Experience That inspires confidence

Keith A. Mericka

Managing Director - Wealth Management
Private Wealth Advisor
Family Office Consultant
Senior Portfolio Manager
404-479-6032

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Keith and his team have advised hundreds of private and family business owners through a process designed to optimize pre- and post-transaction outcomes most often involving a tax-advantaged ESOP sale. He believes comprehensive post-exit planning should be an integral part of the larger scope of your wealth management strategy.

Keith joined UBS in 1987 after starting his career with Morgan Stanley in 1983. Soon after joining UBS, Keith co-founded UBS's national ESOP practice. He is a member of the UBS Pinnacle Council and the UBS Global Circle of Excellence—UBS's highest recognitions for productivity and leadership. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the UBS Political Action Committee.

Keith is a long standing member of The ESOP Association, where he serves on the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership. For many years he has been an active and frequent speaker on a variety of ESOP-related subjects and is universally regarded as a thought leader in the ESOP community.

His personal interests include fly fishing, golf and traveling. Keith's charitable interests include Wounded Warrior Project, No Greater Sacrifice, The Employee Ownership Foundation and his church, North Point Ministries.

Industry achievements:

  • Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors 2013-2016, 2018
  • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors 2014-2018
  • Barron's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors 2009-2013
  • REP. and WealthManagement.com's Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors, 2011, 2013-2016

Education:

  • Securities licenses: Series 7, 31, 63 and 65
  • Insurance licenses: Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Variable Life and Long Term Care
  • B.B.A., Risk management and insurance, Georgia State University


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Leslie A. Lauer, CFP®, ChFC®, CEPA®

Managing Director - Wealth Management
Private Wealth Advisor
Family Office Consultant
614-442-6263

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Leslie focuses on all aspects of private wealth management, specifically investments, multi-generational estate planning, insurance, liability management and philanthropy. Additionally, she provides cash management, executive compensation and captive insurance company asset management to corporate clients.

Leslie joined UBS in 2006 and has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with roles in banking, consulting and private equity. She has held leadership positions in national ESOP organizations, including nine years on the Board of Governors of The ESOP Association and past Chairman of the Finance Committee. She also served for six years on the board of the National Center for Employee Ownership, where she served as Chairman for two years. In 2014, Leslie was elected Treasurer of the Ohio Captive Insurance Association. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Columbus Foundation, a member of The Association for Corporate Growth and a member of Women for Economic and Leadership Development.

A frequent speaker on employee ownership, one of her most notable engagements included teaching the MBA Capstone class in the Fall of 2014 at the prestigious University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Leslie's personal interests include art, traveling, golf and swimming. She is also an active supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Industry achievements:

  • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2018-2021
  • Barron's Top Women Financial Advisors, 2016, 2021
  • Forbes America's Top Women Advisors, 2017 - 2021
  • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor, 2018-2021
  • Forbes Top 200 Women Advisors, 2017
  • Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers, 2017 - 2018
  • WealthManagement.com Top 50 Wirehouse Women, 2015

Education:

  • Securities licenses: Series 7 and 66
  • Insurance licenses: Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Variable Life and Long Term Care
  • B.B.A., Finance, University of Toledo


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Curt Rubinas, CEPA®

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Private Wealth Advisor
Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®)
404-479-5963

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Curt’s deep knowledge base across all asset classes and investment vehicles provides the team with the perspective to leverage the global capabilities of UBS to find the appropriate investment solutions for clients. His primary area of focus has been portfolio construction and implementation, with a specialty in non-traditional investments. In that capacity he worked on many of the firms most complicated investment mandates, and frequently published articles internally on portfolio construction and investment options.

Curt joined The ESOP Group in 2014, and brings 12 years of experience advising investors on all aspects of asset allocation. Before joining UBS in 2006, Curt worked in San Francisco and New York as Vice President of Sales for Structured Investments at Merrill Lynch. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in New York in the structured investments group where he gained a deep understanding of complex derivative transactions across all asset classes. Curt is also a member of the ESOP Association. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Curt has a B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University.

His personal interests include golf, tennis, college football, and spending time with his family.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Rebecca T. Glasgow, CFP®, CEPA®

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Private Wealth Advisor
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®)
404-479-6027

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Rebecca focuses on comprehensive wealth management including investment and liability management, wealth transfer, education funding and charitable planning.

