Monday, April 18, 2016

FINRA Offers Advanced Arbitrator Training Courses

Peter Ambrose began his career in the financial advisory field and leads Merrill Lynch in Northern Virginia with over two decades of experience. Also a former nominated member of Merrill Lynch’s Directors Advisory Council, Peter Ambrose is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrator. FINRA offers a wide range of resources for financial industry professionals, such as advanced arbitrator training courses.

Advanced arbitrator training includes a series of voluntary subject-specific modules for dispute resolution. The modules provide continuing legal education (CLE) credit, and these CLE credits may qualify for arbitrator accreditation by certain state bar associations. FINRA offers two sets of web-based advanced training courses, only one of which requires prior registration. Those that do not require prior registration may be taken at no cost, and consist of a series of video courses that cover topics such as anti-money-laundering, arbitrator expense reporting, and digital recorder operation.

Courses that require prior registration are delivered through FINRA’s Learning Management System, which includes seven online courses. Available courses include chairperson training, expungement training, the direct communication rule, and civility in arbitration, among others.

For more information on advanced arbitrator training courses, visit

Friday, February 19, 2016

Thinking Strategically about Leadership in the Workplace

Peter Ambrose, director for the Merrill Lynch Northern Virginia market, focuses on strategic leadership in the workplace when managing people. Strategic leadership in the workplace is important for managing people effectively during transitional times. Peter Ambrose tries to be proactive about how he manages others by understanding where his employees are coming from, especially as new generations enter the workforce.

As Baby Boomers exit the workplace, new styles of thinking and leadership will come into play. It has been found that Millennials enjoy an unstructured workplace that allows for collaboration. This makes them more likely to adapt to dynamic workplaces. New employees from Generation Z, individuals born after 1998, will also enter the workforce soon. Since these individuals have only known life made possible by Google and social media, they will be proficient with new technology. On the other hand, they may have trouble with communication and conflict resolution.

Knowing about these new types of employees ahead of time will make for more effective communication with employees and better leadership in the workplace.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Guests at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club

A financial services professional with over a decade of experience at Merrill Lynch, Peter Ambrose serves on the American Stock Exchange Disciplinary Committee. Alongside his career in finance, Peter Ambrose enjoys playing golf and maintains membership in the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

Members of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club can bring up to three guests with them during peak use of the course, which occurs before 12 p.m. on weekends and on holidays. At other times, members may have as many as seven guests. Those times include two foursomes Tuesday through Friday and any time after 12 p.m. on holidays and weekends. The one exemption to the rules applies to those entertaining overnight guests: they may have up to seven guests, even before 12 p.m. on weekends and holidays. On Mondays, the limit goes up to 15 guests.

For more information about becoming a member of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, visit

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Posture Tips for the Golfer

In his professional time, Peter Ambrose serves as director of the Northern Virginia marketplace for Merrill Lynch. In his free time, Peter Ambrose of Merrill Lynch enjoys playing golf, and is a member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

As is true for any athlete, posture plays a key role in the development of a golfer's technique. Posture not only dictates a golfer's physical relationship to the ball, but also plays a key role in efficient cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and digestive functions. A golfer who approaches the ball with bad alignment cannot perform at peak, because the body is not performing at peak levels.

Many people in contemporary Western society have what experts call a forward posture, which occurs when the muscles in the hips tighten and pull the pelvis forward. Eventually, the torso pulls forward as well, the shoulder rounds, and the head tips forward. This alignment makes it impossible for the head and shoulders to twist properly, an essential motion for a golfer.

By attending to proper alignment through formal posture correction programs, the golfer can restore full range of motion to the torso and hips. Then, on the golf course, he or she can maintain this strong positioning by bending forward from the waist and keeping the shoulder blades flush against the back. With this straight alignment and a soft knee bend, the golfer can approach the ball with a stronger swing.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Peter Ambrose - Supporting Literacy

As director of Merilll Lynch’s Northern Virginia service area, Peter Ambrose has a significant amount of responsibility. He dedicates a good portion of his time making sure the employees under his direction are performing satisfactorily. However, he also dedicates time to social responsibilities when outside the office.

Mr. Ambrose is involved with the Wish You Well Foundation, which supports existing and developing literacy programs. The organization, founded by Michelle and David Baldacci, helps to fund a multitude of programs across the nation.

David Baldacci’s name may be familiar, as he brings to the table a significant professional investment in literacy. He is the author of 30 novels geared toward adults and five toward young readers.

If you’re looking to make an impact on literacy growth in America, the Wish You Well Foundation may be a venue to do that. The organization accepts donations from corporations and individuals through its website.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America Team Up for Global Build

Experienced financial services executive Peter Ambrose serves as managing director of the Merrill Lynch offices and personnel in northern Virginia. Outside of his activities at Merrill Lynch, Peter Ambrose supports a number of charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.

For the second consecutive year, Habitat for Humanity teamed up with Bank of America for its Global Build, an initiative designed to address affordable housing challenges in communities around the world. During the week-long Global Build, approximately 2,000 Bank of America employees worked with Habitat for Humanity on 75 revitalization projects in the United States and several other countries, including Canada, China, Australia, and India.

Global Build is part of Habitat and Bank of America’s broader partnership, which began as a housing sponsorship program in 1990. Over the years, Bank of America has provided millions of dollars to support Habitat, and Bank of America employees have donated hours upon hours to the nonprofit group’s affordable housing projects. For more details about Global Build or to find information about other Habitat for Humanity activities, visit                            

Friday, December 4, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Releases Its Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report

With over a decade of experience as a Merrill Lynch executive, Peter Ambrose manages the employees and activities at several Merrill Lynch offices as the director of the company’s operations in northern Virginia. Outside of his professional pursuits, Peter Ambrose dedicates his time and resources to several charitable causes and organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.

In 2015, Habitat for Humanity helped improve housing conditions for more than 1.8 million people, according to its recently released annual report, titled Together We Build. The report breaks down Habitat’s efforts by region and highlights some of the stories of individuals and families in over 70 countries who benefited last year from its work, including new home construction projects, renovations and repairs, and disaster-response efforts.

Habitat’s fiscal year 2015 annual report also recognizes the individual donors and sponsors who helped make its recent projects possible. In addition, it identifies how many people have been affected by the organization’s housing opportunities and solutions since Habitat was founded nearly four decades ago. To view the report, visit