Steven C. Merrell CFP®, MBA, AIF®

Steven Merrell is a principal, CCO and  co-founder of Monterey Private Wealth, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.

Prior to establishing Monterey Private Wealth, Steve was the founder and chief investment officer of Willow Ridge Capital Advisors, recognized as one of the top 500 wealth managers in the nation by Wealth Manager Magazine

Before Willow Ridge, Steve was a senior portfolio manager at American Express where he managed institutional portfolios with assets totaling more than $10 billion. While leading American Express' fixed income efforts in the emerging markets, Steve met and planned with global government and business leaders, including the president of Hungary, the former prime minister of Russia, as well as finance ministers and central bankers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Kenya, Egypt, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Korea.  In 1999, Lipper Analytic recognized Steve’s primary fund, the AXP VP Bond Fund, as the top fund in its category for the decade of the 1990’s.

Steve graduated with a BA in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Brigham Young University.

Steve and his wife Jeanne have five children. They enjoy family activities, serving in their church, backpacking, cycling and scuba diving. Steve is based in Monterey, California and is active in Rotary.