Welcome to Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and Team 566.  With offices in downtown San Francisco and Menlo Park, our team manages investments for a select group of entrepreneurs, executives, and investors who have created exceptional wealth by taking risks and building businesses.  Our mission is simple:  Preserve and conservatively grow our clients' wealth over the long term.  We have over 100 years of combined experience1 and have helped guide our clients through over 60 corporate liquidity events.  We combine this important experience with Morgan Stanley’s vast global resources, sophisticated risk management strategies, and advanced open-architecture platform to construct portfolios customized to fit each client’s unique circumstances. With five partners and over $8 billion under management2, we are consistently recognized as one of the largest and most successful wealth management teams world-wide3.

1 Additional detail on industry experience can be found on each team member’s biography page.  

2 As of 5/12/2017.

3 A list of individual awards can be found on individual advisor bios.
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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


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.


555 California Street
14th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 576-2004(415) 576-2004

Meet Team 566

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Elizabeth Petit

Portfolio Management Associate

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Jennifer Melnyk

Group Director

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Ami Russell

Wealth Management Associate

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Emily Andrew

Wealth Management Associate

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Nick Cahill

Registered Associate

About Me

Rich joined the Firm’s Private Wealth Management Division in 1990, after nine years at Merrill Lynch, where he began his career as a financial advisor in the individual investor group.

Rich manages over $1Bn in client assets, as of 12/31/2013, with a focus on global and domestic equities. His success has been recognized in Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors List annually since its inception in 2005. Rich was ranked #34 in Barron’s Magazine 2017 Top California Financial Advisors and #119 in Forbes Magazine 2016 Top Wealth Managers Nationally.

He is an avid golfer. He is a former San Francisco City Amateur Champion and recently participated in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament for the fourth time.

Rich received his BS degree in Finance from the University of Oregon in 1981. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Charles H. Lundquist College of Business at the University.

Rich resides in Menlo Park, CA and is the father of two children.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, HI, IL, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
NMLS#: 1282857

About Me

Tim began his career with the Firm in 1988. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was a financial advisor in Bank of America’s Private Banking Group.

Tim works with our clients who share common issues as it pertains to concentrated equity positions, namely corporate founders/executives and venture capital partners.  In addition, Tim oversees the alternative investment component of client allocations.  Specifically, Tim evaluates exposures to hedge funds, private equity and venture capital commitments, real assets, and various Morgan Stanley co-investment opportunities.  Tim was ranked #36 in Barron’s Magazine 2017 Top California Financial Advisors and among Forbes Magazine Top 1200 Advisors Nationally (#172) in 2016. 

Tim serves as honorary board member for Larkin Street Youth Services, a non-profit organization addressing the needs of at-risk youth in San Francisco.

Tim earned his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 1987 and received a BA degree in Business Economics from University of California Los Angeles in 1983.

Tim resides in Mill Valley, CA with his wife and has two grown children.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
NMLS#: 1274615

About Me

Steve joined Morgan Stanley in 1993. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked for First Winthrop, a Boston based real estate investment bank specializing in buying assets from the Resolution Trust Corporation.

Steve works with entrepreneurs and private companies to manage issues surrounding initial public offerings or merger transactions. He formulates pre-liquidity strategies that may encompass tax and estate planning as well as diversification strategies through 10b5-1 plans and hedging transactions. He also oversees the asset allocation process for clients.  Steve owns and operates a ranch in Eastern Oregon, bringing commodity, agricultural, and alternative energy expertise to the team.  Steve was ranked #47 in Barron’s Magazine 2011 Top California Financial Advisors.

Steve is a Trustee of the Bay Area Discovery Museum.  He serves on the board of the Olympic Club Foundation and cochairman of Town School Annual Fund.

Steve is a graduate of Oregon State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986.

Steve resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife and four children.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
NMLS#: 1274665

About Me

Bill joined Morgan Stanley in 1994. From 1986-1990, he served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer, based primarily at Ft. Lewis, WA. From 1990-1994, he worked for Amdahl Corporation, a mainframe computer manufacturer based in Sunnyvale, California.

Bill manages our team’s domestic and international fixed income exposure. He also focuses on currencies, commodities, and alternative energy. Bill was ranked #39 in Barron’s Magazine 2013 Top California Financial Advisors.

Bill enjoys the outdoors and has pursued a variety of activities in this area including golf, skiing, and triathlons where he has completed three Ironman distance events. He is active with Take Stock in Children, a group focused on providing higher educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged children in his home state of Florida.

Bill did his undergraduate work at Harvard University, graduating with a BA in Economics in 1986. He was an ROTC scholarship student and played varsity football.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
NMLS#: 1279310

About Me

Mike joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 after 4 years as an advisor with Merrill Lynch.  Prior to starting his career in financial services, he worked in management and sales roles for Pitney Bowes/Imagistics International. In 2002 he served as an intern for a US Senator in Washington D.C., and after college, he worked on local, state and national political campaigns in North Carolina, Washington D.C., Colorado, Nevada and California.

Mike works to identify emerging private companies with unique and disruptive technologies, products, and services.  He focuses primarily on software, internet, mobile, and clean technology companies.  He assists company CFOs with strategic initiatives surrounding pre-liquidity planning solutions for private financings, initial public offerings or merger transactions.

Mike serves on the nominating committee for the SF Business Times and Larkin Street CFO of the Year Awards. He is also active with Friends of Larkin Street in San Francisco.
Mike is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he obtained a BA in Political Science in 2002.
Mike resides in San Mateo, CA with his wife and son.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
NMLS#: 1279152

About Me

Scot Meyer joined Morgan Stanley in 2012 and serves as an analyst. In this role, Scot assists in driving the team's3business development3efforts by identifying emerging companies with unique and disruptive technologies. He works with executives and early employees in executing on the initial stages of pre-liquidity planning, employee stock-option strategy, and financial modeling He is also responsible for guiding clients through the process of authoring and implementing 10B5-1 plans.

Scot graduated with a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University. While attending Duke, Scot was elected as a captain for the Varsity Men's Lacrosse Team, winning an NCAA National Championship in 2010. He remains active in the lacrosse community through coaching3with various Bay Area youth organizations.

In his spare time, Scot serves as an Associate Board Member for The League to Save Lake Tahoe ("Keep Tahoe Blue"), has been a3nominating committee member for the Larkin Street CFO of the Year Awards since 2015, and participates as a member of Duke's Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee. Scot resides in San Francisco, CA and enjoys spending time skiing, hiking, and relaxing3in the Lake Tahoe area.

About Me

BA, Cum Laude, Claremont McKenna College,32013
Master's in Finance, Claremont McKenna3College, 2013
TM Financial Forensics, 2013-2015
Joined Morgan Stanley in 2015
Focus: Client services

About Me

BA, University of California, Davis, 1993
BT Alex Brown, 1994-1996
Barclays Global Investors, 1997-2000
Joined Morgan Stanley in 2000
Focus: Client services, fixed income management operations

About Me

BS, San Jose State University, 2004
Joined Morgan Stanley in 2004
Focus:3 Client services, equity management operations

About Me

BS, Santa Clara University, 2006
Joined Morgan Stanley in 2006
Focus: Client services

About Me

BS, California State University San Marcos,32012
Joined Morgan Stanley in 2013
Focus: Client services
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