Our mission as a financial advisory team is to help protect and grow assets, no matter what the economy is doing.
The Reyno-Bertenshaw approach is built on relationships, trust and discipline. The entire team is committed to helping clients achieve their financial objectives and protect the wealth that they have spent a lifetime building. Using the full range of tools, services and specialists available from Merrill Lynch, they develop and implement customized, long-term investment strategies for affluent families, institutions and foundations.
In the area of portfolio management and investment strategies, we help navigate the increased volatility that characterizes today’s markets. The Reyno-Bertenshaw Group has adopted a disciplined, quantitative approach to investment management. Their distinctive, rules-driven approach emphasizes risk management and capital preservation and uses low-cost, highly liquid Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to create and manage globally diversified portfolios. Focusing on market positioning, rather than market timing, this approach has clearly defined exit and entry strategies that seek to eliminate the emotional responses that can destroy capital. The strategy is both defensive and offensive, as market conditions dictate. It is also more tactical and proactive than the traditional “buy and hold” approach. Based on their experience, analysis and research, the professionals at the Reyno-Bertenshaw Group believe that this systematic, disciplined, prudent approach enables them to most effectively fulfill their mission and meet their clients’ goals.
The Reyno-Bertenshaw Group always puts clients’ needs first and works hard to build strong, multi-generational relationships. Every strategy begins with a thorough assessment of a client’s needs and preferences across issues that include risk tolerances, investment goals, estate planning, education planning, tax strategies, insurance and cash management.
Senior Financial Advisor
Senior Vice President
John Reyno joined Merrill Lynch in 2010, after spending over forty years as a financial advisor. During that time, he was also a director of financial products for E.F. Hutton, Kidder Peabody and PaineWebber on both a regional and national basis. John is a graduate of St Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and, after serving as a Lieutenant with the Canadian Navy, pursued graduate level studies in law at Dalhousie University and the University of Arizona. He has also taken advanced level SIA Investment courses at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. John’s involvement in civic and charitable organizations has included serving as a Regent at the Graduate School of Theology (Berkley, CA), Chairman of the Catholic Community Foundation, Chair of the Charity and Development Appeal in Phoenix, Chair of the board of the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale and a board member of Paradise Valley Country Club. He and his wife, Edie, a family counselor, are the parents of two grown daughters, Tiffany and Tara.
Patrick Bertenshaw, CFP®
Senior Financial Advisor
First Vice President Wealth Management
Patrick Bertenshaw joined Merrill Lynch in 2010, after spending ten years at UBS Paine Webber and A.G. Edwards. Patrick earned a BS in Finance from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Financial Planner certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. He is a lecturer and instructor on wealth management strategies for Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Arizona Society of CPAs. Patrick has also made several guest appearances on the CBS Morning News to discuss the economy and financial markets. Over the years, Patrick and his wife, Staci, have been actively involved at Brophy and Xavier College Preparatory . They are the proud parents of three children, Ryan, Reagan and Ethan.
John Wagner spent three years as a licensed attorney before joining Merrill Lynch to work with clients on a more holistic range of financial issues. With John’s broad education and professional experience, he works closely with clients to provide customized wealth planning and risk managed investment strategies. His practice is particularly focused on helping clients through major life transitions such as preparing for retirement, divorce, a death in the family, and other high stress periods. John earned a BS in Finance (Magna Cum Laude) from the Saint Louis University School of Business and a Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law. John and his fiancée Jackie are new to the Phoenix area, and are looking forward to starting a family and becoming active in the community.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Gabe Gonzalez had a successful 12 year career working for a Fortune 500 Telecommunications company. With Gabe’s education and professional experience, he works closely with clients to provide holistic wealth planning strategies. Gabe attended the University of Texas at El Paso and completed his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business. Gabe and his family enjoy music,soccer and other sports. He is fluent in Spanish.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, A.J. Smith worked in management at a large east valley automobile dealership. Having graduated from the University of Arizona with a double major in Finance and Business Economics, he is using his education and resources to provide clients strategies for a wide array of challenges. A.J. enjoys working with people and is committed to helping them reach their goals. A.J. lives in Scottsdale and enjoys spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys snowboarding, swimming and hiking.
Wealth Management Banker
Senior Vice President
You may also benefit from the experience of a Wealth Management Banker from Bank of America, N.A. who can provide strategic and personalized banking guidance focused on your needs. Working together, your Financial Advisor team and Wealth Management Banker can draw upon an expansive array of cash management, credit and other lending solutions designed to fit into your overall financial strategy and help you pursue your financial objectives. Debbie Hartney, Senior Vice President, Senior Wealth Management Banker, supports your Financial Advisor team. Debbie has been in the financial services industry since 1981 and joined Bank of America in 1976.
Senior Client Service Associate
Susan Woolhiser began her career in the investment industry in 1980 with E.F. Hutton in Boulder, Colorado as Cashier, Wire Operator, New Accounts and Assistant Operations Manager. Moving to Scottsdale in 1990, she joined Kidder, Peabody as the assistant to the Manager. Since 1991, she has served as the Senior Client Service Associate for John Reyno and his group.
In their current role at Merrill Lynch, the Reyno-Bertenshaw Group does not provide any legal or tax advice.