June 24, 2019

Raymond James welcomes $300 million advisor team from Merrill Lynch in Sandusky, Ohio

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Raymond James welcomed financial advisors Dustin Ness, CFP®, AAMS®, CRPC®, Chris Nuetzel, CFP®, and Keith Sweigert to Raymond James Financial Services (RJFS) – the firm’s independent broker/dealer – in Sandusky, Ohio, according to David Sisemore, regional director for RJFS’ Independent Contractor Division.


The advisors operate as Waterstreet Financial (WSF) and join the firm from Merrill Lynch, where they previously managed approximately $300 million in client assets. Joining them at the firm is Emily Bosley, CFA, WSF business manager and RJFS investment representative, and Amy Daley, WSF senior operations manager and RJFS client services manager. The team works with a variety of clients, including business owners, corporations, endowments and foundations, families and individuals, and healthcare professionals.


“Throughout my career, I have put my clients first and see them as an extension of my family. Raymond James has a reputation of being a ‘client-first’ firm, which is something that strongly resonated with our team,” said Ness, WSF managing partner and RJFS branch manager. “Some other factors that made our decision easier were Raymond James’ reputation of having an impressive technology offering, coupled with the amount of resources provided. Furthermore, at Raymond James, we can exhibit autonomy and freedom while receiving the support we need to serve our clients effectively. Since transitioning, it has already been clear that our team has the full support of the firm. Our team is pleased to begin our partnership with Raymond James.”


Ness joined Raymond James and founded Waterstreet Financial after 15 years of experience at firms including Stifel and Merrill Lynch. He is a graduate of Ashland University, where he studied accounting and finance.


Nuetzel, partner at WSF and RJFS investment executive, brings 32 years of industry experience, having worked for firms like Wachovia and Wells Fargo, before transitioning over to Merrill Lynch in 2013. He is a graduate of Geneva College, where he studied business administration.


Sweigert, WSF partner and RJFS investment executive, has been in the industry for over 11 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University.


“We are delighted to welcome Dustin, Chris, Keith, Emily and Amy to Raymond James’ independent channel,” said Sisemore. “Knowing that our resources, technology, and support are distinguishing factors for our firm, we are able to continue attracting quality financial advisor teams like WSF through our distinctive offering.”


Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design), and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

About Raymond James Financial Services
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. is a financial services firm supporting independent financial advisors nationwide. Since 1974, Raymond James Financial Services Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, has provided a wide range of investment and wealth planning related services through its affiliate, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC. Both broker/dealers are wholly owned subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF) a leading diversified financial services company with approximately 7,900 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $789 billion.

Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Waterstreet Financial is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services.