People

Expertise & Integrity

We offer our clients a genuinely unique set of skills and expertise, delivered in a high-service model, found with few wealth advisors. 


Institutional Money Management  

Clients receive the benefit of our strong backgrounds in the rigors and quality of high-end institutional investment management. We have over 15 years of experience directly managing assets of over $10 billion for the largest endowments, foundations, universities, corporations, and sovereign wealth funds in the world. We bring those institutional money management best-practices to our clients. 

Family Office Stewardship and Service  

We have also worked directly with many of the largest wealthy family groups in the country – leading and collaborating with their estate, trust, tax, and planning resources as a true fiduciary advisor in service of multiple generations. We bring those stewardship and personal service best-practices to our clients as well.

Cliff Demarest

Managing Principal

 Cliff founded Consilium Wealth Advisory to deliver objective, experienced advice to a select few clients who desire concierge wealth advisory management.  He is experienced in asset and manager selection, portfolio management, stock management, financial planning, trust & estate design, credit and banking, and family wealth stewardship.

Cliff also developed Embark, a career and success guide for young people in collaboration with Stanford University’s Design Your Life program.

Experience

  • Past head of Family Wealth Advisory - Northern Trust

  • Past Chief Investment Officer - Northern Trust

  • Past Institutional Investment Manager - Provident Investment Counsel

  • Certified Personal Wealth Advisor® (CPWA)

Non-Profit Work

  • Founding Board Member - Foundation Outreach International

  • Past Board Member - Dallas Opera and Dallas Children’s Theatre

Education

  • MBA - University of Southern California

Enjoys family travel, biking, volleyball, and non-profit work.

Nick Blankl

Managing Director

Wealth advisor for families and foundations. Based in Portland, Oregon.

Nick advises business owners on preparing for sale and financial security, and teaches classes at the University of Oregon.

Experience

  • Past Chief Investment Officer - Compendium Capital Management

  • Past Portfolio Manager - Roxbury Capital

  • Past Portfolio Manager - Provident Investment Counsel

  • Chartered Financial Analyst - CFA

Non-Profit Work

  • Board Member - International Leadership Academy

Education

  • MBA - University of Southern California

Nick enjoys travel, reading, skiing, mountain biking, golfing and following his college and professional sports teams.

George Townsend

Managing Director

Wealth advisor for families and foundations.

George brings over twenty years of experience to his role as Managing Director for Consilium. In his most recent roles as a Senior Portfolio Manager and as a Portfolio Manager Team Leader he provided transparent, objective investment advice that delivered exceptional investment performance for his clients.

George also helped design Consilium’s Capitalize stewardship program that develops a family’s financial, human, and intellectual capital for multiple generations.

Experience

  • Past lead portfolio manager Northern Trust & US Trust

  • Accounting for non-profit organizations

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

Non-Profit Work

  • George serves on the Corporate Advisory Committee of the Dallas Arboretum

Education

  • MBA - University of Southern California

Enjoys basketball, fishing, comedy, and non-profit work.

Melodie Smith

Administration

Administration, client service, financial planning

Education

  • BA - Texas A&M University
  • Melodie is enrolled in the Certified Financial Planning program

Enjoys travel, gardening, and non-profit work.