Bruce Munster is a principal of the MPF Private Wealth Management Group, an M&A-focused advisory practice within the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch.
Located in Los Angeles, the MPF Private Wealth Management Group manages more than $1.2 billion for 65 families, as of December 31, 2014. Clients include inventors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, professional investors, and heads of investment banks and private equity firms. Bruce and his team advise clients on their personal wealth management concerns related to M&A transactions in a variety of industries, including aerospace & defense, technology, specialty finance, consumer products, business services and real estate.
Bruce has garnered a number of national honors as a Financial Advisor. On Wall Street named him to its 2014 list of the “Top 40 Advisors Under 40” (#7 nationally). Barron’s recognized Bruce as one of the Top 1200 Financial Advisors, State-by-State in 2014. The Financial Times distinguished Bruce as one of the Top 400 Financial Advisors in 2014. And REP Magazine honored Bruce as one of the Top 40 Wirehouse Advisors Under 40 in 2014 (#11 nationally).*
Bruce earned his B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University, while he participated on the varsity wrestling team, worked part-time and raised a young family. His experiences as a young dad have greatly helped him both in life and business. He lives in Pacific Palisades with his high school sweetheart, Therese, and their three children: Samuel, Bruce Jr., and Haifa.
Bruce is active with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and Provisors Beverly Hills-1 Chapter. He and his family support several charitable organizations including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Boys and Girls Club, Food on Foot and Cornell University Wrestling.
Deborah S. Rocha
Educator with Saugus Union School District
As the Executive Director of SRD~Straightening Reins, Deborah handles the daily details of overseeing, promoting, and sustaining SRD, which is quite busy as a young non-profit, growing tremendously in just three years.
Her job as the ED affords her the opportunity to work directly with youth at the ranch through volunteer programs, scheduling, and academic tutoring. In addition, Deborah heads up the tasks of fundraising, acquisition of grants and additional resources, and overseeing the finances.
Her master’s degree in education and classroom teaching experience afforded her extra resources to raise her four children as a single mother. But after losing her youngest daughter to suicide, at the age of 15, it became apparent that her career had set the foundation for her new path, that of establishing a non-profit ranch facility, SRD~Straightening Reins.
Of course, between teaching full-time and running the foundation, Deborah has created a great team, each with their specialities, to serve the youth both on the ranch and in the community. The fact that horses and the ranch life provided an additional five years for her daughter, Samantha, to spend time with family and friends, before she took her life, solidified the power of horses. Deborah has used her unusual amount of energy and passion to provide hands-on experiences that develop the youth’s confidence through simple tasks of horse grooming and care, equine assisted learning workshops for communication skills, equine assisted psychotherapy for those dealing with more severe needs, as well as workshops that help create healthy self-care habits for parents and caregivers.
While Deborah’s own children are grown, she has many, many children that drive her to share the growing need for additional equine based programs that each our youth the tools necessary to pursue their dreams and become productive citizens in their own community.
Maritza de la Cruz
Speech and Language Pathologist with Saugus Union School District
Dr. Brent Woodard (Member at Large)
Superintendent of Acton- Agua Dulce Unified School District
Sandy Holguin began her professional career as a legal assistant to major law firms throughout the Los Angeles area. It was not until she worked with the Real Estate Division at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips that her passion for real estate emerged and after 20+ years of legal support she started a new career in Real Estate with Keller Williams in 2004. For the past 11 years Sandy has helped families buy and sell homes throughout the Los Angeles County. She has also served as an ALC Member of Keller Williams, a Board of Directors that is responsible for the Market Center and its leadership planning. She consistently ranks in the top 20% of Keller Williams VIP Realty market center. As a seasoned agent she often mentors and trains newer agents to support their growth within the real estate industry and their community.
Sandy is proactively involved with Momentum Education as a Volunteer Staff Coach. Momentum Education is a prominent organization, known for providing quality results coaching and dynamic personal development workshops. Graduates see powerful results immediately within their relationships, family, career, finance, and overall quality of life.
A graduate from the University of Southern California, Susan is an enthusiastic and goal oriented individual with 26 years’ experience implementing and managing technology solutions, facilitating business process improvements, executing change management, and achieving cost savings initiatives for her customers. As Vice President, Susan directs and oversees the day to day operations of the Business / Technology Integration Department including all aspects of project management activities and process improvement opportunities within Logix Federal Credit Union. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen or attending meetings, Susan spends time at SRD Straightening Reins with her son Eric. A foodie wanna be, Susan enjoys seeking out and dining at new restaurants with her husband Carlos. “It’s been almost two years since my son and I began volunteering at the ranch. I know life presents challenges and being part of something that promotes team work and a strong work ethic has helped my son understand the importance of making positive choices when faced with those challenges. I truly enjoy working with everyone, young and not so young, in supporting a place where we can be ourselves and build lasting friendships.”
Andrew Galvan Macias
Andrew Galvan Macias is the founder of Danny’s Shoes Foundation, General Contractor and Owner of AMMAC Services, as well as Head of Construction and Maintenance @ Roque and Mark Corp. Andrew shares life with his 2 adult children, Stephanie, our ranch photographer, and Andy Jr. and his dogs, Lola and Baloo. His commitment to the community spans from a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Mens Charitable Organization, to serving as one of our regular ranch mentors. ” I am happy to become part of the SRD board. As one of the weekly staff in attendance at the ranch, I have become very aware of the benefits that the ranch environment offers the children. The unique way that children react to the combination of staff that care for them, and the animal friends that are new to them, providing challenges to deal with, create an environment that helps them develop the confidence necessary to deal with the sometimes difficult world.”
Educator with Saugus Union School District