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Elk River CEO Chris Freimuth, left, and advisor Brooks Merrifield

Colorado RIA Breaks Away to Form Elk River Wealth Management

Chris Freimuth and his team left BOK Financial Private Wealth to form Elk River Wealth Management.

Advisor Chris Freimuth broke away from BOK Financial Private Wealth, a registered investment advisor in Colorado, to form his own RIA. Wealth Advisor Group Network (WAGN), the practice management company that's partly owned by Merchant Investment Management and supporting the new RIA, made the announcement Monday.

"It may seem like an odd time to start a firm, but we think just the opposite," Freimuth said. "Now more than ever, people are uncertain about their personal and financial well-being, and we stand ready to help."

Elk River Wealth Management offers wealth managment services from its offices in Denver and Phoenix. Freimuth will lead the firm as the CEO and chief investment officer. Rita Koch Day joins Freimuth as chief compliance officer along with Juliet Hull as a financial planner and the director of relationship management. The team has historically managed over $1 billion in assets under management but left BOK at $750 million in AUM.

Advisor Brooks Merrifield will also join Elks River as a senior wealth advisor. Previously, he operated a single-family office, Merrifield & Company, and managed $40 million in AUM. Elk River absorbed his firm.

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