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The highest honor in the financial services industry is developing the opportunity to place the client’s perspective and needs above all else. Embracing this opportunity throughout my career has led to the development of The Daniels Group.

The Daniels Group is a dedicated financial advisory that delivers an elite level of wealth management and corporate services uniquely appropriate for executive and corporate clients. Driven by a select group of financial advisors, with over 150 years of combined experience in Executive Services and Officer and Director Transactions, our group diligently assists in crafting an actionable financial plan that outlines a clear path to achieving your personal or company’s desired financial goals.

As a group we collectively advise, administer and monitor a full range of integrated financial planning and wealth management strategies for Corporate Executives, High Net-Worth Individuals, Families, and Corporations.

Whether you require comprehensive solutions for personal Wealth Planning, Lending & Cash Management, Trust, Estate, & Legacy Planning, or Philanthropic Services we are uniquely equipped to address each pillar of your financial planning. Moreover, if you are seeking financial advisory services focusing on Corporate Planning, Stock Planning, Retirement Planning, or Wealth Management solutions The Daniels Group is specialized in building a bespoke framework that encompasses your company’s strategy, culture, and financial goals.
Services Include
  • Asset Management1
  • Corporate Bonds2
  • Endowments and Foundations3
  • Estate Planning Strategies4
  • Fixed Income5
  • Municipal Bonds6
  • Stock Option Plans7
  • Stock Purchase Plans
  • Wealth Management8
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The Power of Integrated Solutions

Morgan Stanley’s Wealth management Strategies and Powerful Integrated Solutions:

The Morgan Stanley wealth management process begins with you, your investment objectives and your financial goals.  Holistic in its approach, it may encompass all the elements of your financial life – your investments and your cash management needs – making sure they align with your goals and wealth management plan.

Chances are, of course, that the goals you set today will evolve over time.  Ongoing and adaptable, the Morgan Stanley wealth management process is designed to evolve with them- and with the changing circumstances of your life.  Leveraging a sophisticated suite of analytic tools, as well as the extensive resources of Morgan Stanley, we can help you take charge of your financial future and achieve your goals.

WM for Executives

As a successful corporate executive, you face unique challenges every day. None more apparent than how your personal wealth is linked inextricably to the fortunes of your company. One example of this might be how your current investment portfolio is heavily weighted with employer stock and stock options, which are subject to a wide set of rules that you may not fully understand.

Moreover, you probably commit all efforts to your work leaving little time to focus on securing your financial future. The Daniels Group at Morgan Stanley and its affiliates offer services expressly designed for executives like you.  We can help you manage a Concentrated Equity Position.

Selecting a financial advisor, specialized in this type of wealth management, is the first step in securing your financial future. With this step you open the door to extensive resources designed to deliver informed choices and manage your wealth more effectively. You’ll gain a greater understanding of the risks, as well as the rewards, of employee stock ownership and the need to integrate your corporate benefits into a Comprehensive Wealth Management Plan.

As with any undertaking, there must be a process - one that reflects both experience and a clear direction to achieving goals. Most importantly, it should be easily communicated. This is why we utilize the DCAA Process: Discover, Create, Act and Adjust.

Integrated Approach June 2018

We pursue an integrated approach to planning that includes family issues, wealth transfer, and business succession planning. Our team helps you maintain family unity across generations by focusing on family mission, governance, conflict management and family endowments by providing solutions to help ease administration burdens—from consolidating your financial reports to managing some of the most complex aspects of your life.

Our Team's priority is delivering a unique level of wealth management focused on your family’s interests over the long term. This allows our team to help you preserve and maximize what you will transfer to the next generation — your values as well as financial assets.

To accomplish our integrated approach our team focuses on 3 Core Principals:


Protect and Preserve Assets:
Recognize the difference between investment risk, lifestyle risk, and tax liability in order to protect family wealth over the long term. Identify and link disparate elements of wealth, family, estates and objectives with comprehensive strategies for investing, tax mitigation, and legal structures.

Invest Capital:
Build portfolios that address appreciation objectives and risk concerns while maintaining a high level of flexibility. Execute customized investment strategies that concurrently reflect client expectations and market risks and opportunities. .

Manage Financial Complexity:
Address all day-to-day needs and financial queries quickly and professionally. Conduct comprehensive reviews quarterly or as needed with customized reporting and analysis.

    Location

    2775 Sand Hill Road
    Suite 120
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    US
    Direct:
    (650) 926-7667(650) 926-7667
    Toll Free:
    (800) 585-7109(800) 585-7109

    Meet The Daniels Group

    About Me

    Morgan Stanley serves many of the world’s most sophisticated investors, while also delivering one of the nation’s leading service offerings of personal wealth management and corporate services.

