Welcome to Blackwater
Wealth Management

We understand that a lot is riding on your financial success. It’s not about adding to your account balance; it’s about improving your life and providing for those who matter most to you. We offer a wide range of custom financial solutions to help you do just that. We serve as your financial advocate through life’s challenges, offering insight and strategies to help you live life on your terms.

As your financial quarterback, we strive to simplify your economic life, streamline your accounts and keep you informed. We understand that we can’t be all things to all people, so we take time to get to know you before entering into an advisory relationship. We’ll let you know if we’re not the right fit for you

We aim to work with people with whom we can make significant and impactful improvements to their financial condition, ultimately with a goal to help you pursue your dreams.

Meet Our Team

Mark Franco

Managing Director

As Managing Director of Blackwater Wealth Management, Mark is a financial quarterback coordinating all aspects of his clients’ financial lives. He strives to build long-term client relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and education. Mark takes time to understand his client’s particular goals and challenges to develop custom financial solutions to help them live life to the fullest. Mark’s personalized approach has helped hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses implement financial, retirement and education plans that work for them, not against them.

Mark has more than 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before founding Blackwater Wealth Management, he was a financial advisor and senior vice president at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. His experience includes serving as senior vice president at Wells Fargo and senior vice president at A.G. Edwards.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and has passed the FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 exams, registrations held through LPL Financial. He resides in North Haven, Connecticut, with his wife of 26 years, Elizabeth, and their three children, Olivia, Matteo, and Luke. Their other family members include Reece, an American Staffordshire Terrier, and Beebe (“BB”), a beloved mixed rescue dog.

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Why Name the Firm

As a child, Mark Franco, spent many summers enjoying the beach at his grandparents’ cottage in Branford, Connecticut. As his grandfather taught Mark to swim, he issued the constant reminder to, “always respect the water.” As Mark grew older and began enjoying other water activities, such as diving off the rocks, boating, fishing, and windsurfing, he never forgot his grandfather’s words, “always respect the water.”

Mark believes investing has much in common with his summers at the beach. While there are many benefits to enjoy, you must always respect the market, its history, and its potential for turmoil. Like the markets, the water in Branford was dark and murky, appearing black even on the sunniest days. It is a constant reminder to remain vigilant, which is the approach Blackwater takes when working with clients – enjoy the ride but always respect the water.