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Private Wealth Management

Insight and experience for entrepreneurs and exceptional families

Over the last 30 years, we have learned that to our clients business is personal. Your business is your passion and likely one of the greatest accomplishments of your life.  So when you consider stepping back, there is a lot at stake—your family’s financial future, your employees’ livelihood and of course, the legacy you have worked so hard to create.

Selling a business can be a time of uncertainty; however, it should really be all about optimism and new possibilities—with sights clearly set on the best possible terms, transition and strategy for whatever comes next.  For us, there is no greater priority than helping business owners plan a thoughtful and holistic exit strategy, so they can take life’s next big step with the same passion that helped them build their business in the first place.

We have advised hundreds of business owners throughout the country who have trusted our ability to help them achieve the best outcomes for their families, employees and those next in line.

Why clients choose us

Meet our team

Private Wealth Advisors

  • Leslie Lauer

    Leslie A. Lauer, FOC, CFP, CEPA, ChFC

    Managing Director–Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

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    • 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
    • VT
    • WA
    • WI
    • WV

    A leader in the wealth management industry for business owners and exceptional families. She has dedicated her career to advising business owners on their succession options, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Today, as a multi-credentialed member of The ESOP Group, Leslie continues to work closely with business owners and their families. With more than 30-years of expertise, she and her team are uniquely qualified to assist clients on all aspects of tax, estate and retirement planning, asset allocation, insurance solutions, lending and strategic philanthropy. Leslie advises a number of corporate client relationships as well, providing them with cash management, executive compensation and captive insurance company asset management.

    Family Office Consultant (FOC)
    While Leslie’s extensive ESOP, captive insurance company asset management and corporate experience has helped differentiate her within the industry, she has expanded her work with family offices that could benefit from her investment and planning insight. Leslie is among a select group of Financial Advisors who have earned the UBS business designation of Family Office Consultant (FOC). She has undergone rigorous training to strengthen her knowledge and proficiency to help manage the investment, business, passion and legacy needs of sophisticated, ultra-high net worth clients and their families. Leslie understands the complexities of intergenerational wealth and the challenges faced by exceptional clients. She aligns their specific needs to the full suite of UBS capabilities to help them pursue their most important goals.

    • Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2021The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q4. 
    • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
      The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q3. 
    • Barron's Top 100 Women Advisors, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022The Barron's rating is awarded annually in June and is based on information from the Q1 of the award year.
    • Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in February based on information from a 12 month period ending September of the prior year.
    • Forbes America's Top Wealth Advisors, 2021, 2022The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior year.
    • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior year.
    • Forbes Best-in-State Women Wealth Advisors, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in February based on information from a 12 month period ending September of the prior year.

    Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

    • Series 7 and 66 securities licenses
    • Life, health, variable annuity, variable life and long-term care
    • University of Toledo, B.B.A., Finance
    • Private Wealth Advisor
    • Family Office Consultant
    • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
    • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
    • Chartered Financial Consultant
    Terminus 100
    3280 Peachtree Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Rebecca Glasgow

    Rebecca T. Glasgow, FOC, CFP, CEPA

    Managing Director–Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

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    • 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 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.

    • Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2021The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q4. 
    • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2022
      The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q3. 
    • Forbes America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors, 2021, 2022, 2023The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in February based on information from a 12 month period ending September of the prior year.
    • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, 2022The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior year.
    • Forbes Best-in-State Women Wealth Advisors, 2021, 2022, 2023The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in February based on information from a 12 month period ending September of the prior year.
    • Working Mother Magazine/SHOOK Top Wealth Advisor Moms, 2021The Working Mother Magazine/SHOOK rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in October based on information from a 12 month period ending in March of the award year.

    Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

    • Cornell University, B.A. in economics
    • Series 7 and 66 securities licenses
    • Insurance licenses, Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Variable Life and Long Term Care
    • Private Wealth Advisor
    • Family Office Consultant
    • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
    • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
    3280 Peachtree Road NE
    21st floor
    Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Wayne Rubinas

    Curt Rubinas, FOC, CEPA

    Managing Director–Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

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    • 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

    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.

    • Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2021The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q4. 

    Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

    • B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University
    • Series 7 and 66 securities licenses
    • Private Wealth Advisor
    • Family Office Consultant
    • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
    3280 Peachtree Road NE
    21st floor
    Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Kurt Hirshman

    Kurt S. Hirshman, CFA

    Director

    Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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    • 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
    • OR
    • PA
    • RI
    • SC
    • TN
    • TX
    • UT
    • VA
    • WA
    • WI
    • WV

    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.

      Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

      • Georgia State University, M.S. Personal Financial Planning
      • Oglethorpe University, B.B.A.
      • Series 7 and 66 securities licenses
      • Chartered Financial Analyst®
      3280 Peachtree Road NE
      21st floor
      Atlanta, GA 30305
    • Catherine Mericka

      Catherine A. Mericka, CFP, CEPA, CRPC

      Authorized Officer

      Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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      • 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

      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
      • B.A., Finance, Auburn University

        Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

        • B.A., Finance, Auburn University
        • Insurance licenses, Life, Health, Variable Annuity, Variable Life and Long Term Care
        • Series 7 and 66 securities licenses
        • Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2021
        • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
        • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
        • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠
        3280 Peachtree Road NE
        21st floor
        Atlanta, GA 30305
      • Dana Breland

        Dana D. Breland

        Authorized Officer

        Team Administrator

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        • 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 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.

          Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

          • University of Georgia
          • Series 7 and 63 securities licenses
          • Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2021
          3280 Peachtree Road NE
          21st floor
          Atlanta, GA 30305
        • Dianna Moore

          Dianna M. Moore

          Authorized Officer

          Team Administrator

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          • 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

          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.

            Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

            • Sinclair College
            • Series 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses
              3280 Peachtree Road NE
              21st floor
              Atlanta, GA 30305
            •  Christy Dryden

              Christy H. Dryden

              Client Associate

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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.

                  Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

                  • University of Georgia, B.S. in family and consumer sciences
                    3280 Peachtree Road NE
                    21st floor
                    Atlanta, GA 30305
                  • Rebecca Leichter

                    Rebecca L. Leichter

                    Client Associate

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                        Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

                            3280 Peachtree Road NE
                            21st floor
                            Atlanta, GA 30305

                          Business succession

                          The decision to exit your business is personal and complex. Should you decide to sell, planning is a key component to help achieve your personal and financial goals – it's never too early to start.

                          Preparing your business

                          When you're ready to sell

                          Pre- and post- sale wealth planning

                          Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

                          While several business transition options are available, ESOPs offer a unique set of benefits. As one of the nation's leading ESOP advisors, we can help you every step of the way should you decide on this route.

                          What is an ESOP?
                          An Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP, is both a qualified retirement plan for employees as well as a tax-efficient exit strategy for business owners. Owners of successful closely held businesses often use ESOPs to create a market in order to sell some or all of their shares to their employees, and if structured properly, the owner can defer or potentially eliminate the capital gain tax associated with the sale.

                          30+

                          Years in business as a team

                          $10+ Billion

                          Enterprise value created

                          800+

                          ESOP transactions


                          Benefits of an ESOP to the owner(s)

                          Benefits of an ESOP to the owner(s)

                          Benefits of an ESOP to the company

                          Benefits of an ESOP to the company

                          Benefits of an ESOP to the employees / management

                          Benefits of an ESOP to the employees / management

                          An ESOP transaction can:

                          • Potentially result in a tax-free sale with an IRC §1042 election
                          • Potentially yield more in total after-tax proceeds compared to a third party sale
                          • Increase certainty of close
                          • Allow the owner to start the next chapter while preserving their legacy
                          • Provide the owner the ability to continue managing the company post-sale
                          • Preserve confidentiality
                          • Provide an exit alternative when there is a lack of interested buyers
                          • Be structured as a series of transactions

                          An ESOP transaction can:

                          • Allow for tax-deductible stock and/or cash contributions to the ESOP
                          • Potentially provide S-Corp ESOP companies the ability to operate federal, and in many cases, state income-tax free
                          • Provide the ability to acquire other companies in the future using pre-tax dollars
                          • Potentially increase productivity and retention due to employees' “owner” mentality
                          • Create opportunities to motivate, retain and recruit key talent

