Welcome

We understand that great wealth can create complexity. Investment strategies become more sophisticated, estate planning and succession issues can loom large, and even philanthropic efforts can complicate your life. Our role is to provide access to the skills and resources required to help you meet the myriad of challenges which come with managing wealth, allowing our clients to enjoy the benefits wealth affords.

We are seasoned financial professionals with diverse talents and a common mission: we strive to meet your needs and exceed expectations, providing access to an extraordinary and comprehensive range of skills and resources required to help you preserve your wealth, advance your goals and enhance your life. Whatever your challenges and aspirations, we are committed to helping you meet your needs.
Capabilities
  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Investment Management
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Philanthropy Management
  • Hedging Strategies
  • Corporate Stock Plans
  • 10b5-(1) Programs
  • Manager Selection
  • Proprietary Investment Opportunities
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • Consolidated Reporting
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About PWM

Founded in 1977, Private Wealth Management is the division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management that is dedicated to serving the firm’s most affluent clients, including some of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and stewards of multigenerational wealth. Functioning as an exclusive investment boutique within a global financial firm, we deliver sophisticated solutions that leverage the intellectual capital and insight of Morgan Stanley’s substantial global resources. Drawing on a deep understanding of your financial life, our goal is to help you:
  • Manage investments with an unwavering focus on your financial strategy and personal goals
  • Create comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plans based on your needs, challenges and the values that guide your life and legacy
  • Simplify financial complexity to help you achieve clarity and control
Private Wealth Management Highlights
  • Approximately 250 teams1  specialized in assisting individuals and families with $20MM+ in investable assets
  • Over $330 billion in AUM2
  • Comprising 26% of the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list for 20173
  • Direct access to ultra high net worth experts in philanthropy, family dynamics, wealth transfer, lifestyle advisory and other areas of interest to ultra high net worth families
1 Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, December 31, 2017
2 Morgan Stanley Internal Compensable Revenue Report, December 31, 2017
3 Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors, April 2017

Approach

Discovery Process
Investing the time to learn about you and your family; your assets and liabilities and the risk exposures, enables us to formulate strategies and customize the relationship to your needs.
Formulation of Tax, Trust and Estate Strategy
Working with your tax and legal advisors, we help analyze your income and estate tax circumstances to identify and tailor planning techniques that may be used to address your objectives.
Creation of Customized Strategic Asset Allocation
Your customized asset allocation reflects risk, opportunities and taxation across multiple entities, while integrating your investing and estate plans.
Integration of Tactical Asset Allocation
Short-term adjustments seek to capitalize on temporary market distortions. Before making adjustments, we analyze the impact of taxes and trading costs on potential returns.
Implementation of a Customized Wealth Strategy
After comprehensive due diligence and analysis of expected results across multiple market scenarios, strategies are chosen from our expansive investment platform.
Ongoing Assessment
In coordination with your other advisors, we can conduct ongoing reviews and comprehensive reporting to ensure that your strategy adapts to changing financial and family needs.
  • Top 250 Wealth Advisors by Forbes - 2018
    Dean Braun-was recognized as one of America's Top 250 Wealth Advisors by Forbes - September 2018
  • Top 100 Wealth Advisors by Barrons - 2018
    Dean Braun-was recognized as one of America's Top 250 Wealth Advisors by Forbes - September 2018
  • Nations Top 400 Financial Advisors by Financial Times
    Dean Braun and Bob Nelson -rated among the Nation’s Top 400 Financial Advisors by Financial Times –April 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Location

601 Union Street
Suite 5200
Seattle, WA 98101
US
Direct:
(206) 343-2922(206) 343-2922

Meet the Professionals

About Me

With over 30 years of experience in managing assets for wealthy and ultra-wealthy individuals, Dean is regarded as one of the industry’s top wealth management professionals. In 2018, he was recognized by Forbes (as one of America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors) and Barron’s (America’s Top 250 Financial Advisors) as one of the top professionals in his field. He has also been ranked by Worth/Robb Report as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors from 2005-2010****, as one of the Top 1,000 Financial Advisors by Barron’s magazine from 2009-2017*, Washington CEO Magazine as one of Washington's Top 25 Financial Advisors in 2006 **and by Seattle Magazine as a 2012-2017 FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Managers***. The Financial Times has also recognized Dean by naming him to their elite list of Top 400 Financial Advisors*** from 2015-2018.

Dean is a 2018 member of Morgan Stanley's Chairman’s Club, a distinction awarded to the firm’s top Financial Advisors. He holds the title of Managing Director - awarded to a select group of Morgan Stanley’s premier wealth management advisors. He received his undergraduate degree in Business at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dean began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in Seattle and has been employed by Morgan Stanley and its predecessor Smith Barney since 1989.

Dean has been active in guild activity and fundraising for Children's Hospital in Seattle, one of the nation's top children's uncompensated care hospitals. He resides with his family in Medina, WA. Dean is an active soccer dad and avid tennis player.

Securities Agent: AK, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, LA, MA, MT, NC, NV, NY, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures

NMLS#: 1297927
Securities Agent: WA, TX, WY, VA, UT, PA, OR, NY, NV, NM, MT, MN, MA, LA, KS, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, CO, CA, AZ, AR, AK; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1297927

About Me

Bob’s wealth management career began in 1982 at Drexel Burnham Lambert in Seattle. Bob was promoted to Branch Manager at Drexel Burnham Lambert and then employed as Senior Vice President at Prudential Securities in Seattle. Bob Joined Morgan Stanley’s predecessor firm Smith Barney in 1993. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington and received his Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1973.

