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Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch

Blake Bruce is a senior vice president within the Global Wealth Management division of Merrill Lynch in the Atlanta/Buckhead office. His team, The Bruce Dickey Group, focuses on servicing the complete needs of high net worth individuals and wealthy families through investment management, estate planning strategy, long-term financial strategy, cash flow management, tax-effective wealth transfer strategies, and philanthropy. Blake is also a faculty member in the firm's Optimal Practice Model. In that capacity, he speaks to advisors in Merrill Lynch offices around the country. Since joining Merrill Lynch in 2008, Blake continues to be recognized as one of the firm's top advisors and is currently a member of Merrill Lynch's Chairmans Club and Circle of Excellence.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Blake spent five years as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of UGA's Terry College of Business, where he has served as chairman of the Terry College Young Alumni Board. Blake is active in many civic and charitable organizations and currently serves on the governing boards of the Touchdown Club of Atlanta National Football Foundation and the Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi at UGA. He was one of the founding members of the Duane M. Perdue Memorial Scholarship fund. He is also a member and an enthusiastic supporter of Leadership Ministries, an Atlanta-based organization that equips men to be faithful leaders in their marriages, families, businesses, churches, and communities.

Blake is originally from Salem, Va., and he currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Mary Catherine, daughter Mary Stewart, and their English bulldog, Storman Norman.