                          For employees, an ESOP transaction can:

                          • Reward employees with tax-deferred retirement benefits
                          • Provide employees equity in the company without having to invest any of their own cash

                          For management, an ESOP transaction can:
                          • Provide a gradual transition for new management to “run” the company
                          • Allow participation in the ESOP and possibly an executive non-qualified plan providing meaningful wealth building opportunities
                             

                          UBS ESOP services

                          UBS ESOP services

                          General ESOP candidate profile

                          General ESOP candidate profile

                          What kind of companies have ESOPs?

                          What kind of companies have ESOPs?

                          • Cash flow and tax modeling comparing taxable installment sale vs. tax-deferred sale to an ESOP
                          • Introductions to transaction advisors, such as investment bankers to provide advisory services to companies considering an ESOP
                          • IRC Section 1042 rollovers to help owners defer, or potentially eliminate, capital gains tax—including:
                            -Implementing Qualified Replacement Property reinvestment portfolios
                            -Providing lending solutions that may be required to accomplish your IRC Section 1042 rollover

                          • Business owner who desires partial or full liquidity
                          • Company is a S-Corp, C-Corp or LLC, rather than a partnership or professional corporation
                          • Company value of $10 million+ or EBITDA of $5 million+
                          • Annual payroll of $5 million+ and 20+ full time employees
                          • Company has additional capacity for debt
                          • 5 year history of strong earnings and/or cash
                          • Company has steady and controlled growth
                          • Strong second in line management in place

                          ESOPS are represented across a wide variety of industries, with a plurality of plans in services or manufacturing

                          Manufacturing
                          •••••••••••••••••••••••22%

                          Sci./Tech. services
                          ••••••••••••••••••••19% 

                          Finance
                          •••••••••••••••••16%

                          Construction
                          •••••••••••11%

                          Wholesale trade
                          •••••••••9%

                          Retail trade
                          ••••••6%

                          Management
                          •••3%

                          Agriculture/Mining/utilities
                          •••3%

                          Accommodations, Food, Services
                          ••2%

                          Waste management
                          ••2%

                          Healthcare
                          ••2%

                          Other
                          ••••• 5%

                          National Center for Employee Ownership

                          Private Wealth Management

                          As Private Wealth Advisors we use our perspective to tailor everything our clients need, helping transform their success.

                          Private Wealth Management

                          Financial planning

                          Financial planning

                          Portfolio management

                          Portfolio management

                          Family Office Consultants

                          Family Office Consultants

                          We believe that even the most formidable wealth goals can best be achieved through a well-coordinated, well-implemented plan. Our planning conversations focus on:

                          • Trusts and wealth transfer strategies
                          • Estate plan flowcharts
                          • Tax planning
                          • Cash flow modeling
                          • Insurance planning and coverage analysis
                          • Philanthropic planning
                          • Family education and governance

                          Your personalized financial plan is critical to our process as it helps inform your custom asset allocation.

                          We focus on strategies that allow for sensible growth and help mitigate risk, from UBS or outside the firm.

                          As we implement your investment strategy, we ensure you receive the firm‘s best strategic and tactical allocation guidance from our Chief Investment Office. 

                          You can expect regular communication, performance tracking and adjustments for life changes and economic conditions.

                          Among a select group of Private Wealth Advisors who have earned the Family Office Consultant designation, Leslie Lauer, Rebecca Glasgow and Curt Rubinas understand the complexities of intergenerational wealth and the challenges faced by exceptional clients.

                          Through our partnership with Family Office Solutions, a team of specialists with unusually deep experience in disciples that go well beyond wealth management, we align our client's specific needs with the best of UBS’s insight and expertise.

                          Backed by the strength of UBS

                          A global leader in wealth management

                          $2.8 trillion

                          In invested assets globally 
                          As of 06/30/2022

                          51 countries

                          Our global footprint

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                          UBS is a world-leading wealth manager

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