Outstanding Business Leader and Wealth Management Expert to Share Insight with Students

Northwood University 2015 Outstanding Business Leader Melissa Spickler will visit its Michigan campus to address students on Tuesday, April 7th.

Spickler, the Founder of the Spickler Wealth Management Group and a Managing Director at Merrill Lync will share insight with Northwood University’s student body and members of the public relating to her life experiences and strategies for success. The event is free of charge and will be held at Northwood University’s Griswold Lecture Hall at 4:30 p.m. Those interested in confirming their attendance or gaining additional information should contact Dennis R. Witherspoon at 989-837-4827 or withersp@northwood.edu .

Recognized as one of six Northwood University Outstanding Business Leaders at Northwood’s 35th Annual Outstanding Business Leader (OBL) Awards Gala held this past February at The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida, Spickler will also share details with Northwood University’s Capital Asset Management and Real Estate Finance and Analysis classes relating to the importance of creating investment strategies that reflect one’s individualized personality.

Spickler believes that a commitment to excellence, integrity, a collaborative approach and dedicated work ethic are among the reasons that many clients have chosen to remain with her for several decades. An expert of the financial services industry, with more than three decades of accomplishments as a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, she founded The Spickler Group in 1980 and has since turned it into a team serving both individual and institutional accounts.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Law, Spickler became an undercover agent for the Michigan Attorney General.  She then entered the financial services sector, joining Merrill Lynch in 1980, and today helps to motivate, advise, and guide women in transition, executives, businesses, retirees and entrepreneurs as they pursue their financial goals and aspirations.

While coaching and inspiring colleagues to provide clients with highly personalized and efficient services by listening attentively to their requests and addressing their needs, promptly, Spickler continues to fulfill her mission of helping customers identify needs they may not have realized while providing them with the financial tools to create and maintain the lives they desire.

A holder of the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation, Spickler is also a qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing her own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies.

Highly recognized within the industry for superior service, Spickler was named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors and to Registered Rep’s Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Barron’s listed her among America’s 1200 Financial Advisors by State.  Regularly included in a variety of hard copy, television and digital publications she was recently featured on the cover of Barron’s magazine and in recent issues of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Crain’s Detroit Business. The executive director of the Detroit Area Chapter of the Women’s Exchange, Spickler has served a variety of leadership groups and was recently appointed to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.

Northwood University annually recognizes a select group of men and women for their business achievements and for their support and exemplary leadership of the communities in which they live and work. These individuals serve as role models for Northwood University students, all of whom are engaged in the study of business management, as they share anecdotes relating to the obstacles and challenges they encountered while on their personal road to business success, as well as remedies relating to how they overcame them. In the 35 years since the program’s founding, more than 300 business leaders from more than 30 states and several countries, representing dozens of industries and fields of business expertise, have received the Outstanding Business Leader Award.


About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in multiple states and online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan and Texas. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.