Meet the Team
The Peregrine Private Client Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. has over 100 years of combined wealth management experience helping our clients and their families build long-term financial security. Three members of our Group hold the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Boards of Standards, Inc., one member holds the Certified Investment Management Analysis designation from the Investment & Wealth Institute, one member holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation from the Investment & Wealth Institute and in addition two members hold the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. We strive to be a technical resource for our clients and stay on top of changes in the Financial Services industry. Our guiding principles are:
- A personal touch – we strive to build personal relationships with each of our clients and believe there is value in prompt, in-person service. We listen to what you say and then develop a customized strategy that aligns with your best financial interests.
- Unconventional ideas, results-oriented – we believe in challenging conventional investment strategies and using data-driven analysis to take calculated risks. As we learn more about your financial goals, we take a proactive approach to adjusting your financial plan.
- We love what we do – our team is comprised of empathetic problem solvers committed to serving you. We understand that managing your finances can be stressful and our goal is to help ease the burden as much as possible.
Dave Carey, Managing Director – Investments is a founding member of The Peregrine Private Client Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Together with his team, Dave provides wealth management services to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, affluent individuals and families, charitable entities, as well as tax and legal professionals.
With over 35 years of experience in wealth management, Dave specializes in asset allocation, professional money management, and alternative investments for qualified investors. Dave is proud to lead a team of highly-experienced professionals dedicated to providing their clients with objective advice and a level of service that goes beyond traditional investment advisory.
He is a member of Oppenheimer’s prestigious Chairman’s Council, which recognizes the Firm’s Top 40 Financial Advisors and is also a member of The President’s Advisory Council of Oppenheimer Asset Management, Inc. (“OAM”). He is a member of FINRA’s NYSE Hearing Board, a Trustee of the Compassionate Friends Foundation, and is a past Trustee of the Drew School. Additionally, Dave has won the Best-In-State Wealth Advisor by Forbes/Shook from 2019-2023.
Dave received his Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation from the Investment & Wealth Institute through coursework at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dave holds the FINRA Series 3, 7, 8, 63 and 65 registrations.
A proud husband and father, Dave and his wife, Kathy, have three daughters. He enjoys biking, skiing, and travelling with his family in his spare time.
As a founding member of The Peregrine Private Client Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Brian Murphy takes a holistic approach to client service, supporting his clients in everything from insurance and asset allocation to tax efficient investment strategies. His clients include families, businesses, high net worth individuals and endowments.
Brian joined Oppenheimer over twenty years ago and received his Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. He is dedicated to helping his clients make the best possible financial decisions by offering them objective, transparent advice. He believes that having a sound financial plan is the key to a successful future and he strives to ensure his clients have a firm understanding of their long-term financial goals.
Brian is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and is an active member of the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Hibernian Newman Club of San Francisco. He attended the St. Ignatius School and received his BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Brian holds FINRA Series 7, 63 & 65 licenses as well as his California Life Insurance License (#0G64009).
Niley Shrestha is a founding member of The Peregrine Private Client Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. In Niley’s twenty eight years of experience, he has worked for Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, and at Oppenheimer (from 1996 to 1998). He rejoined Oppenheimer in 2005.
Niley’s goal is to help clients succeed by combining their capital with innovative ideas in an environment of impeccable integrity and client-friendly service. He welcomes his clients’ other trusted advisors, such as CPAs and attorneys, onto the team to help them achieve the clients’ financial goals. In order to provide an especially informed perspective of a total financial picture, Niley has pursued coursework and certification in several related fields. He is well versed in sector allocation, retirement planning strategies, education funding, insurance, as well as in traditional and non-traditional investments. He also holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® title from the Investments and Wealth Institute.
Niley was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. At age 18 he won a full academic scholarship to Colby College, thus gaining entrance to the U.S. He earned a BS in Physics, but was drawn to the financial services industry.
Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his two children. Niley is a strong believer in giving back to the community. Therefore he has pursued many service interests in the past, such as serving as the President of Nepal Association of Northern California, being a Board member of a Nepalese orphanage, and is one of the founders of Annual Father Daughter Dance that raises funds for Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Niley is also an active member of the Global Nepali Professional Network.
Elisabeth Sorensen, Executive Director – Investments, is a member of The Peregrine Private Client Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Elisabeth has over 30 years of experience in Institutional Fixed Income sales and trading, and provides investment managers of large financial firms, as well as family offices, with expertise in bond selection, research and portfolio strategies. Alongside her institutional clients, Elisabeth works with individual clients, bringing her many years of expertise in bond selection and portfolio construction, in low risk, higher return investments.
As a member of The Peregrine Private Client Group, Elisabeth shares the wealth of expertise with her clients in holistic portfolio management, retirement planning, alternative investments, annuities, insurance, and education funding. Elisabeth joined Oppenheimer in 2010, and holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 65, and 79TO registrations.
