William “Rick” Blanke is a Managing Director and Partner of Blanke Schein Wealth
Management. He has more than four decades of experience as an investment professional. Rick
focuses his talents on serving the investment needs of clients, corporations and foundations,
lending his knowledge to the implementation of wealth management strategies and focusing
on fixed-income investments.
Prior to joining Hightower, Rick spent 30 years at Morgan Stanley, 17 of which were as a Branch
Manager. He was a Select member of the Fixed Income Department (FID), a designation exclusively available to the firm’s top fixed-income advisors.
Rick was named a 2014 and 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager awardee. Rick is also an Accredited
Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®). Administered by fi360, the professional designation is the
industry's first and only designation that demonstrates knowledge and competency in fiduciary excellence. He also holds the Series 4, 5, 7, 12, 63, 65 licenses and is a CA Insurance License
In addition to his duties as a financial advisor, he is deeply committed to serving his community.
He is a Trustee of the Family YMCA of the Desert, where he also served on the board for over
25 years. Rick also served as a member of the Board of Directors for The College of the Desert
Foundation for nearly 10 years, previously acting as a member of the Planned Gift Committee.
Rick enjoys playing guitar, is an avid snow skier and is passionate about vintage cars. He resides
in Rancho Mirage with his wife, has three adult children and ten grandchildren.