Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, The Pearce Group

901 Dulaney Valley Road | Dulaney Center #2 | Suite 516 | Towson, MD 21204


Senior Financial Advisor, Managing Director

Beginning as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch 26 years ago, Kent Pearce has methodically built up an extraordinary team of talented professionals. The 13-member team has approximately 250 years of combined experience. Kent Pearce has been named among the top wealth management advisors in the U.S. by Forbes/ Shook Research, Barron’s and the Financial Times.

The Pearce Group offers a range of services, including wealth management, financial planning, and customized portfolio management, as well as providing access to Bank of America banking, lending solutions, and for generational wealth transfer. Representing one of the industry’s largest global financial platforms through Merrill, the Pearce Group has access to financial resources and cutting-edge technology. But as a methodically built winning team over the years, the team is truly able to deliver services with a personalized, boutique-style approach, ensuring that each client receives unique attention.

This Wealth Management team truly believes that clients do business with those they like and trust, so it does its best to deserve and maintain that trust, measuring its own success by that of its clients’ success.

Kent Pearce, who has been consistently ranked as one of Merrill’s top advisors in the country, was also recently ranked the #1 Wealth Advisor in the state of Maryland by FORBES in 2020-2021. In addition, Kent serves on and was an inaugural member of the company’s Advisor Growth Network Board.

Pearce and his team members are also extremely active in the community and give back, participating and holding board positions in such causes as the American Heart Association, the Baltimore Community Fund, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Living Class- rooms Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the March of Dimes, the Maryland Food Bank, and many others.

Kent Pearce is employed by broker-dealer Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith.

*Source: The Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list, February 11, 2021. Data provided by SHOOKTM Research, LLC. Data as of June 30, 2020. The Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively, a major component of a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and not indicative of future performance or representative of any one client’s experience. Rankings and recognition from Forbes are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results, and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”) makes available certain investment products sponsored, managed, distributed or provided by companies that are affiliates of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”). MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, Member SIPC and a wholly owned subsidiary of BofA Corp.

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