Meet Stephen

Stephen Meli, CRPC®

Managing Director

Phone: 818-436-6801

Fax: 818-436-6804

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Professional Details

  • 18 years investment and banking industry experience
  • BA, Radio-TV-Broadcasting- California State University, Northridge
  • MBA, Business Management- Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University
  • Affiliated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network since 2012
  • Formerly Senior Vice President/ Resident Director with Merrill Lynch, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley
  • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™, Series 7, 9, 10, 66 registrations, variable annuity and life insurance licensed

After attending business school, I decided to accept a position with Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor. I was a part of the last training class in the World Trade Center, having graduated on September 7th, 2001 in New York City just days prior to the horrific events of September 11th. That experience, combined with the bursting of the dot.com bubble, Enron’s corporate fraud, the 2002 market crash, the sub-prime housing bubble and crisis, and finally the 2007 global recession left indelible marks on my character and defined the responsibility I shoulder while managing my clients’ wealth.

Following my tenure at Morgan Stanley, I accepted a position with Banc of America Investments (later becoming Bank of America / Merrill Lynch) and over the following eight years earned the title of Senior Vice President/ Resident Director and manager of the Westlake Village branch. During my time there, I attained the designations of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) and Portfolio Manager.

In 2012, my partner Dennis Fox and I decided we wanted a culture which was free from corporate mandates and would provide a more independent approach to working with our clients. We envisioned a more holistic way of helping our clients achieve their goals and dreams, so we founded Westlake Private Wealth Management.

Today, I work with a select group of affluent families, the entertainment community, and corporate executives. Through personal consultations, I work with each client to set quantifiable goals, and help prioritize their needs. I then develop and implement a customized investment strategy using a wide variety of financial solutions including stocks, bonds, ETF's, mutual funds and socially responsible portfolios.

I currently reside in Rancho Dos Vientos, CA with my wife of 22 years, Lisa, and three beautiful children - Camryn, Ethan and Owen. On a good weekend, I can be found cheering at the pool for water polo or the fields for baseball…or just relaxing at the beach with a good book. I am an avid movie buff, struggling skier and mountain biker, and enjoy traveling to new destinations around the world.

 

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