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The Gurien Group 

Professional Profile

Adam J. Gurien - Managing Director, PIA Portfolio Manager, Wealth Management Advisor

Focus: Guiding the Gurien Group’s investment selections

Adam helps investors address their complete wealth management needs with informed, globally focused guidance. As the Gurien Group’s Managing Director, Adam guides the team’s investment portfolios and has the insight to transform personalized advice into investment choices he manages with discretion.

• Named one of Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors in 2010 and 2011
• Has over 25 years of financial services experience, including retail banker, mortgage business principle and an independent broker dealer
• Holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Vermont
• Serves as a board member for Jewish Vocational Services

Garrie Lewis, CRPC® - Financial Advisor

Focus: Applying his analytical experience to help individuals pursue their goals

Garrie joined Merrill Lynch in 2011, bringing 3 years of experience as an Equity Portfolio Risk Analyst at BlackRock. He combines logic-driven guidance with personalized service to support clients’ lifelong wealth management needs.
• Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.
• Holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® designation
• Was a 2009 NYU Stern Business Plan Challenge Participant and 2009 Leadership Somerset Fellow
• Serves as chairman for dfree™ at First Baptist Church in Somerset, NJ

Candice Epp, CRPC® - Investment Associate

Focus: Helping clients preserve and protect their wealth while preparing for retirement

Candice began her wealth management career in 1990 and joined the Gurien Group as a Financial Advisor in 2009. She works to bring clarity and confidence to clients’ financial lives through attentive, knowledgeable service.
• Earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Lehigh University (PA)
• Holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® designation

Cecil Brandon - Investment Associate

Focus: Developing wealth management strategies for nonprofit organizations, high-net-worth individuals, families and businesses

Cecil has been in the financial services industry since 1973 and joined Merrill Lynch in 2006. He applies his decades of experience to help clients pursue their short- and long-term financial goals with consultative, objective wealth management.
• Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Mississippi

Jacqueline McDuffie - Client Associate

Focus: Upholding the Gurien Group’s commitment to superior client service and efficient operations

A financial services professional for more than 20 years, Jackie supports clients’ daily needs and is committed to providing diligent, proactive communication. Away from the office, Jackie is a dedicated community member who devotes her time to Streetlight Mission, Meal Ministry and Gateway Pregnancy Center.
• Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Montclair State University
• Served in the Air Force and is a Desert Storm veteran

Angel Tango - Client Associate

Focus: Supports clients with dedicated service while addressing the Gurien Group’s operations

As clients’ main point of contact with our team, Angel helps ensure they receive the attention, transactional support and administrative guidance they need. She joined Merrill Lynch in 2006 and has more than 15 years of financial services experience, including nearly a decade at A.G. Edwards.

Ilene Shewitz - Client Associate

Focus: Support the team with a dedicated focus on client service technology and service model process.

Ilene was with a national pharmaceutical company for over 17 years where she managed the sales support and client service technology for national distribution. Ilene brings a discipline process driven approach to our client service and wealth management solution process.
• Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Rutgers University

Client Commitment

Adam Gurien is registered to do business in:AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, VT

Garrie P. Lewis is registered to do business in:AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, VT

For questions regarding registration information please contact your Financial Advisor.
The Gurien Group

Global Wealth Management

Merrill Lynch
51 jfk parkway
Floor No. 03
short hills, NJ  07078 

Phone(973) 912-7562


Professional Staff

Senior Financial Advisor

(973) 912-3075

Financial Advisor

(973) 912-3041

Investment Associate

(973) 912-3093

Investment Associate

(973) 912-3049

Client Associate

(973) 912-3086

(973) 912-3089

Client Associate

(973) 912-7562

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