Rebecca joined UBS Private Wealth Management in 2008 and has more than 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining UBS, Rebecca lived in Washington D.C. where she first worked in institutional asset management and high net worth asset management and investment & insurance planning. Prior to that, she worked in high net worth municipal sales and institutional trading in Boston. Rebecca is a member of the ESOP Association and serves as an executive committee member for the New South Chapter. Her Atlanta community involvement includes the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Atlanta Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, the Shepard Center Society, Peachtree Hills Civic Association and the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Challenge. Rebecca graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in economics. She holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and life, health and variable life insurance licenses.

Her interests include tennis, travel, golf, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Kurt S. Hirshman, CFA®

Director
Senior Wealth Strategy Associate
Chartered Financial Analyst®
404-479-6041

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Kurt focuses on portfolio management, cash flow analysis, qualified replacement property implementation and wealth transfer through estate, insurance, tax, liability and charitable planning. He creates customized financial models that illustrate the cash flows of ESOP transactions and its alternatives. He also designs personalized plans to help clients reach their goals, whether it is through income generation, asset/liability management, asset allocation to match their risk tolerance, or hedging portfolios against market risk.

Kurt joined UBS in 2000. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses and is an active member in the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals. Kurt has an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning from Georgia State University and a B.B.A. from Oglethorpe University.

Kurt’s interests include history, sports, travel, reading and spending time with his family.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Catherine A. Mericka, CFP®, CEPA®, CRPC®

Authorized Officer
Senior Wealth Strategy Associate
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®)
Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®)
404-479-6040

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Catherine joined UBS in 2012. Since being at UBS, she has held roles in the Investment Bank in Sydney, Australia, in Wealth Management in New York City and currently as a Senior Wealth Strategy Associate in Atlanta. Catherine is committed to helping clients simplify the complexity in their lives and focus on what's most important. She provides insight on comprehensive wealth advisory including financial planning, family wealth education, multigenerational wealth transfer, asset allocation and exit planning.

Prior to joining The ESOP Group, Catherine was selected by UBS Wealth Management to join the firm’s highly competitive Inter-Generational Advisor Program (IGAP), a three year analyst program designed to prepare her for her current role as a wealth advisor. Through this program, Catherine developed particularly strong skill sets in comprehensive wealth planning, investment management and bespoke family office solutions.

Catherine is an active member of the ESOP Association. She is an avid adventure traveler, triathlete and snow skier. Catherine is also an active supporter of her church, North Point Ministries and contributor to First Love International Ministries—an orphan sponsorship program providing educational and physical needs to underprivileged and displaced children in Nairobi, Kenya.

Education:

  • Securities licenses: Series 7 and 66
  • Insurance licenses: life, health, variable annuity, variable life and long-term care
  • Certifications: CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Certified Exit Planning Advisor
  • A., Finance, Auburn University


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Eric Warters

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate
Chartered Financial Analyst®

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Prior to UBS, Eric was with J.P. Morgan’s investment bank, where he covered depository institutions in their FIG practice. Prior to that, he obtained his M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he served as a trader and an analyst for the Michael Price Student Investment Fund. He brings five years’ experience with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and has been a CFA® charterholder since 2017.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Dana D. Breland

Authorized Officer
Team Administrator
404-479-6033

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Dana focuses on client service and administration.

Dana joined UBS in 1993 and holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. She attended the University of Georgia. Dana's community activities include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Annual Fun Run and Corporate Challenge. Her personal interests include travel and cooking.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Dianna M. Moore

Authorized Officer
Team Administrator
404-479-6036

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Dianna focuses on client service and administration.

She joined UBS in 2008 and has eleven years of experience in the financial services industry. She graduated from Sinclair College and holds Series 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses. Her personal interests include travel and gardening.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV


Christy Dryden

Client Service Associate
404-479-6035

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Christy focuses on client service and marketing.

In 2018, Christy joined  The ESOP Group at UBS with over 12 years of marketing experience and event coordination. She provides support as the team’s marketing specialist and assists with client service. Christy earned her B.S. in family and consumer sciences from the University of Georgia.