OUR MISSION STATEMENT
A nationally recognized team, we offer successful clients sophisticated wealth management, with a hometown feel.
A nationally recognized team, we offer successful clients sophisticated wealth management, with a hometown feel.
The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley is a tightly knit team with a common purpose: We are here to help our clients protect, enhance and transfer their wealth within the context of their greater life goals. We are excited to come to work each day, largely due to the wonderful families we serve. With over 100 years of combined experience in financial services, our seven-member team provides comprehensive wealth management and premium client service to distinguished individuals and institutional clients.
Our pledge to you:
We know how hard our clients work for their money, and why. They do it to build a meaningful life for themselves, their family and their community. That’s why we have created a pledge to our clients, to demonstrate our thinking and our promise.
At The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley, we embody these values and are committed to helping our clients with every aspect of their financial lives. We do this with genuine compassion, and unwavering respect.
Betsy Berkheimer Pakenas is an Executive Director and Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley in Frederick, Maryland. As The Berkheimer Group’s senior partner, she oversees all aspects of the practice, while working closely with the team’s seven-person staff to provide financial planning and investment management to high net worth investors and small institutions.
A Financial Advisor since 1998, Betsy was named to The Financial Times’ list of America’s “Top 400 Financial Advisors” in both 2015 and 2016. In recognition of her achievements, Betsy has been a speaker at multiple Barron’s industry conferences and was also featured in Morgan Stanley’s national ad campaign in 2015.
Active in her community, Betsy has held leadership positions in local organizations including the Frederick County Commission for Women and The Rotary Club of Frederick, where she is a past President of the two hundred-member service organization. She is currently a Director of Frederick Memorial Hospital.
After graduating Valedictorian of her local Frederick High School class, Betsy earned her B.S. at Washington & Lee University and continues to be an active alumna. She is a 2001 Leadership Frederick graduate and 2014 Leadership Maryland graduate. Betsy and her husband Peter live in Middletown, MD with their two children.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VI, WA, WI, WV; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures
Derek McGee is a First Vice President, Financial Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley. As the team’s chief investment officer, Derek is responsible for portfolio construction, implementation, and monitoring of all investment strategies.
As a senior partner of The Berkheimer Group with 15 years of industry experience, Derek focuses on overseeing all aspects of portfolio management and helps construct the team’s long term investment philosophy as well as the shorter term strategic outlook.
Prior to joining The Berkheimer Group in 2006, Derek was Regional Sales Director for Smith Barney’s Consulting Group. In this role, he advised high net worth individuals and institutions on asset allocation, manager selection and investment policy. Derek built relationships during that time with a wide network of investment professionals inside and outside the firm. The resources and knowledge gained in that role continue to help Derek when advising our clients today.
Derek holds the distinguished Certified Investment Management AnalystSM (CIMA®) certification, administered by IMCA and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Active in the local community, Derek is a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and currently holds a leadership position on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Frederick Partnership. He is also a 2014 graduate of Leadership Frederick.
Derek earned a degree in Financial Management from The Catholic University of America, where he was the school’s starting quarterback for four years. He and his wife Cheryl live in Frederick with their three children.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, KY, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VI, WA, WI, WV; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures
Sid Huguenin IV is a Financial Advisor with The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley. He focuses on financial planning and retirement planning for high net worth individuals and families. With nearly 15 years of experience in accounting and the financial services industry, Sid provides sophisticated solutions to the complex issues his clients face.
In 2005 Sid began his financial services career as an accountant with Hertzbach & Company, where he acquired skills in tax planning, business valuation, and balance sheet analysis. He then worked in investment banking at Ferris, Baker Watts in 2006. There he further developed his proficiency in analysis and financial modeling. Sid came to Morgan Stanley in 2008.
Sid has attained the elite designations of Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠ (CRPS). As a CFP®, he provides the highest standards of integrity and fiduciary responsibility. The CRPS certification requires a comprehensive understanding of asset management, retirement planning, and assessing pre- and post-retirement needs.
