The Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management announced that Christopher Bollenbach, joined as Senior Vice President – Investments, Private Wealth Advisor, in its Century City office.
Bollenbach has a diverse background from his time in a variety of management roles and as a financial advisor. He and his team oversee $117 million assets under management since establishing his advisory practice in 2006. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Bollenbach spent a total of 13 years at UBS/PaineWebber and three years at Citi Smith Barney. When he was only 30, PaineWebber appointed Bollenbach to serve as Compliance & Lending Head for its Western Division. Along with his financial services industry experience, Bollenbach also served in an executive management capacity as Director of Strategic Planning at Sunkist from 2001 to 2005.
A passionate supporter of the community, he has worked with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Music Matters and the California Community Foundation. He also dedicates time to developing the next generation of leaders by working with at-risk high school students at the Academy of Business Leadership and serving on the Board of Directors for the California Council on Economic Education. In addition, Bollenbach serves as a chairman for the Bollenbach Family Scholarship Fund, which sends 15 students a year to college who otherwise could not afford it.
Bollenbach is a graduate of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He resides in Westwood, Calif. with his wife Kendra. His brother, Keat Bollenbach, is owner of a popular LA restaurant, Bottega Louie. His father, Stephen Bollenbach, was the Chief Executive Officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation from 1996-2007.