Elisabeth was born and raised in Minnesota, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, from the University of Utah, and today lives north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. She’s an avid hiker in the beautiful hills of Marin, rows on the Bay as a member of the Sausalito Open Water Rowing Club, and is an active member of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
ERIC DANIEL SCHULKIN,
Eric Schulkin is a is an associate director of investments with The Peregrine Private Client Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. Eric helps clients understand and address their financial needs through developing dynamic financial and investment strategies. He is experienced in retirement and education planning, managing inheritances and navigating liquidity events through a holistic equity and risk management analysis. Eric’s clients span various industries including law, media, medicine and advertising with a focus on executives and entrepreneurs in technology.
Eric joined Oppenheimer in January, 2018 after spending several years with a wealth management firm in Santa Monica. Eric holds the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, 65 licenses as well as a California Insurance License (#0J02640).
Active in the community, Eric currently sits on the Board of Trustees of his high school, Drew School in San Francisco. Previously, he served as Treasurer and board member of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aged Young Men’s Division charity. He is a native San Franciscan and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kenyon College. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, attending concerts, experiencing new restaurants and traveling to new places.
Mitch Hickey joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as an Associate Financial Advisor in July of 2015. He is now our group director that reviews client portfolios, executes changes, and manages our Team's operational and administrative tasks. Mitch’s current focus is on investing and portfolio construction, this includes 10b5-1 Plan execution, client relations, and alternative investment management. Think of him as our Team’s Swiss Army knife.
Mitch first developed a passion for helping people achieve financial security while interning as a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual for three years during college. He graduated from Sonoma State University with his BBA in Financial Management. Mitch holds the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. and holds FINRA Series 7 & 66 licenses, as well as his California Insurance License.
Mitch was born and raised in San Francisco and Marin County. He is a proud husband to his wife, Shelbi and new parent to a wonderful son. He has always valued the importance of strong family bonds and the joy they bring.
Designation: AIF®, CFP®
Nick Sterling is an Associate Financial Professional with The Peregrine Private Client Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. He works with high net worth individuals and creates comprehensive financial and retirement plans, helping to serve as a roadmap for clients' long-term planning. He knows transparency is a key aspect of building a trustworthy relationship.
Over the course of his career, Nick has developed a reputation for providing individualized, white glove service. He began his career at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. in their Financial Consultant Academy. During his wealth management training, he focused on supporting clients efficiently through a variety of trading and investment services. Nick then joined JPMorgan Chase as a Chase Private Client Banker, managing day-to-day banking, investment and home-lending needs of his book of clients.
Nick grew up in Northern California and earned his BA in Finance from the University of Oregon – Charles H. Lundquist College of Business. He is an avid collegiate and professional sports fan who loves to get out on the golf course on the weekends. He enjoys outdoor activities, especially fly fishing & hiking with his two dogs & wife.
Nick holds the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. and has also earned the AIF® Designation in 2021. Attainment of the AIF Designation demonstrates understanding of the Prudent Practices® and methodology. Nick also has his FINRA Series 7 & 66 licenses as well as Life-Only Agent & Variable Contracts Agent License (ID: 0M34859).
Rhonda manages reporting and supports day-to-day client operations.
Before joining Oppenheimer, Rhonda worked in the manufacturing industry after time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a private equity fund. She earned her BS in Finance from Arizona State University and holds a FINRA Securities Series 7 & 66 certifications.
Janice Bardales has worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 20 years in both Client Service and Operational roles, previously with Morgan Stanley and First Republic. She has been at Oppenheimer for 15 years and joins our team after excelling in the Branch Operations Group.
Janice is the foundational support that our Team builds from and grows off of every day. She supports all team procedures involved in account opening, wire and securities transfers, team organization and many of the other everyday tasks that foster strong relationships with our clients. Janice’s previous roles combined complement one another to make her a very valuable addition to the Carey Team.
Janice is a Bay Area native, loves to travel and do yoga. Her cat Sophie keeps her busy and often joins us on our Team video conference calls.
Sandy has been in the financial services industry with Oppenheimer for over 20 years, mainly in the Operations department. She has provided administrative support to Financial Advisors and Client Service Associates in day to day transactions. She recently joined the Peregrine Private Client Group this year as a Client Service Associate after taking a hiatus from the financial industry to gain some real estate experience with Sotheby’s International Realty.
Sandy currently supports all members of our team including account opening, transfer of funds and securities, scheduling and maintaining the daily workflow. She is a vital part of the foundation that supports our client on a day to day basis.
Sandy was born and raised in San Francisco and loves to travel and bake with her husband.