Our Team

At our firm, we have the client – and only the client – in mind.

Our reasons for becoming financial professionals are deeply personal. We repeatedly saw many friends and family struggling to find the help they needed to map out their financial future. We are confident that with our understanding of personal finance, coupled with our training as financial professionals, we can help people better prepare for the future. We also recognized that in creating implementable and actionable financial plans, we not only help everyday people & their families; we build stronger communities.

After years in the business, we have developed a reputation for giving our clients access to investment options and tools they would not have on their own. Our firm incorporates an investment and planning philosophy that aims to bring institutional resources to everyday investors. Being an independent firm means that our product offerings are numerous and our ability to use our experience, creativity, and networks to create strategies that benefit you are limitless.

Over the years, we have found that a team approach can be an effective method to help clients who have a wide variety of needs as they maneuver through a complex financial-services world. We invite you to discover and experience the power of our services. We believe it has far-reaching benefits for our clients to gain access to opinions from several sources with diverse backgrounds, education, and experience.

No one strategy fits everyone, which is why every client gets our concierge service—from planning to execution to follow-up. We believe that our business model should not dictate your financial plan and investments. We have an open architecture to our services so that you can pick what level of service you would like to have access to, to meet your needs. We take a proactive approach to helping you develop a strategy to address your financial goals and objectives, using the most efficient methods available.

Graham Merk

Founder, CFP®, ChFC®, Financial Advisor

Graham Merk is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Financial Advisor with over 40 years of experience. He is the founder and principal advisor at IA Financial Advisors. He believes in creating long lasting relationships with his clients so that he can understand their needs, wants, and wishes on a holistic level. Beyond his work with his clients, he has given numerous educational seminars on investments, retirement planning, and estate planning to both individual and corporate audiences. He has served in numerous capacities at his former church, on town committees, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. When he is not helping his clients plan for their retirement or hosting his radio show “The Money Curriculum” on WTAG 94.9 FM radio, you can find him at his four granddaughters dance recitals. He has a passion for his family and has moved his business multiple times to be closer to them. No matter how many moves he makes to be closer to his family, he always maintains his client relationships. This is proven by the fact that he still retains many of his clients from when he first started out, nearly 40 years ago.

Eric Conti

Financial Advisor

Eric has been with IA Financial Advisors for the last three years, starting as Operations Manager and now filling the role of Financial Advisor. He brings a focus on systems and processes to create a better overall experience for our clients. He has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry, working under multiple financial advisors and running his own insurance business. His acquired knowledge from working for many large-name firms allows him to incorporate many proven financial planning, insurance, and investment strategies to keep IA Financial Advisors on the leading edge of the industry. He holds his Series 66, Series 7, life, and health insurance licenses, along with having passed the SIE. When he is outside the office, you can find him chasing his six-year-old son and crazy Irish Terrier around, co-hosting “The Money Curriculum,” climbing mountains, and going for runs.

Heather Blaede

Operations Manager

Heather has recently joined IA Financial Advisors, taking over the Operations Manager role. She brings an incredible ability to problem solve, drive the vision of a service-based firm, and innovate to keep IA Financial Advisors at the forefront of client servicing. Heather’s background working for large technology companies in the accounting, controls, revenue, and coordination of global training operations has enabled IA Financial Advisors’ growth and heightened level of service to our clients. When Heather is out of the office, you can find her chasing her crazy Financial Advisor husband, six-year-old, and Irish Terrier around, volunteering for all types of causes, helping her family, and thinking of things to make our business better!

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