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Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Branch Office

Through our branch’s experience and leadership, we welcome working with individuals, families, business owners, executives and institutions—in rising or turbulent markets—and we are well-positioned to help you address your wealth planning challenges and opportunities.

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Branch Office Profile


The branch’s financial advisors are committed to client service and satisfaction. Every relationship begins by helping clients identify their personal and professional goals, including those related to lifestyle and multi-generational issues. With that information, combined with the ability to draw on industry analysts and specialists, financial advisors have the tools to fully understand each client’s current financial situation and can collaborate with them on creating financial strategies designed to meet their long-term objectives.


Through our volunteerism and charitable outreach, the branch helps support the economic, social and cultural life of the communities in which we live and work. In virtually every Merrill location across the country, employees are involved in fundraising activities meant to benefit their many neighborhoods and causes. And as a local branch office, we feel it is important for us to “give back” and help maintain vibrant, healthy communities and non-profit organizations.

Client Commitment

As a Merrill client, you have access to the knowledge and experience of industry-skilled advisors who are supported by the investing insights of Merrill, a disciplined wealth planning platform, and the technological resources of a leading global financial services firm. Our advisors strive to fully understand your personal and business needs, and those of your family and future generations. We will put your interests first to help you pursue your financial and life goals.

Advisors at This Location

Our deeply committed advisors call upon Merrill’s tools and resources to help clients pursue personal and professional financial goals, as they also help them prepare for financial and lifestyle challenges that may lie ahead.


Wealth Management Group

Stephen (Steve) T. Sharkey,



Senior Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Jack D Horner

Senior Vice President

Senior Financial Advisor

Robert B Timmons,


Senior Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Howard Garrison Coley,



Senior Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Justin Moore,



Senior Vice President

Senior Financial Advisor

Sanders Cockman,



Senior Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Amy Neely

Assistant Vice President

Financial Advisor

Office Team

Diswa Malu| MLWM Market Executive| Director

Diswa Malu, the Market Executive (ME) for the Carolina Commonwealth Market, has been with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management since 2015. In partnership with the Office Management Team (OMT), he is responsible for the branch’s business goals, driving the day-to-day performance and managing the overall financials. The Market Executive assumes the responsibility for recruiting and managing the sales and support teams through mentoring, coaching and consulting, and promotes access to Bank of America banking specialists and Merrill investment specialists to help ensure that the branch’s and enterprise’s full capabilities can be accessible to every client.

Janet M. Conti| Client Relationship Manager| Vice President

Janet Conti is the Client Relationship Manager for the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Carolina Commonwealth Market in Greensboro, NC.  She joined Merrill in 1976 in Greensboro, NC, working in Operations as a Bookkeeper and Operations Supervisor.  Janet took on the role as Service Manager in 1997 and the Client Relationship Manager role in 2006.

Janet supports the Financial Advisors and their teams providing resources to help clients meet their financial goals.  She serves on the Bank of America Leadership Advisory Council and is a member of the Bank of America LEAD for Women, helping to promote diversity and opportunities for women in the professional workplace. 

Janet and her family resides in Greensboro.  She is active in the local community supporting her church and serving as a volunteer for the Greensboro Urban Ministry.

David Farrelly| Associate Client Relationship Manager| Senior Vice President

Deborah Mills| Market Supervision Manager

Deborah Mills is a Market Supervision Manager for the Carolina Commonwealth Market. The Market is comprised of nine offices across North Carolina and Southern Virginia. She held previous management roles in Louisville, Kentucky and Charleston, WV. Debbie joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in July 2006. Having previously worked with Wachovia Securities and Prudential Securities.

Debbie is a graduate of Barat College, with a degree in Management and Business. She is Executive Sponsor for HOLA Piedmont Triad Chapter and a Board member for Greensboro Urban Ministries. She is active with Habitat of Humanity, Read Aloud, The Alzheimer’s Association. She resides in Greensboro with her husband Kenyon and has two adult children.

Regina Edwards| Client Relationship Manager| Vice President

Zach Tinsley| Market Supervision Manager| Vice President

Zach Tinsley is a Market Supervision Manager with the Carolina Commonwealth Market where he supports the Asheville, Hendersonville, Hickory, Winston-Salem and High Point, NC offices.

Zach joined Merrill in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant with the Portland, ME office and joined the associate development program in 2016. He accepted the Boston MSM role in 2017 and spent the last five years building strong relationships and a strong understanding of his role. He visited Asheville, NC for the first time in 2022 and is looking forward to building onto his tenure in the Boston office.   

Zach graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish. Zach lives in Asheville, NC where he spends most of his free time hiking, mountain biking, camping, playing tennis, and exploring the city.

Stephen Cowan| Associate Market Supervision Manager| Assistant Vice President

Let’s Have a Conversation

Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, together we can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the advice you need to help you address fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

Careers 4

No matter where your career may currently be, if you have the mindset and motivation of a Merrill financial advisor, you should consider the opportunity to become one yourself.

Work Culture

Our culture is dedicated to providing continuing professional training, mentoring and technology for new and experienced advisors.

Rewarding Career

We help you support the financial aspects of a client’s life, focused on providing individually customized investment approaches and wealth management advice, products and services.

Access to Resources

Our size and scope offer access to a wide range of technology, intellectual capital and marketing resources designed to enhance client relationships and build your business.

Grow & Learn

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has been training financial advisors since 1946, offering advisors the critical skills and knowledge they need to assist individuals in pursuing their unique financial goals.

Learn more about careers at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management