyzes financial issues related to the business and develops strategic alliances between internal and external associates. By monitoring strategic business growth she ensures that clients receive proactive outreach and reviews.Miriam is community minded as she is an active volunteer with Culture Connect, a non-profit organization that focuses on cultural assimilation and inclusion. During her spare time she enjoys traveling abroad and learning new foreign languages. She resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia staying very close to her relatives, their cultural traditions and strong family values. Lydia UmwaliClient AssociateLydia Umwali is originally from Rwanda and fled the genocide at the age of seven. She has lived in five different countries. As a refugee, she looked for stability and a place to call home, something that has allowed her to embrace different cultures, traditions and languages. Since then, she has made it a goal to help others communicate with each other, whether it is in a corporate setting or in a family environment as well as help people with their financial goals. Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in PR and a minor in English from Georgia State University. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2014, Lydia worked for the Ritz Carlton for 10 years. She is committed to providing the highest level of customer service. Lydia works part time as a freelance interpreter and enjoys giving back to her community. In her spare time, Lydia works on her own book that tells the story of her life as a refugee and reflects on her war experiences as a little girl. Brian BaileyAdditional Resource – Merrill Lynch Banking AdvisorYou may also benefit from the experience of a Merrill Lynch Banking Advisor from Bank of America, N.A. who can provide strategic and personalized banking guidance focused on your needs. Working together, your Financial Advisor team and Merrill Lynch Banking Advisor can draw upon an expansive array of cash management, credit and other lending solutions designed to fit into your overall financial strategy and help you pursue your financial objectives.*Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®) 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 IMCA’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.
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