Bob has achieved the title of Managing Director – awarded to a select group of Morgan Stanley’s wealth management advisors. The 2017 Barron’s in the top 1200 of US advisors and one of the top advisors in Washington*. 
 
Bob is active in supporting local charities. He is a past board member of FareStart, which transforms lives by providing job and life skills for the homeless. Bob and his wife, Claudia, reside in Bellevue, WA and Palm Desert, CA. His family includes two boys and five granddaughters. Bob’s passions include golf, wine, travel, local arts and piloting his fleet of remote control airplanes.

Securities Agent: AK, AZ, CA, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, LA, MT, NC, NV, NY, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures

NMLS#: 1265258
Securities Agent: WA, WY, VA, UT, TX, SC, PA, OR, NY, NV, NM, MT, MN, MI, LA, KS, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, CA, AZ, AK; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1265258

About Me

Lowry has provided wealth management advice to families for over 25 years and holds the    CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. He began his career in the financial services industry in 1992 with Paine Webber, joining Morgan Stanley in 1999 as a Senior Vice President.

Lowry has been recognized as a top advisor by multiple publications, including 2005 Research Magazine The Winner’s Circle, The Top-Ranked Advisor Teams in America by RJ Shook *, named to 2010-2011 NABCAP’s Regional & National Premier Advisor’s Lists**, and nominated by Seattle Magazine “2012 FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Managers”***.

Before entering the financial services industry, Lowry was a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Seattle.  
 
Lowry received his undergraduate degree in Business & Accounting from the University of Washington. He has been active in the Big Brothers of King County for many years. He is a lifelong Husky football and basketball fan and enjoys traveling. He resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.
Securities Agent: WA, TX, WY, VT, VA, TN, RI, OR, OK, NY, NJ, NC, MT, MA, LA, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AK; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1282467

About Me

Dana began her career at Morgan Stanley in 2005 and is responsible for structuring customized financial planning strategies to help our clients meet their financial objectives and life goals. She plays an active role in quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.

Dana earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance with a Certified Financial Planning Option and a Minor in Accounting from the University of Idaho. She also holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation. An outstanding college athlete, Dana maintains her lifelong passion for soccer and is an avid snowboarder.

Securities Agent: AK, AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, KS, LA, MA, MT, NC, NV, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WY; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures

NMLS#: 1268439
Securities Agent: WA, WY, VA, UT, TX, TN, SC, PA, OR, NY, NV, NM, NC, MT, MN, MA, LA, KS, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, DC, CO, CA, AZ, AK; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1268439

About Me

Lyria joined us as a Wealth Management Associate in 2017She is involved in the and execution and administration of client 10b5-1 plans and leads educational programs for our practice's next generation investors and Impact Investing. In 2007, Lyria graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College, receiving her BA in Studio and Hispanic Studies

Lyria is a competitive trail runner. On weekends, she is often found running the terrain of the North Cascades with her running team or exploring the many wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

About Me

Jan began his career at Morgan Stanley in 2004, initially with an institutional team serving foundations and endowments He joined our team in 2007 and his responsibilities include investment product research, portfolio construction analysis, performance reporting, and cash flow modeling

Jan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Washington 2005. He and his wife live in Issaquah, WA with their dog, LuLu, and they enjoy hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

About Me

Ram joined Morgan Stanley in 2015. His responsibilities include qualitative and quantitative investment product research and portfolio analytics. He received his MS in Risk and Finance from the London School of Economics and his BS in Economics from the University of Washington. Ram also completed graduate level coursework in Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington.

Ram resides in Seattle and he enjoys Husky sports, travelling and is an avid tennis player

About Me

Tim joined the team at Morgan Stanley in 2012. His responsibilities include marketing, online services, operations and account administration. Tim graduated Cum Laude from California State University Long Beach in 2010, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Seattle University.

Tim is an avid basketball fan and patiently awaits the return of the Supersonics.

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About Me

Katherine joined the team at Morgan Stanley in 2016 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Major in Finance and Minors in Philosophy and Economics. Her responsibilities on the team include portfolio analytics and financial planning and retirement planning.

Katherine enjoys working out, reading, traveling, and trying new foods to pair with Sriracha. Originally from Orange County, California, Katherine now resides in Seattle.

About Me

Sandra Bartlett joined the team in 2012 as a Registered Associate. Her career began in 1996 with Dain Bosworth. Sandra is an experienced client support liaison involved in many administrative duties ranging from new accounts, funds disbursement (checks, wires, etc.), account transfers, gifting and other day to day client service operations.

Sandra and her husband live in Lake Stevens, WAShe enjoys gardening and is an excellent cook.

About Me

Michael joined Morgan Stanley in 2010. Michael's responsibilities include generating wealth planning data, investment results reporting and qualitative and quantitative investment product research. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Washington.

He's a loyal supporter of UW Husky Athletics and is an enthusiastic follower of the Seattle music scene.

About Me

Gretchen has been a member of our team since 1997 and is our primary client support liaison, handling administrative duties ranging from new accounts, funds disbursement (checks, wires, etc.), account transfers, gifting and other functions. She is also responsible for online services and administrative support for family offices. Gretchen graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Gretchen, her husband and son reside in Seattle with their English bulldog, Manny.
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