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21st Anniversary Woman of Merit

Linda HoustonLinda Houston
Managing Director, New England Market Executive - Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 

Linda Houston began her career at Merrill Lynch 25 years ago as a Client Associate in the Rockefeller Center office in New York. She became a Financial Advisor in 1986 and worked with clients in New York City and Stamford, becoming a member of the Circle of Excellence in 1997 and 1998. She then moved into management, ultimately leading sales teams in Westchester, Connecticut, and Manhattan. For seven years she was named one of the Top Directors/Managing Directors of the firm. In 2009, she became Managing Director of the 5th Avenue office, and in 2010 she was named the Regional Managing Director for the New Jersey Region.

While a Professional Sales Manager from 1995-1998, Linda also coached candidates in the Professional Development Program at the Merrill Lynch Corporate Campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Linda was selected to represent Merrill Lynch's support of the Women's Sports Foundation for the advertorial "Training for Success," featured in the October 1998 issue of Self magazine.

In her home community of Greenwich, Linda was featured in the January 1997 edition of Greenwich Magazine in a lead article entitled, "Women in the Financial Industry." In 2002, Linda attended the Merrill Lynch Women's Leadership Program at Harvard Business School, and she was selected as a participant in the Six Sigma Program.

Linda was a former professional dancer. She also enjoys sports and running. In 1998 and 2000 she participated in the New York City Marathon. She resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband Tom and their two children, Trent (aged 21) and Kristen (aged 17).

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