Sid graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 with a major in Economics. Active in his community, Sid is a member of the Antietam Exchange Club, an organization which seeks to create better communities through youth projects and the prevention of child abuse. He also serves as President of the Saint James School Alumni Council. In his free time, he enjoys golf, basketball, and spending time with his family. Sid and his wife have one child.
Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VI, WA, WI, WV; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
Sid III has over 25 years of investment experience that includes 8 years as a Financial Consultant & Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch and 14 years as a First Vice President & Branch Manager of the Hagerstown branch of Legg Mason. Now with Morgan Stanley, he is a full time Wealth Management Specialist and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER focusing on advising high net worth individuals and businesses in order to create and conserve wealth.
Sid is active in the community by serving on several non-profit boards. He is a past Chairman of the Board for Horizon Goodwill Industries as well as a past president of the Hagerstown Exchange Club. He is a former USMC infantry officer and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Economics.
Securities Agent: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VI, WA, WI, WV; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures
Phil Berkheimer is a Vice President of Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley in Frederick, Maryland. He entered the investment business in 1968 with Alex Brown & Sons in Baltimore, and started the Frederick office of Legg Mason in 1976. To provide a broader spectrum of services to his wealth management clients, Phil formed The Berkheimer Group in 1998 with the addition of his daughter, Betsy.
A 45-year veteran of the investment management industry, Phil’s extensive experience adds the historical perspective so helpful to our clients when navigating various market conditions. He finds the opportunity to continue to work with multi-generations of families he’s advised for over 40 years especially gratifying.
Phil has held various volunteer leadership positions in the community, including President of the Rotary Club of Frederick, Director of the Frederick Community College Foundation, Trustee of the Community Foundation of Frederick County and Chairman of the Frederick Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors and Development Council. In addition, he is currently Chairman of the Hood College Board of Trustees.
A native of Hanover, PA, Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Franklin & Marshall College, where he has since served on the Board of Trustees for the Alumni Association. He is a former instrument-rated private pilot and U.S. Marine Corps Officer, whose service included a tour of duty in Vietnam from May 1966 - June 1967. Phil and his wife Marj reside in Frederick Maryland.
Stuart M. Kier is the Group Director for The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley. He manages all day-to-day operations ensuring that each client receives superior client service. Stuart focuses on facilitating close working relationships among the team and their clients. Utilizing the deep knowledge base derived from 17 years in the financial services industry, Stuart serves as the lead administrator for the team’s practice.
In 1991 Stuart began his career in the financial services industry as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. He then became a Mutual Funds Marketing Manager for the firm, where he successfully implemented marketing sales practices from 1991 to 2001. As a Registered Client Associate with Merrill Lynch from 2008 to 2012, Stuart focused on client relationships and was recognized by the firm with an award for outstanding customer service. Stuart joined Morgan Stanley in 2012.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology, Stuart was also a collegiate wrestler. An active volunteer in his community, Stuart provided pet therapy to elders in nursing homes with his dog for several years. He also has coached junior wrestlers in his community. In his free time, Stuart enjoys painting and spending time with his family.
Melissa R. Holt is a Wealth Management Associate with The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley. Collaborating with the team and their clients, Melissa furnishes clients with a comprehensive understanding of the firm’s suite of features and offerings. Taking pride in the exemplary customer service she delivers, Melissa’s goal is to enhance each client’s experience with the team and the firm.
With 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, Melissa offers the team’s clients a wide array of skills and knowledge. She began her career at the First National Bank, and subsequently rose within the Bank to become a personal banker, a financial sales representative, and a branch service manager. She leveraged those banking and management skills to enter the field of Financial Advising, first as a Client Service Associate and then as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley through its predecessors. Whether it be our
A 1992 graduate of Franciscan University, Melissa volunteers at St John Regional Catholic School. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and family.
Kimberly R. Compton is a Registered Associate with The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley. Working closely with the teams’ clients, Kimberly focuses on meeting the day-to-day needs of clients and assisting them with any questions or concerns. She is always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that every client is valued and heard.
Kimberly began her career in customer service with Legg Mason, where she was a Registered Associate for three years. In that role, Kimberly focused on addressing clients’ inquiries and assisting them in resolving issues. Kimberly joined Morgan Stanley in 2014.
Outside the office, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children.
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