Based in Ithaca, New York, Keefe Gorman serves as a managing director at Merrill Lynch. When he is not providing Merrill Lynch clients with wealth management and investing strategies, Keefe Gorman enjoys playing golf and tennis.
There are three primary types of spin shots tennis players can make use of: slice shots, top spin shots, and flat shots.
To hit a slice shot, players must swing their rackets in a downward motion, slicing underneath the ball to create backspin. A slice shot typically moves over the court with a low trajectory and does not bounce very high, making it difficult for opponents to attack. Furthermore, slice shots travel slowly through the air, giving players time to regroup. All told, the slice is an effective defensive shot.
Top spin shots, meanwhile, are achieved by swinging upwards and hitting the ball with a slightly closed racket face. This causes the ball to spin forward at a rapid rate, creating a high arcing trajectory. The top spin helps players maintain control of their shots without sacrificing as much pace compared to a slice shot. On the first bounce, top spin shots jump forward, further amplifying both the offensive and defensive advantages of top spin and testing an opponent’s footwork and timing.
If a slice shot is primarily defensive and a top spin shot is a blend of control and aggression, flat shots are a purely offensive approach. By hitting the ball with a perfectly flat racket face, players impart little to no spin on the ball. This results in a high-paced shot with a flat arc. The lack of net clearance and spin reduces a player’s margin of error, but also puts added pressure on their opponent.
Keefe Gorman of Merrill Lynch is a successful certified financial planner, certified financial manager, and certified special needs advisor in Ithaca, New York. When he isn’t working as a managing director with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman sits on the board of directors for Foodnet Meals on Wheels of Tompkins County.
Serving residents throughout Tompkins County, New York, Foodnet Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to qualifying senior citizens in their homes and provides other supportive social services. To further these efforts, it sponsors supportive public outreach events such as the Mac ‘n Cheese Crawl 2021.
To present the Mac ‘n Cheese Crawl, Foodnet Meals on Wheels partnered with multiple local restaurants, which served smaller portions of their best macaroni and cheese dishes to event participants. These participants bought official Mac ‘n Cheese Crawl passports that enabled them to sample some or all of the available dishes. After tasting each dish, participants could vote for their favorite via email, voicemail, or official event mobile app.
An accomplished investment and wealth management advisor, Keefe Gorman serves as a managing director with Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. A passionate skier, Keefe Gorman is also a member of the World Pro Ski Tour.
Established in 1982, the World Pro Ski Tour presents alpine super slalom ski racing events that pit competitors against one another side-by-side in a single elimination format. The World Pro Ski Tour’s prize money and reputation for top-tier competition attracts a diverse international roster of Olympic athletes and professional skiers.
In August 2020, the World Pro Ski Tour announced a content distribution partnership with the sports media company WAVE.tv. According to a recent agreement, WAVE.tv will share ski racing footage and other World Pro Ski content across a portfolio of 18 social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
WAVE.tv’s published content currently garners 3.2 billion views each month. Its partnership with the World Pro Ski Tour will bring skiing events to an audience of approximately 250 million.
Keefe Gorman works with Merrill Lynch in New York as a wealth manager. In addition to his work with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman also supports Camp Good Days, an organization that provides residential programs (camps) for children with sickle cell anemia and cancer, children who have a parent or sibling with cancer or sickle cell anemia, and children who have lost a parent or sibling with cancer or sickle cell anemia.
This year, in response to social distancing requirements, Camp Good Days moved to a virtual platform and decided to end the week by hosting a parade. In the 41 years since its inception, it has held a week-long camp designed to help children with cancer, but because of the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, organizers had to make changes.
The staff managed to pull together a camp in which the children had a good time. Twelve people volunteered to oversee the activities, and 56 children participated in yoga, games, gymnastics, arts and crafts, baking, and other activities. Afterward, the awards ceremony and sing-a-long that has usually closed the camp was replaced by a drive-through parade.
Named one of the Top 50 brokers in the US by Registered Representative Magazine and one of the Top 100 Advisors by Barron's, Keefe Gorman has served as a broker with Merrill Lynch since 1987. In addition to his role with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman spent eight years as a board member with Foodnet/Meals on Wheels of Tompkins County.
To support its mission of alleviating hunger among Tompkins County seniors, the Foodnet Meals on Wheels program aims to preserve dignity and independence as it delivers hot meals directly to clients’ homes. Any adult aged 60 and over who is homebound due to an accident or illness is eligible for meal delivery. Additionally, the program is available to seniors who do not have resources such as a refrigerator or stove, those who are unable to shop for themselves, or those who lack the knowledge and experience to prepare nutritious meals.
In some cases, non-elderly disabled individuals may be eligible under the program, as may non-disabled individuals who wish to purchase meals under the Foodnet Select program.
