Our Story

Wealth Management has never been more complicated – there are more investment choices than ever, more events and life stages to plan for, more complexity from taxes, estate planning, family dynamics and many other questions. But for most people, the questions are more basic – will I make it through the retirement I envision? Can I send the coming generations to college? How do I make an impact on an organization I believe in? These people care about what they can DO with their money, how it can serve their life goals and ambitions – they have neither the time nor the desire to deal with the byzantine world of investments, financial planning and daily wealth management.

At the Easton Group at Morgan Stanley, these are the people we serve. Using sophisticated analytics, macroeconomic trend analysis and forecasting, a comprehensive planning process and the thought leadership of Morgan Stanley, our highly credentialed team provides sophisticated wealth management customized to each client’s specific goals. Many of our clients prefer that we manage all this “behind the scenes,” helping simplify their financial lives giving the potential opportunity to spend their time on the things that are important to them. We think of our clients like a family, and cultivate personal working relationships that are honest, proactive and deeply engaged. With a large and multi-skilled wealth management team and nearly $1 billion in assets under management, the Easton Group provides the kind of sophistication and service that our clients expect.
Services Include
  • Financial Planning1
  • Professional Portfolio Management2
  • Retirement Planning3
  • Planning for Education Funding4
  • Asset Management5
  • Estate Planning Strategies6
  • Wealth Consulting
  • Wealth Management7
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Sophisticated wealth management

At the Easton Group at Morgan Stanley, we leverage sophisticated thinking and innovative tactics to help our clients reach their goals. Some examples:
  • The Morgan Stanley Global Investment Committee (GIC)
    The GIC includes some of the most respected investment professionals in the world. They monitor the worldwide economy, prevailing market conditions and emerging trends. They conduct and evaluate in-depth research. They recommend investment tactics, portfolio allocations and positions. That’s a wealth of intellectual capital working for you.
  • Macroeconomic analysis and trending
    No investment happens in a vacuum. We study and analyze the U.S. and global economies, providing context for today … and a perspective on the future.
  • A different approach to retirement
    One often hears the phrase “planning for retirement.” But retirement is not a single event – it might extend several decades. Our retirement plans are divided into three stages: Early Stages, Mid-Retirement, Later Stages. Each reflects how your needs may evolve, so you are positioned to live the retirement you want.
  • A proven planning process
    Our process at the Easton Group is the result of many years of experience. Nothing is more important that the first step, which we call “Discovery.” We take the time to get to know you – your goals, your passions, your family, your feelings about risk, how and when you’d like to be contacted. We will help identify and articulate your goals, which is essential to crafting your plan.

Focus on your life while we manage your wealth

Our clients lead busy, fulfilling lives. They look to us to provide sophisticated wealth management, as well as to simplify their financial decision making. We have structured our practice to serve both goals. For example:
  • Identify blind spots
    Like a balance sheet has both assets and liabilities, a well-designed financial plan describes how to both PURSUE your goals, and protect against anything that might PREVENT you from reaching them. For example, a serious health issue, the loss of a spouse or a long-term market correction. We refer to these “Blind Spots,” and build contingencies against them into your plan.
  • Create financial checkpoints
    Your financial plan is not a static document – it evolves as circumstances dictate. That’s why we create “financial checkpoints” – specific sign posts with action items built into the plan.
  • Provide comprehensive recommendations
    Every decision involving money affects the next one, and the one after that. That’s why clients seek our counsel for every financial decision. We can both provide thoughtful and ensure that each decision adheres to your overall strategy.
  • Commitment to client education
    Our clients count on us to simplify their wealth management … but they don’t want a “black box” – they want to fully understand the strategy and tactics. This kind of collaborative approach builds and sustains a close, long-term relationship, and we are committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise with you (and your family).

Location

28601 Marlboro Ave
Ste 201
Easton, MD 21601
US
Direct:
(410) 822-3400(410) 822-3400
Toll-Free:
(800) 634-0070(800) 634-0070

Meet The Easton Group

About Me

Since 1967, Tom Hill has worked with clients to help them define and achieve their financial goals. When he founded the Hill Group, his vision was to offer clients a deep and highly credentialed team of multi-skilled professionals who share his dedication to quality, excellent service and integrity.

