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When can you enjoy everything you’ve worked for?

Welcome to a different kind of wealth management in Boulder

We get you to think about money like you’ve never thought about it before

Has rolling up your sleeves, working hard, and building success always been part of your DNA? Then we believe Mercer Advisors is the wealth management firm for you.

Because we’re here to help you keep building on that success. But at the same time, we fundamentally believe there’s a point in life where the wealth-builder in you deserves to become the wealth-enjoyer of all you’ve attained.

We’re built differently

Because to us, helping you protect and grow your wealth is about much more than just your investment portfolio

Of course, a well-managed investment portfolio is the cornerstone to building wealth. And we strive to do that exceptionally well.
 
But if returns are your sole focus, those returns can quickly be offset by what happens in the other parts of your financial life. Like not preparing for major taxable events, having an incomplete estate plan, a retirement plan that’s on autopilot, or a less than ideal business succession strategy.
 
So, unlike most firms, we have expertise across financial planning, investing strategy, tax and estate planning, trust services, insurance coverage, and more. With specialists across each of these areas communicating with each other about you, and with you.

Put simply, we help oversee and connect all the dots of your financial life.

Meet our talented wealth advisors in the Boulder area

They’re here to help you connect all your financial dots

Laura Combs

Managing Director

Laura Combs

Laura Combs

Managing Director

Laura began her career in the investment management industry in 2008. As a Managing Director, member of both the Investment Committee and Senior Leadership Team, Laura's distinguished herself as an advisor and experienced leader with a passion for helping clients find their path to Economic Freedom™. She's been recognized by the Thrive Awards, named a Top Woman Advisor by Forbes and a top 40 Under 40 Advisor by InvestmentNews. Laura sits on the steering committee for Mercer Advisors' award-winning InvestHERs women's initiative, is a member of the Financial Planning Association, mentors through Mercer's Mentorship program and the Leeds Professional Mentorship Program at the University of Colorado. She has a degree in Communications from Wheaton College. Laura lives in Boulder with her husband and children.

*Disclosure

Nominees for Investment News’ eighth annual 40 Under 40 project should exhibit qualities of leadership within the financial advice field, such as the drive to succeed, along with prospects for a bright future. He or she must be under the age of 40 on June 7, 2021, which is the date our 40 Under 40 honorees will be announced in the print issue of InvestmentNews and online. Accomplishments: We are looking for professionals who are successful in the advisory business, industry-related projects and the wider world in an advisory capacity, as exhibited by their credentials and achievements. Contribution: We are searching for professionals who promote the financial advice profession, advocate for financial literacy and engage in pro bono financial planning work. Leadership: We are interested in professionals who offer guidance and successful management within a company or the industry as a whole. Promise: We want to celebrate professionals who have passion, enthusiasm, great ideas and show a commitment to the field.

Thrive Award: A panel of independent judges determined the WealthManagement.com 2019 Thrive Award winners. Criteria included demonstrable impact on their firm, the industry, and wealth management in general. The WealthManagement.com Thrive Awards recognizes advisors who are on the way up–those who have proven themselves skilled and ambitious by virtue of three solid years of revenue growth. To qualify for the WealthManagement.com 2019 Thrive list of fastest-growing advisors, applicants had to be based in the U.S., offer financial services to individual clients, and be free of regulatory actions. Applications were accepted from individuals, teams and companies of all types and sizes–including solo advisors, ensembles, practices, family offices, RIAs and IBD reps.

The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of: qualitative data, learned through surveys and interviews (in-person, telephone and virtual), so Forbes can evaluate best practices, service and investing models, compliance records, etc.; as well as quantitative data, like revenue trends and assets under management. All advisors have a minimum of seven years’ experience. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

These awards should not be construed by clients or prospective clients as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if Mercer Advisors or a Mercer Advisors Associate is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services, nor should it be construed as a current or past client endorsement of Mercer Advisors or any Mercer Advisors Associate.

Douglas Gilbert

Senior Vice President, Sales

Douglas Gilbert

Douglas Gilbert

Senior Vice President, Sales

Doug began his career in the financial services industry in 2001. His past experiences include working at Westwood Trust and the Private Client Group for First National Bank of Nebraska, providing comprehensive financial planning and investment advice for high-net-worth clients, foundations, and endowments. Doug has served on several industry and community boards during his career. He graduated from Wayne State College with a degree in Business and holds the FINRA Series 65 License. Doug lives in Omaha with his wife and daughter, and enjoys playing golf and exploring new restaurants.

Sam Khan

Regional Vice President

Sam Khan

Sam Khan

Regional Vice President

Sam graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Political Science and an MBA from Regis University. After graduate school, he opened a brick and mortar sports nutrition store, as fitness is a very big passion in his life. Sam spent majority of his early career at Fidelity Investments as a Financial Consultant, where he obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, Sam was a Vice President, Private Wealth Manager at AllianceBernstein, where he managed assets for Ultra High Net worth families and businesses. In his free time, Sam is passionate about staying fit, food and family.

