Detroit Merrill Lynch Advisors Named in 'Top 1,200 Advisors'


BIRMINGHAM — Local Detroit Merill Lynch financial advisers have been recognized among Barron’s magazine‘s “Top 1,200 Advisors.”

They include:

Leo G. Stevenson of Grosse Ile is a senior resident director in the Wyandotte office.   He has production in excess of $4 million.  He has trained over 500 Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors throughout the United States on client acquisition and relationship management. He graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in finance.

Tom Pursel of Bingham Farms is co-founder of the Pursel, Bucher, Hamilton Group, a wealth management team based in Troy. As members of the private banking and investment group at Merrill Lynch, his team works closely with affluent families, professionals, and corporations that have needs and opportunities.

Pursel is responsible for defining and delineating client priorities, objectives, and risk thresholds. He has significant experience in investment management, and is a portfolio manager in Merrill Lynch’s Personal Investment Advisory Program. Together with the senior members of Pursel Bucher Hamilton, he contributes to the management of the team’s proprietary investment programs. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Michigan.

John Kulhavi of White Lake has been a Merrill Lynch financial adviser for more than 40 years.  For the past eight years, Barron’s magazine named him one of America’s Top Financial Advisers.  He is a graduate of Central Michigan University and former chairman of the board of trustees at CMU, where he currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the development board and chair of the events center committee.

Abe Post of Troy began his financial services career at Merrill Lynch, which he joined in 1992. He offers strategies to help individuals and families pursue their financial goals. In addition, he provides guidance to businesses on their company-sponsored retirement plans.

Post has considerable experience in this area and holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation. In 2013, he was named to the Barron’s list of the Top 1,000 Advisers in the United States. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a bachelor’s degree in finance, with an emphasis on market and investment analysis. 

Missy Spickler of Bloomfield Hills has more than three decades of accomplishments as a Merrill Lynch financial advisor.  She founded The Spickler Group in 1980, and has since turned it into a 10 person team serving both individual as well as institutional clients.  She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal law from Michigan State University, and also holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation.  She is a managing director of wealth management, is on the executive committee of Merrill’s National Women’s Exchange, serves as president of the Detroit area chapter of the Women’s Exchange, and has recently served three years on the National Advisery Council to Management.

Most recently, Spickler was recognized in Barron’s Top 1200 Advisers by State. In 2012 and 2013, she was named to their Top 100 Women Financial Advisers Nationwide.  In 2012 and 2013, she was recognized in Registered Rep. magazine as one of the Top 50 Women Advisers Nationwide.  For the past three years, Missy has been voted by Hour Magazine as a 5-Star Wealth Manager.