Local Merrill Father and Son Financial Advisors Both Named on Forbes’ “Best-in-State” Lists

Michael and William Velasco: Merrill Father and Son Financial Advisors Both Named on Forbes’ "Best-in-State" Lists

Michael and William Velasco: Merrill Father and Son Financial Advisors Both Named on Forbes’ "Best-in-State" Lists

Columbia, S.C. – Merrill announced that Financial Advisors Michael Velasco and William Velasco, father and son, have been recognized on two of the Forbes “Best-in-State" lists. Michael Velasco is named on the 2020 Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list, published on January 16, 2020, and William Velasco is named on the 2019 Forbes “Best-in-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisors” list, published on September 5, 2019. In all, 1,015 Merrill advisors are included on this year’s “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list (the most of any firm), and 417 Merrill advisors are included on the 2019 “Best-in-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisors” list.

“We are incredibly proud of Mike and William for being named to these lists. They consistently demonstrate what it means to be leaders in the wealth management space,” said Joe Powers, market executive. “Mike and William have always been dedicated to providing our clients the highest level of service.”


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Both residing in Columbia, S.C., Michael Velasco has been a part of Merrill’s Columbia office for 27 years, and William Velasco has been based in the Columbia office for six years.

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