Merit Financial Advisors is a national wealth management firm with over $6.3 billion in assets that support advisors affiliated with independent broker-dealers, as well as those who are registered investment advisors.
Merit’s mission is focused on growth - both supporting clients in exceeding their financial goals and supporting advisors in evolving and expanding their businesses. Merit provides its advisors and offices with practice management resources, an industry-leading technology platform, superior operational support, and the investment expertise needed to drive growth and deliver a superior client experience.
Merit's vision is to build a growth-focused enterprise for our team that offers best-in-class investing and planning solutions for our clients now, and for generations to come.
Merit serves as a true partner for advisors. If you are looking to take your firm to the next level, Merit can help.
To learn more, schedule a confidential meeting with a member of our team.
About Our Founder
About Our President
Rick Kent discusses how Merit is helping to drive the growing interest among financial advisors to evolve their businesses, making the move to an independent business model, and a growing trend of consolidation among those firms. Watch the video to learn more.
Read the top 3 things Kay Lynn discusses how to make clients feel comfortable and at ease when going through an M&A event. Click here to read the three significant themes concerning the impacts M&A activity can have on clients.
The Merit team serves as a professional partner on your path to growth. Merit works with advisors equipping them with the tools and resources needed to build revenues, expand your practice and grow as a professional.
Our firm is led by seasoned advisors who have a deep understanding of the needs and goals of successful financial practitioners. Our team includes experienced professionals across disciplines, including in-house investment management and strategy, comprehensive financial planning and life transition support, wealth management insights, operations, and human resources support. Our partners have achieved exponential growth in their practices as they leverage our expertise, industry experience, and resources.
Merit fosters a relationship-based culture that is built on integrity and respect – among our colleagues, with clients, and within our community. Our mission is anchored by several key principles, including humility, flexibility, and objective and goals-based advice.
- Merit is committed to elevating and supporting diverse voices, experience, and expertise across the firm. As an example, over fifty-three percent of Merit’s staff is female and the firm has completed 4 acquisitions of female-founded firms since 2017.
- Merit upholds a team-based approach that facilitates leadership and collaboration across the group for the collective benefit of the team and our clients.
- Merit is focused on empowering growth and advancement among our advisors. We believe we are
At Merit, We Provide Full Service Support
We work with you and your team to make sure your transition is seamless. We take many carefully crafted steps to prepare, plan and execute the transition to make it as smooth as possible for you and your clients. Our process includes:
- Discovery: we take time to understand your staff and your culture
- Assessment: we review your book of client base and business practices
- Planning: we work with you to identify opportunities and challenges, as well as assign roles and responsibilities based on those.
- Implementation: we plan and execute complete support through client communication, consent, and repapering processes
- Go Live: we provide and oversee employee training, system conversion, and portfolio management implementation
What Our Partners Are Saying:
"My firm and I have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Merit. They helped us grow tremendously while at the same time obtaining their own exponential growth. Throughout these years I have always been able to talk to Rick Kent about issues when they arose. Additionally, the investment team has exceeded our expectations. Merit provides us with an exceptional leadership team and many more resources than when I originally joined them."
David Schlitt, Wealth Management Advisor
"Merit is always there for me and my team. They listen, they get things done and I know our relationship is important to them. Their team and their connections in the industry have been a true catalyst for our growth."
Kirk Wilkerson, Regional Director
Merit In The News
WealthManagement.com | 06/08/2022 | Top RIA's Discuss Pathways to Leadership and Growth
Merit president, Kay Lynn Mayhue, and other RIA leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities of running an advisory firm at the RIA EDGE conference.
Merit Financial Advisors | 06/01/2022 | Merit Adds Fourth Office in Georgia with Acquisition of Dasher & Padgett Financial Advisors, Inc.
The firm, which has an office in Albany, Georgia, expands Merit’s presence in the region with its fourth Georgia location. The acquisition increases Merit’s assets by $118 million.
Investment News | 05/09/2022 | Merit Financial Advisors’ Latest Deal Establishes Presence in Oklahoma
The acquisition of $370 million Union Financial Advisors, based in Tulsa, marks Merit's sixth deal since taking private equity capital two years ago.
CityWireUSA.com | 04/06/2022 | Merit Scores $380m Double Acquisition in Colorado
Merit has acquired Tedstrom Wealth Advisors and I.M. Wealth Care, both in the Denver metro area.
FA-Mag.com | 03/17/2022 | Kay Lynn Mayhue on Ways to Attract More Women to Your Practice
Merit President, Kay Lynn Mayhue, shares practical and profitable ways to attract more women to your financial advising practice.
WealthManagement.com | 03/04/2022 | Kay Lynn Mayhue on Plotting and Aggressive Growth Trajectory
Merit president, Kay Lynn Mayhue, discusses Merit's aggressive growth and the firm's multimillion-dollar investment in technology.
Investment News | 02/25/2022 | Rick Kent Gives 5 Essentials to Secure the Best Valuation for Your Firm
Merit Founder & CEO, Rick Kent, gives five essentials that every seller should institute to secure the best valuation of their firm
Investment News | 02/07/2022 | Merit has been named a Best Places to Work For Financial Advisors for the fifth year in a row
For the fifth consecutive year, Merit has been recognized by InvestmentsNews as one of the best places to work for financial advisors
Investment News | 01/13/2022 | Advisory Firms Managing $557 Million Merge Into Merit Financial
Merit has acquired Biltmore Capital Advisors and its affiliated form Stone Creek Capital Management, expanding its presence into New Jersey and South Florida.
RIA Edge | 01/12/2022 | Merit's Kay Lynn Mayhue on Building A National Wealth Management Firm
Merit president, Kay Lynn Mayhue, provides a look at the firm's recent acquisitions and future growth strategy.
City Wire USA | 01/10/2022 | Merit Pulls Off $2bn Double Deal as it Eyes Big 2022 Growth
Merit Financial Advisors completes merger with Biltmore Capital Advisors and Stone Creek Capital Management, enhancing presence in South Florida and New Jersey.
Advisor Perspectives | 01/04/2022 | Ten Tips to Make Your Business Resolutions a Reality
Rick Kent, CEO and Founder, offers insights into successfully making your new year's resolutions a reality.
Acquisition |12/16/2021 | Merit Financial Advisors Acquires Brian Fisher, an independent Texas-based advisor
Brian Fisher joins Merit as a wealth advisor and expands the firm’s footprint in Texas.