Tom has provided a steady hand and thoughtful advice through numerous market cycles and economic conditions. He feels privileged to have built many long-term, multi-generational relationships that affirm his commitment to making a difference for his clients. Among his professional recognitions, Tom was named one of Barron’s Top Financial Advisors five times, and in 2017, he was the only advisor in the area selected by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors. Tom was also one of just 30 Financial Advisors nationwide featured in the inaugural edition of R.J. Shook’s “The Winners’ Circle.”1

Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond.

A leading citizen in our community for many years, Tom was honored by the Comptroller of Maryland with the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award in 2012. He was also recognized with the Morgan Stanley Community Leadership Award in 2011. Among many community service initiatives, Tom led a $5 million capital campaign for the Talbot County YMCA. He is grateful for his affiliations with the Talbot County United Fund, Character Counts, Habitat for Humanity and many other causes.  He and his wife Cathy live in Easton and enjoy spending time with their grown children Brad and Jennifer, and their families.
Securities Agent: MD, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VA, UT, TX, TN, SD, SC, RI, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NM, NJ, NH, NC, MT, MO, MN, MI, ME, MA, LA, KY, IL, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL; General Securities Representative; BM/Supervisor; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1272978

About Me

Securities Agent: MD, FL, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VA, TX, TN, SC, RI, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NM, NJ, NH, NC, MT, MO, MN, MI, ME, MA, LA, KY, IN, IL, ID, HI, GA, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1435730

About Me

Brad is a partner in the Hill Group, creating customized wealth management strategies for clients with a particular emphasis on alternative investments and portfolio management. Brad provides sophisticated wealth management for our clients while helping to simplify their increasingly complex financial lives

Brad has been working with clients to reach their goals since 1996, all with Morgan Stanley. Previously, he was a CPA for a major accounting firm, where he came to appreciate the importance of both sides of each client’s personal balance sheet. He joined his father to form the Hill Group in 1997.

Brad graduated cum laude with a B.S in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Richmond, and later received his Certified Public Accounting accreditation. He is also a Family Wealth Director, an elite distinction earned by fewer than 2% of all Morgan Stanley advisors. His Portfolio Management Director designation is reserved exclusively for advisors who demonstrate excellence in investment management. In 2018 Forbes named him one of the Top Financial Advisors in Maryland.

Like his father, Brad is committed to community service. He is a past director of the Araminta Freedom Initiative, an organization named after Harriet Tubman (Araminta was her given slave name) dedicated to fighting human trafficking in the area. Brad is also a former director of Casa of Talbot and Dorchester Counties, which advocates for children under court protection. Brad is a former director and treasurer of the Talbot County Country Club.  He has served as Treasurer of The Country School, and is a past president and treasurer of the Talbot County YMCA. He serves as a director on the board of an organization that is dedicated to supporting the house churches in China. He lives with his wife and three children in Easton.
Securities Agent: TX, MD, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VA, TN, SD, SC, RI, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NM, NJ, NH, NC, MT, MO, MN, MI, ME, MA, LA, KY, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1265105

About Me

Stephanie helps clients navigate through life transitions with personalized strategies and practical solutions. She combines careful listening, extensive knowledge and experience and rigorous analysis to create goal-based financial plans with straightforward action steps.

Stephanie began her financial services career in 1997 and has been with the Hill Group since its founding. She is a thought leader among women advisors, and a passionate advocate for women clients and advisors. Stephanie was honored to be selected for the Women’s Leadership Summit, which strives to empower women in their everyday lives. In 2017, she was selected to Working Mother magazine’s inaugural list of “Top Wealth Advisor Moms.”2

Stephanie graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. She has also earned two prestigious designations – Senior Investment Management Specialist and Senior Portfolio Manager – which demonstrate her ability to integrate the vast resources of Morgan Stanley within her sophisticated wealth management strategies

As a survivor, Stephanie feels blessed to serve on the board of directors for the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen where she finds joy in offering hope and courage to others.  She believes strongly that financial literacy should start young, and is a volunteer and advocate for Junior Achievement. Stephanie enjoys raising her family here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she spends time kayaking, reading and being outdoors.  She is actively involved in her faith community and believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to others.”
Securities Agent: TX, MD, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VA, TN, SD, SC, RI, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NM, NJ, NH, NC, MT, MO, MN, MI, ME, MA, LA, KY, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1274523

About Me

Securities Agent: TX, MD, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VA, TN, SC, RI, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NM, NJ, NH, NC, MT, MO, MN, MI, ME, MA, LA, KY, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL; General Securities Representative; BM/Supervisor; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1297968

About Me

Jim works with our clients to make a meaningful impact on their lives and families. With outstanding credentials and experience, he focuses on goal-based financial planning to answer two fundamental questions – “will I make it?” and “do I have any financial blind spots?”

