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Greg Bennett, MBA
Greg Bennett, MBAWealth Planning Advisor & Managing Principal
Direct: (704) 897-6425

Raised on Midwestern values including love of God and family, Greg attended the University of Iowa and earned his MBA at Duke University. He enjoys sharing the wisdom gained from over 23 years of investment and wealth planning experience with his clients. Having worked his way up through the mergers and iterations of AG Edwards, Wachovia Securities and Wells Fargo Advisors, Greg is now pleased to offer his clients the benefits of independent investment advice and research powered by LPL Financial.
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Team Members through our Partnership with Merit Financial Group

Rick L. Kent, CFP®, ChFC, AIF®CEO & Founder
As our founding partner of Merit Financial Group, Rick is based in the Alpharetta office, and oversees all of the Merit offices, as well as, our Registered Investment Advisor platform. He is active in client relations, office mergers and acquisitions, in addition to all current and new business activities at Merit Financial Group.

Rick is enthusiastic about helping families and individuals pursue their financial goals and objectives. Rick has an extensive background in estate and financial retirement planning. After more than twenty years of experience in the financial industry, Rick now dedicates the majority of his focus to retirement planning.

Doug Blanton, CFAChief Investment Officer

Doug is responsible for the Investment Management Program at Merit Financial Group. With 20+ years of experience in the investment industry, Doug assists financial advisors in developing investment strategies that focus on their client’s needs.

Doug carries a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is also a member of the CFA Society of Atlanta.

Doug currently lives in Alpharetta with his wife Amie, and their 2 children, Darby and Avery. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, golfing, and tinkering projects at home.

Amelia B. WoodChief Operating Officer

Amelia has been with Merit Financial Group since 2001 and focuses on ensuring that the firm and its advisors comply with SEC and FINRA rules and regulations. She is responsible for providing compliance training, conducting branch exams, coordinating updates to SEC filings, responding to inquiries from regulators and handling licensing and registration. She also oversees the IT, accounting and payroll for the firm.

Amelia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Bryan, their two children, Alex and Olivia, and their dog, Buc. Amelia enjoys playing tennis on the ALTA tennis leagues as well as dancing, skiing (both water and snow) and snowboarding.

Nick MoonInvestment Support and Compliance Analyst

Nick assists with the Investment Management Program, as well as compliance, at Merit Financial Group. Some of his key responsibilities include trading for advisory accounts and aiding the financial advisors with investment operations.

Nick graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Financial Planning. Before joining Merit Financial Group in 2016, Nick served as a Branch Compliance Examiner at an independent broker-dealer.

Merit Financial Group is a separate entity from LPL Financial

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