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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 Staten Island Merrill Lynch Office opened in March of 1977, located at the Greenwich shopping Center on Arthur Kill Road. There was a total of five Financial Consultants, one Producing Manager, two Administrative Assistants, and one in Operations. The Staten Island office at the time was a satellite office of the Brooklyn office. The Staten Island office continued to grow and in March of 1982 the office relocated to 2555 Richmond Avenue. With the closing of the Brooklyn office in October of 1988, Staten Island now reports to World Financial Center, today know as SD Financial Center office. With the Staten Island Office continuing to grow, in November of 1999, the office moved to its current location of 900 South Avenue.

The Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Staten Island Office offers you the experience that comes from being exposed over many years to many different financial situations a client may face. We use that knowledge to provide individualized attention, customized advice and guidance, and access to Merrill’s broad resources.

The Staten Island Office supports the community as volunteers and sponsors of local charities such as the March of Juvenile Diabetes, helping to rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy and delivering food to the neighborhood along with Green Belt support.


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.

Paul L Pristavec,


Senior Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Kurt A Schroder

Senior Vice President

Senior Financial Advisor

Joseph E. Torres,



Senior Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Paul D Schmidt

Senior Vice President

Senior Financial Advisor

Alan Friedman,



Financial Advisor

Robert P Ernesto

Assistant Vice President

Wealth Management Advisor

Nas Allan,



Financial Advisor

Office Team

Christopher Viggiano| Resident Director - Wealth Management Advisor| 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.

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