Keefe Gorman is a managing director of investments and a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in New York. Outside of his work, Keefe Gorman is a member of the World Pro Ski Tour and an avid skier.
Mr. Gorman ranked ninth on the 2019 World Pro Ski Tour despite missing a major event in Beaver Creek, Colorado. He went on to compete at Waterville Valley and Steamboat Springs to secure a Top 10 finish, just five points behind eighth-place competitor Jake Schibli.
Phil Brown of Canada, meanwhile, not only finished the season in first place but earned Rookie of the Year honors. He won in Waterville and Steamboat Springs, and finished second at Beaver Creek to Garrett Driller. Driller, who is a rookie from the United States, and fellow American Alex Leever finished second and third in the season, respectively, despite both players missing the Waterville Valley event.
The complete World Pro Ski Tour rankings can be found online at www.worldproskitour.com.
An economics alumnus of St. Lawrence University, Keefe Gorman is a Merrill Lynch managing director who supports a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Shelter Box USA, and the American Cancer Society. Beyond his professional and philanthropic endeavors, Keefe Gorman enjoys watching hockey.
Hockey fans were offered a glimpse of the game's future stars on June 21 as the National Hockey League (NHL) held its annual draft in Vancouver, Canada. The New Jersey Devils, which jumped up two spots by winning the draft lottery, selected American forward Jack Hughes with the first overall pick, while the New York Rangers selected Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko with the second.
Although he was born in Orlando, Florida, Hughes grew up playing hockey in Toronto as his father Jim worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He later played 50 games with the US National Team Development Program and registered 112 points. He's the eighth US native to be selected first overall in the draft.
Kakko, meanwhile, recorded 38 points in 45 games with TPS Turku of SM-liiga, Finland's top professional league. He also scored the game-winning goal in Finland's 3-2 win over the US in the finals of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and later won gold with Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Kirby Dach (Chicago), Bowen Byram (Colorado), and Alex Turcotte (Los Angeles) rounded out the top five selections.
Named to Forbes' Best in State Wealth Advisors list for 2019, Keefe Gorman is a Certified Financial Planner who serves as managing director at an Ithaca, New York, Merrill Lynch affiliate. A former collegiate skier at St. Lawrence University, Keefe Gorman continues to ski as part of the World Pro Ski Tour (WPST).
The WPST is a dual alpine skiing tour that includes events in the US and Canada with Olympic-caliber athletes. In addition to hosting these events, the WPST operates a podcast that features interviews with some of the biggest names in skiing. The guest on its most recent edition was Bernhard Knauss, who holds the distinction as the only skier to surpass $1 million in career earnings on the pro tour.
A native of Austria, Knauss failed to win a medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics and had limited World Cup success, but was a standout on the U.S. Pro Tour in the late 1980s and 1990s. He retired toward the end of the 20th century with nearly $1.5 million in earnings.
On the podcast, Knauss discusses his initial move to the US and what made him so successful in the dual-skiing format. In addition, he talks about former competitors like Phil Mahre and discussed some ways in which the WPST can grow in popularity.
A financial solution professional, Keefe Gorman serves as the managing director at Merrill Lynch in New York. In addition to his professional activities, Keefe Gorman is a member of the World Pro Ski Tour.
Specializing in the dual format in the field of alpine ski racing, the World Pro Ski Tour hosts events across the United States. The Tour recently concluded its 2019 season with the Visit Maine Pro Ski Championships finale. The finale took place in Sunday River, Maine, with Robert Cone of Vermont winning the main event and going home with $8,500 in prize money.
The World Pro Ski Tour announced the overall season winners at the final event. Taking first place was Phil Brown of Ontario, Canada, who also earned the title of Tito’s Rookie of the Year. Brown's complete earnings were $21,600. The second place winner was Garret Driller with Alex Leever finishing in third place.
An experienced professional in the finance industry, Keefe Gorman serves as the managing director at Merrill Lynch. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Keefe Gorman is active in several community-oriented organizations, including serving as a member of the Allyn Family Foundation.
Dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Central New York, the Allyn Family Foundation is a philanthropic organization that builds collaborative community partnerships to facilitate permanent social change. Among its recent activities, the Foundation successfully applied for a $3 million private grant for the economic development of the City of Syracuse alongside local organizations Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, Onondaga County, and the city. The joint application for the grant was coordinated and led by CenterState.
JP Morgan Chase awarded the grant to Syracuse after besting nearly 250 other U.S. cities. The resulting funds will be used to overhaul the city’s tech industry, train workers, and ensure veterans, women, and minorities benefit from the development. CenterState coordinated the grant application to assist the Syracuse Surge, an innovative plan by Mayor Ben Walsh to develop the city’s economy.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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