    As a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and your Financial Advisor, I leverage over 32 years of experience, which I have dedicated to individuals, families and corporate executives. Taking the time to understand your unique wealth perspective(s) I work with you to develop and administer a strategy to preserve and grow your wealth.

    Through diligent selection of comprehensive solutions for Wealth Planning, Lending & Cash Management, Trust, Estate, & Legacy Planning, and Philanthropic Services I will assist you in crafting an actionable financial plan that outlines a clear path to achieving your financial goals.
         
    The Daniels Group:

    The highest honor in the financial services industry is developing the opportunity to place the client’s perspective and needs above all else.  Embracing this opportunity throughout my career has led to the development The Daniels Group.

    The Daniels Groups is a dedicated advisory group who delivers an elite level of wealth management and corporate services uniquely appropriate and actionable for executive and corporate clients
     
    Driven by unique client financial planning requirements, I have strategically selected an elite group of advisors with over 150 years of combined experience in Executive Services and Officer and Director Transactions. As a group, we collectively advise, administer and monitor a full range of integrated financial planning and wealth management strategies for Corporate Executives, High Net-Worth Individuals, Families, and Corporations.

     Whether clients require advisory services on Corporate Planning, Stock Planning, Retirement Planning, or Wealth Management solutions The Daniels Group provides exceptional customer service to employees, employers and clients around the globe.
    Securities Agent: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
    NMLS#: 1262136

    About Me

    With more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Catherine is dedicated to helping clients understand and manage complex wealth. By taking the time to understand each client’s unique financial situation and personal aspirations, she assists clients in creating integrated wealth management strategies that are tailored to their goals. Many of her clients are corporate executives seeking to diversify equity compensation in the context of their full financial picture. As an International Client Advisor, Catherine is also well-versed in foreign exchange transactions and financial and estate planning strategies for international clients. She strives to earn her clients’ trust and confidence by delivering education, a high level of personalized service and transparent communication.

    Catherine began her career as a Senior Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley in 1991. Prior to re-joining Morgan Stanley in 2010, Catherine served in two positions as Vice President of Equity Research, first at Josephthal, Lyon and Ross and then at The Buckingham Research Group. These experiences contributed to her deep understanding of market movements and their impact on investment management in different economic environments. 

    Born in New York, Catherine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University, where she is a member of the Alumni Association. She currently resides in Redwood City with her three children and their English Bulldog. She has served on the board of the Burlingame Mother’s Club, United Methodist Church Nursery School and Ladera Community Association. In her spare time, she is actively involved in her kids’ school and sports activities.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MD, MN, MT, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
    NMLS#: 1265106

    About Me

    I started at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park, CA in 2012. My primary focus is working with executives and employees in Silicon Valley who have a significant portion of their liquid net worth in their employer’s equity compensation plan. We help create customized solutions for corporate executives to address:

    Pre-IPO planning
    Concentrated Stock Risk
    10b5-1 Preset Diversification Plans
    Illiquidity 
    Review Liabilities 
    Estate Planning Strategies

    Our goal is to help clients prepare for liquidity events, such as IPOs, acquisitions, etc. We coordinate with both estate planning attorneys and tax advisors to help ensure my clients are properly prepared. Once liquidity is available, we assist clients with implementing an investment strategy that aligns with their financial goals/objectives. 

    We service over 50 corporate stock plans in our office.

    I received an MBA from San Jose State and played Division I baseball at South Dakota State. I enjoy watching and going to sporting events, fishing, and working on cars in my free time.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IL, KS, MA, MI, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1393565
    CA Insurance License #: 0I22661

    About Me

    As a financial professional in the industry with 15 years of experience, Kathy provides customized solutions and wealth management services to financially successful individuals and families, corporate executives and stock plan participants living in the Bay area and across the country. Her goal is to work closely with each client to tailor strategies that help optimize their equity compensation benefits through goal-based investment and tax-efficient management.

    After earning my Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from McGill University in Montreal, Kathy worked as a tax accountant in both the public and private sectors. It is here where she discovered her true calling for wanting to advise clients beyond their tax and accounting needs. This led her to join Morgan Stanley in 2000, where she could focus solely on financial planning and portfolio management.

    Throughout her career, Kathy has been committed to continuing education, so she may remain on the forefront of the latest and most effective wealth management strategies. She obtained her Chartered Professional Account of Canada (CPA, CGA – non-practicing at Morgan Stanley) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA – non-practicing at Morgan Stanley) designations before becoming a Financial Advisor. She earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2004 and achieved the Financial Planning Specialist designation from Morgan Stanley. She currently holds her FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses and her life insurance license.

