Helping families build a road map through life's financial endeavors

Our Practice

We founded Westlake Private Wealth Management to break free from the traditional
Wall Street model and build an independent practice focused on objective advice,
personalized service and full transparency.

Our purpose is to build intimate and meaningful relationships with clients who consider us their most trusted financial advocates. To do so, we will follow three basic tenets:

  • We will always provide our clients with the clearest paths to wealth accumulation, preservation, and ultimate transfer by designing and implementing thoughtful and dynamic investment strategies tailored to their unique goals.
  • As an independent practice, we will always deliver clear and objective advice, free from corporate mandates and conflicts of interest.
  • We will always offer thorough counsel on all of our clients’ wealth management issues, and we will strive to organize and simplify our clients’ lives in a way that allows them to maximize the enjoyment of their wealth now, and for future generations.

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free.
If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.

Our People

With over 125 years of collective wealth management experience, Westlake Private Wealth Management helps our clients build, manage, preserve and transition wealth.

James H. Dryden


Stephen Meli, MBA, CRPC®

Managing Director

Dennis Fox


Matthew N. Morrison

Senior Vice President

Robert P. Hutten, CFP®

Senior Vice President

Janet Burnett

Senior Registered
Account Administrator

Ashley Smith, CFP®

Registered Client
Services Associate

Chase Dapello

Registered Client
Services Associate

Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it…he who doesn’t, pays it.

Where We Do Business

The states highlighted below are the ones in which we most commonly do business. If you do not see your state highlighted, please don't hesitate to contact us to see how we may be able to help you.

Map of where we do business

Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Vegas.

Our Location

Picture of our office.

Westlake Private Wealth Management

200 N. Westlake Blvd., Suite 202
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: 818-436-6800
Fax: 818-436-6804