Jim began his career in the financial services industry in 2001 and partnered with the Hill Group in 2006, engaging in frank, honest relationships with his clients. During this time, he has seen firsthand how removing the distraction of managing money frees clients to re-discover (and focus on) what is most important to them. As a husband and father of three young children, he understands the challenge of balancing work and life. 

Jim earned a B.A. in Business Management from Washington College, which he supplemented with an impressive complement of credentials. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, considered the gold standard in the industry. He completed the University of Chicago Booth School’s distinguished Certified Private Wealth Advisor Program, and is also a Certified Private Wealth Advisor. As one of Morgan Stanley’s inaugural Family Wealth Advisors, Jim is one of fewer than 3% of Morgan Stanley advisors specifically focused on multi-generational wealth management.

Jim and his wife live in Severna Park, and are the busy parents of 3 young children, a son and twin girls. Jim serves on the boards of the University of Maryland Foundation’s Planned Gifts Committee and Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore. He enjoys spending time with his family, exercise, fishing, golf, and the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Securities Agent: MD, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VA, UT, TX, TN, SD, SC, RI, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NH, NC, MT, MO, MN, MI, ME, MA, LA, KY, IL, ID, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1272857

About Me

Kate leads our client services team, facilitating relationships and communication between our advisors, clients and associates. She builds innovative systems and strategies to ensure that our clients experience the highest level of service. Kate is also a key resource for our clients Cash Management activities.Kate has spent more than a decade working with advisors and clients. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2010, and became Group Director of the Hill Group in 2012.Kate earned a B.S. in Finance from Salisbury University, with a concentration in Financial Planning. She later earned her Financial Planning Associate designation.Born and raised in Easton, Kate lives there with her husband and three children her older son and boy/girl twins. She is a fan of all sports, particularly the hometown Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles. Kate and her family enjoy spending time outdoors and with her large extended family.

About Me

Sharon is responsible for executing various operational and administrative functions for our clients. She is knowledgeable, proactive and a big believer in attention to detail and organization.Sharon began with the Hill Group in 1993. Since then, she has become intimately familiar with the often complex rules and regulations governing the securities industry. Her extensive background in customer service and administrative support drive her desire to get it right, and get it done.She lives in Easton with her husband, and they enjoy visiting their adult daughter in Florida. Sharon is also a reader, gardener and explorer of Marylands many parks and trails.

About Me

Diana handles support for many team operations, such as trading, reports, alternative investments, risk analysis, asset management and legacy planning. She started in the financial services industry in 1992, and joined the Hill Group in 2007.As a senior in high school, Diana was one of only five top Maryland students chosen for an exclusive honor a program in the Industrial Engineering department at General Motors. This experience opened her eyes to the importance of careful analysis, attention to detail and best practices. She went on to study Finance at the University of Maryland.Diana lives with her husband and two children. She is a committed volunteer at His Hope Haven family shelter, as well as at her church. Her family also enjoys dance, swimming and biking.

About Me

Theresa is responsible for getting our new clients up and running. She handles all onboarding functions, such as IRA rollovers and new account set up, while also assisting with client meetings. Theresa has worked in financial services since 2001, in a variety of roles, and joined the Hill Group in 2018. She started in the mutual fund department at Legg Mason and later served as a regulatory analyst. This diverse background underscores her knowledge and attention to detail with the Group.Theresa was a Communications major at the University of Dayton. She lives in Centreville with her husband and two children, enjoying a busy family life of sports, activities and travel. Theresa also enjoys volunteering, scrapbooking and learning about wine.

About Me

Shane is responsible for the day-to-day administration of our clients’ accounts. He handles client requests and resolves inquiries, while also proactively identifying and implementing services and solutions designed to enhance efficiency and simplify clients’ lives.

Shane has an extensive military background, having deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait. He currently serves as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves. His military discipline, resourcefulness and focus on solutions defines his approach to client service. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2014.

Shane earned a B.S. in Finance from Salisbury University, with a concentration in Financial Planning.

He lives with his wife and daughter in East New Market, and enjoys all outdoor activities, especially boating and running.
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