James M. Mertens, MBA | CFA

James M. Mertens, MBA | CFA

Managing Director

Jim first began working directly with clients in 2003 when he became a Financial Advisor with a regional wirehouse broker/dealer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to this, he honed his skills with two years of product development with a multinational insurance company followed by 3 years as an internal consultant to hundreds of financial advisors, coordinating a wide range of solutions for complex planning and investment management cases.

In 2006, Jim founded Du Lac Wealth Services and aligned with LPL Financial in order to provide more comprehensive, objective strategies for his clients. Working with LPL Financial ensures client interests will always be first while the tools and resources of the country's largest independent broker/dealer* ensure solutions available are second to none.

Committed to excellence, Jim received his Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame du Lac (BBA) in 1998, majoring in Finance. In 2005 while working full time, he completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. The second-oldest business school in the world, the Booth School of Business is known for world class instruction in analytic finance, entrepreneurship and strategic management.

In 2006, Jim earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Jim embraces the mission of the CFA Institute “to lead the investment profession globally by setting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence.”

The Mertens family moved to Cary, North Carolina from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin in 2009 in conjunction with the acquisition of a Triangle area LPL affiliate. Jim's wife, Hollis, is a doctorate prepared Nurse Practitioner working for WakeMed in their newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care unit. Jim and Hollis have a son in 6th grade, August (Augie), 3nd grade daughter, Lucia (Luci) and a 3 year old son, Henry. They are active in the school and parish at St. Michael the Archangel and enjoy trips to the beach as time allows between various sports and activities.

*As reported by Financial Planning Magazine, June 1996-2018, based on total revenue.

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