Merrill Financial Advisors Earn Top Women Advisor Honors from Barron’s, Forbes

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Melissa Spickler
Melissa Spickler

Merrill financial advisors Melissa Spickler, Marie Vanerian, and Nicole Christians have been named on both the Forbes and Barron’s Top Women Wealth Advisor lists.

Spickler joined Merrill in 1980. Today, she helps motivate, advise, and guide women in transition, executives, closely held businesses, retirees, and entrepreneurs as they pursue their financial goals. She has the designation of chartered retirement planning counselor and is a portfolio manager. Spickler graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal law.

Vanerian, who is based at Merrill in Troy, began her career with the company in 1977. She provides access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help address aspects of clients’ financial lives. She has the designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2002, Christians joined Merrill, where she is a founding member of Merrill Lynch’s Advisor Growth Network and sits on its client experience and social media expansion committees. The network consists of a group of 25 Merrill Lynch financial advisors from across the country that serve as key consultants to the firm’s senior management. Christians is a certified financial planner and works with high-net-worth clients.

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