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The Peregrine Private Client Group Team

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The Peregrine Private Client Group 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.

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DAVID CAREY,

Designation: CIMA®

FINANCIAL ADVISOR, MANAGING DIRECTOR-INVESTMENTS
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Dave Carey is the founding member of The Peregrine Private Client Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. which provides wealth management services to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, affluent individuals and families, charitable entities and tax and legal professionals. Named a Forbes’ 2021 “Best-in State Wealth Advisor” Dave has over 35 years of experience in wealth management, including asset allocation, professional money management and alternative investments for qualified investors.

Growing up in a large family, Dave learned the importance of financial security at a young age. Since beginning his investment career with Smith Barney Harris Upham in 1983, Dave has been committed to helping his clients understand, define and achieve their financial goals. Dave joined Oppenheimer in 1987 and has held a variety of roles at the Firm, beginning as a research analyst and Director of Marketing for the Firm’s proprietary Merger Arbitrage Department, before rising to manage its Private and Corporate Services Group based in New York. In 1995, he opened Oppenheimer’s San Francisco office before returning to his private investment practice to serve his clients full-time.

Today, 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.

Dave 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.

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 Series 3, 7, 8, 63 and 65 licenses. He also has his Life Insurance License.

In his spare time he enjoys biking, skiing and travelling with his wife and three daughters.

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BRIAN MURPHY,

Designation: AIF®

FINANCIAL ADVISOR, SENIOR DIRECTOR-INVESTMENTS
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As Senior Director – Investments, 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).

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NILEY SHRESTHA,

Designation: CPWA®

FINANCIAL ADVISOR, SENIOR DIRECTOR-INVESTMENTS
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Niley Shrestha is Senior Director – Investments 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. 

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JACOB (JACK) ROSE

FINANCIAL ADVISOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-INVESTMENTS
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Jack brings twenty-seven years of institutional financial services experience in research sales to his role as Executive Director – Investments.  Helping clients pursue and achieve their goals has been Jack’s driving inspiration.  This has been accomplished by working with the utmost integrity, compassion and desire to truly understand those things that are most important to his clients.

Prior to joining The Peregrine Private Client Group, Jack worked as a Managing Director at Guggenheim Securities where he was Head of West Coast Equities Distribution.  He also worked at Macquarie Capital, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch in San Francisco and London.  After graduating from Bates College with a BA in Economics, Jack later attended The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA where he earned his MBA in Finance.  He also holds Series 3, 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses.

Outside of the office, Jack lives with his wife and two children in Marin County.  He has been active with the Type 1 Diabetes community, is an avid golfer, a reasonable lead singer, finds travel transformational and hopes to one day be on a nationally televised game show. 

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ERIC DANIEL SCHULKIN,

Designation: CFP®

FINANCIAL ADVISOR
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Eric Schulkin is a Senior Financial Advisor 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.

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MITCHELL HICKEY,

Designation: CFP®

FINANCIAL WEALTH ASSOCIATE
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Mitch Hickey joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as an Associate Financial Advisor in July of 2015. He provides day-to-day support to a variety of clients through portfolio management, managing their cash flow needs, and designing and recommending holistic planning strategies. Mitch also conducts fundamental qualitative research and performs analysis on traditional and alternative investments.

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 6, 7, 63, and 65 licenses, as well as his California Insurance License.

Mitch was born and raised in San Francisco and Marin County. Outside of work you can catch him enjoying the city or riding his motorcycles throughout wine country.

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NICHOLAS STERLING,

Designation: AIF®, CFP®

ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL
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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).

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STEVEN E. WESTHYDEMAN

SENIOR FINANCIAL ASSOCIATE
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As part of The Peregrine Private Client Group at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in San Francisco, Steven’s goal is to help the team operate as a cohesive unit by delivering performance analytics, portfolio generation, trade order entry and keeping historical data organized and current. Leveraging his unique perspective and adaptability, Steven takes pride in working with complex data and presenting it concisely and clearly regardless of the client’s profession and investment experience.

Steven started his career in the financial services industry at Capital Group in 2003, where he was responsible for servicing mutual fund accounts within the American Funds division on behalf of financial advisers and shareholders, and ultimately becoming a Corporate Trainer for the firm. Since then, he has developed a broad knowledge-base and wealth of experience responding to the needs of clients and advisors alike while also building their trust and respect.

Steven grew up in a military family, migrating between San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Dallas/Fort Worth. After 30 years, he returned to San Francisco, as the song says, “Where he left his heart.” When not at the office, Steven enjoys exploring the city’s remarkably unique architecture and history and volunteering with GLIDE Church, a radically inclusive organization dedicated to alleviating suffering, loving unconditionally and breaking down cycles of poverty and marginalization. 

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RHONDA RICHARDSON

GROUP ANALYTICAL ASSOCIATE
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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, 63 & 66 certifications.

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JANICE BARDALES

CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE
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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.

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ANDREW SCHLEGEL

CLIENT SERVICE ASSOCIATE
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Drew Schlegel joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in June of 2021 as a Client Service Associate. He supports the team by helping in account opening, wire and securities transfers and many of the other everyday tasks that foster strong relationships with our clients. Drew currently holds a FINRA Securities Series 7 certification.

Before joining Oppenheimer, Drew also completed an internship at wealth management firm, Intersect Capital.

Drew most recently graduated from the University of California-Berkeley where he got an entrepreneurship and digital marketing graduate certificate while starting at fullback on the football team. Prior to that, Drew earned his BA in finance from the University of Kentucky where he also played fullback on a top 10 ranked Kentucky team that won the Citrus Bowl. He grew up in Colorado where he snowboards, goes to rodeos, and visits alpaca farms. In his free time, Drew loves travelling to small, unknown towns to explore and watch local minor league and college sports games. 

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