    Kathy takes pride in her ability to put advanced concepts into action. Her ultimate goal is to guide her clients on the growth and preservation of their assets, while providing for current cash flow needs. Her approach is focused on articulating each client’s goals and aspirations. This information then serves as the foundation for the development of a custom strategy that can be adapted to respond to life changes and market activity.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, GA, IL, MA, NV, NY, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1272836
    CA Insurance License #: 0F22217

    About Me

    We see the American dream in action every day. Based in Menlo Park, ground zero of the new economy, we serve an impressive group of hard-working, high-achieving people. All of our clients are creating great opportunities for themselves and their families, and some have achieved considerable financial success. They have reached a point where they need help making informed decisions about the complex financial issues in their lives, and putting those decisions into action.

    That’s where we come in. Combining our experience with the global capabilities of Morgan Stanley, we supply the insight, information and resources needed to help you and your family address your challenges and work toward your goals. We listen closely, put your interests first and work hard to provide you with thoughtful advice and an outstanding service experience. We will always be respectful of the fact that it’s your money and your future. We are here to provide the help and guidance needed to live the life you want to lead.

    If you would like to learn more about why clients choose to work with us, client referrals are available upon request. They can speak about our dedication to making “their lives easier-“, our sound guidance on what to invest in and what to avoid, and our overall commitment to their success.
    Securities Agent: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, WA, WI, WY; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1290550

    About Me

    Solaria Perez-Stepanov is based out of Menlo Park, California. She works with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and high net worth families in developing and implementing a cohesive wealth management strategy.

    Solaria works with companies by coordinating cash management, 401(k), and stock plan services.

    Solaria has a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OR, TX, VA, WA; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1264981

    About Me

    As a native of Indiana, I developed a great appreciation of Midwestern values and hard work. In 2006, I moved to California and started my career in the financial services industry as a Client Service Associate at Smith Barney. Shortly thereafter, my passion for becoming a financial advisor began in September 2008 – amongst the collapse of markets and financial security created by the Great Recession.

    Throughout this period of extreme market volatility I learned to appreciate the value of proactive investment solutions based on sound diversification strategies and quickly adjusting to market trends. Guided by the values I learned growing up and with a diligent focus on protecting my clients’ hard earned wealth, I carefully advised each client through the difficult financial and emotional roller coaster they personally experienced.

    Whether a client is looking for advice on 10b5-1 trading plans, executive compensation, stock plan options, investment style allocation, or selection and evaluation of investment opportunities I always begin with a focused dialogue to learn what each individual client values.

    By listening first and then engaging with clients, I am able to discover whether a client’s focus is on their current asset allocation, determine the appropriate asset location and/or tax efficient strategy, and reevaluating financial positions if appropriate. It is always my aim to establish a habit of exchanging perspectives as well as knowledge and be the first person that my clients contact and count on for all of their financial planning endeavors
    Securities Agent: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1297786
    CA Insurance License #: 0I22504

    About Me

    My team and I actively serve numerous, successful Silicon Valley companies with regards to managing global employee stock plan services, corporate cash management, and setting up 10b5-1 stock trading plans for corporate officers and insiders, as well as assisting the top executives of those companies and other high net worth individuals with asset management, implementing option strategies for concentrated positions, identifying estate planning strategies for their families and philanthropic goals.

    Located on Sand Hill Road, we work closely with leading venture capital firms in the venture distribution process, in pre-IPO planning for their portfolio companies and key employees, and to help ensure they receive the right IPO underwriting consultation and evaluation. With both Morgan Stanley Blue chip and Pacesetter accolades, I am delighted to have received recognition for outstanding work each consecutive year since joining the company. (2004-2016)
    Securities Agent: CA, CO, FL, GA, MA, MN, NH, NV, NY, OR, TX, WA; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1406560

    About Me

    Robert “Bobby” McKee IV is a Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Financial Planning Specialist with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. As a 17-year veteran of the financial industry, he has developed a financial planning strategy specifically focused for clients serious about protecting and building their wealth.

    Through extensive discussions, Bobby commits time to learning his clients’ needs, concerns, and goals allowing him to strategically prioritize each into a comprehensive financial plan. Moreover, by cultivating long-term relationships with clients Bobby earns a trusted position as his clients’ life-long financial planning specialist and wealth management strategist.

    Whether you are interested in revisiting your current financial plan, crafting a new wealth management strategy or exploring what a comprehensive financial plan means for you, Bobby is ready to take that next-step with you.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, FL, HI, IA, LA, MA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OR, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI; Investment Advisor Representative; General Securities Representative; Managed Futures
    NMLS#: 1282361
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