My Background

Ed Hecker Director/Investments Branch Manager Melbourne Florida Stifel

I understand that wealth management is more than just the wide range of financial services and strategies you can access at Stifel.  It is how those services are developed and delivered to help you pursue your goals.  That's why I offer a customized approach to wealth management, built on personal relationships and shaped by an understanding of your needs and aspirations.  To help manage your wealth, I call upon the advisory and investment brokerage capabilities of Stifel – one of the nation's leading wealth management firms.

I have more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.  This means I have worked with clients in good and bad times.  Not only have I studied these periods and gone through extensive training, I also have real hands-on experience working with my clients to see them through a wide variety of economic cycles.  All of this enables me to be better prepared to help my clients pursue their individual goals of retirement, education for their children, travel, leaving a lasting legacy to the next generation, and much more.  These experiences have taught me to minimize risk when possible and help my clients focus on their longer term goals.  This can help potentially avoid some of the most common mistakes and may help my clients not be swayed by short-term swings in the markets or economy.

Prior to joining Stifel, I worked at firms such as UBS, E.F. Hutton, Dean Witter, PaineWebber, Lincoln Financial (formerly Cigna Corporation), and Alliance Bernstein.  I am currently a Director/Investments at the Melbourne branch of Stifel, where I serve the needs of working professionals and retirees.  Among my areas of focus are wealth building and preservation and retirement planning.  As a lifelong resident of Brevard County, it is my honor and privilege to help those in our community pursue their goals with personalized strategies.

Beyond holding Series 7, 8, 63, and 65 securities licenses, I also hold life and health insurance licenses.  I hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional (CFP®) and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) certifications.

Outside of the office, I enjoy golf, am active in my church as a teacher in men's ministries, and support the American Cancer Society and American Red Cross.  My wife, Janet, and I have two daughters, and we live in Viera.