Kristen Comeau

Regional Vice President

Kristen Comeau

Kristen Comeau

Regional Vice President

Kristen began her financial services career in 2013 working for the London-based service provider Murano Connect, where she learned about the asset management industry. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, she worked for the New York-based hedge fund Naqvi-Van Ness Asset Management, where she ran business development and investor relations. Kristen graduated from the American University of Paris with a degree in International Finance. Kristen is from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver with her husband & son. She enjoys hiking, baking, and fitness. She holds the FINRA Series 65 License.

David E. Gardner

Sr. Wealth Advisor, Director

David E. Gardner

David E. Gardner

Sr. Wealth Advisor, Director

Dave began his financial career in 2004 as a planner, helping advisors map out strategies for their clients. In 2007, he founded the fee-only comprehensive financial planning firm Yellowstone Financial, which later became Confluence Financial Advisors. Dave has been the personal finance columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera and other Colorado newspapers since 2008 with over 250 columns published. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, teaching the upper division Retirement Planning course in the Leeds School of Business.

Dave was president of the Alliance of Comprehensive Planners, a national group of independent, tax-focused financial planners. He has served as a trustee of the Boulder Valley Rotary Club foundation and as president of the Club in 2018-2019. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley with High Honors and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. Dave is married and lives in Boulder with his family including three sons, whom he vainly tries to keep up with on the local running trails. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, is admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, and holds a FINRA Series 65 License.

James Todd

Sr. Wealth Advisor

James Todd

James Todd

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Jim began his wealth management career in 1997 as founder and managing partner at Hegwood & Todd, a small investment and financial planning firm. His areas of expertise include high-net-worth financial planning, trust administration, estate planning, and life insurance strategies. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, Jim worked as a wealth manager at USAA Financial Services and most recently as a wealth strategist at Kanaly Trust Company. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Jim is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Chuck Breuch

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Chuck Breuch

Chuck Breuch

Sr. Wealth Advisor

Chuck began his career in the financial services industry in 1985. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, he held advisory and consulting roles in banking, finance, investments, and planning in Europe and then at Citicorp and Bank of America in San Francisco. During his tenure at Mercer Advisors, Chuck has moved with his wife and two sons to open and establish both the Chicago and Boulder branch offices. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in Finance and a minor in International Business and holds the FINRA Series 65 License.

Ben Rowse

Wealth Advisor

Ben Rowse

Ben Rowse

Wealth Advisor

Ben enjoys collaborating with clients to help them define their path to financial freedom. As a former advisor consultant at Oppenheimer Funds and Invesco, Ben worked closely with financial advisors to help them enhance their practices, while obtaining his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst certification. Given this experience, Ben decided he'd rather be the player than the coach and joined an RIA in Denver where he obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Ben graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Economics. Outside of work, you'll find Ben spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog in Arvada. You may also find him on the golf course, ski slope, or searching for the many hidden diners, drive-ins, and dives of Colorado.

Renée Pichette

Wealth Advisor

Renée Pichette

Renée Pichette

Wealth Advisor

Renée specializes in income, retirement, and tax planning, and has a passion for guiding young professionals in making foundational financial choices early. Prior to joining Mercer Advisors, she was an Associate Financial Planner at Confluence Financial Advisors, where she worked closely with the lead advisors and their clients. Renee graduated from the University of Oklahoma with Special Distinction holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ballet performance and a minor in mathematics. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and holds the FINRA Series 65 License. Renee is also actively involved in InvestHers and the Mercer 2030 - Sustainability. She lives in Lafayette, Colorado with her husband and enjoys hiking, spending time in the mountains, and traveling.

W. Thomas McNary

Wealth Advisor

W. Thomas McNary

W. Thomas McNary

Wealth Advisor

Tom began his financial services career in 2015 after graduating from the University of Colorado with a BA in History and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to working with Mercer Advisors, he launched the Young Professionals Program at Confluence Financial Advisors, aimed at providing comprehensive financial planning, tax planning and tax preparation to those in the early stages of their careers. At Mercer Advisors, Tom continues to serve early-career professionals as well as pre-retirees and retirees. He specializes in tax planning and stock option planning, and regularly gives talks on the how to utilize stock options to build wealth. Tom is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional.

Outside of work, you can find Tom spending time with his wife in Lafayette and exploring all that the mountains of Colorado have to offer on his snowboard.

Cameron Willcox

Associate Wealth Advisor

Cameron Willcox

Cameron Willcox

Associate Wealth Advisor

A native of Massachusetts, Cam worked for the Boston Red Sox for a few years after college and made the transition to finance in 2019. His start in the industry came as a retail banker, before joining E*TRADE as a financial consultant, providing 1 on 1 advice to clients. Cam's passion for financial planning has only grown in recent years, and he understands how a secure financial picture can allow people to enjoy the important things in life. Outside of work Cam plays pickup hockey and enjoys time outdoors with friends and family. Cam holds the Series 66 FINRA license, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.

Christopher S. Murphy

Associate Wealth Advisor

Christopher S. Murphy

Christopher S. Murphy

Associate Wealth Advisor

Chris began his career in the financial services industry in 2016 after graduating from Creighton University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and a specialty in Personal Financial Planning. Chris enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and all things sports. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner and holds the FINRA Series 65 License.

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Please Note: The achievement of any professional designation, certification, degree, or license should not be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results or satisfaction if Mercer Advisors is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services.