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May 7, 2013 – Mark Correa, pictured here, assumed the position of vice president and resident director of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Long Beach on April 1. Correa, who holds a degree in business economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, got his start in financial services in 1992 with Merrill Lynch in Chicago. He came back to California in 1998 and got a job with Smith Barney in 2002. He returned to Merrill Lynch five years ago and has since worked in several offices, including Century City, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes and now Long Beach. Early in his career, Correa said he focused on working with professional baseball players. “I still have some of those clients who have now gone through their career,” he told the Business Journal. “That has been fun.” His client base is a bit narrower than the typical advisor’s 300- to 400-client book, which has given him “the flexibility to manage and help build the office through recruiting.”  Whether it’s clients or the advisors in the office, Correa said he got involved in management to help out. “It’s about solving problems and helping people achieve their goals,” he said. “That’s the satisfaction of being part of the positive progress.” Correa said he believes that the combination of local, longtime Long Beach residents on staff and one of the largest 401k groups supporting small business in the area will make the Long Beach-based Merrill Lynch advisors part of a resurgence of activity and excitement in Downtown Long Beach. “All of us are pushing to make this a hub again,” he said. (Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville)

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