Entering his 25th year in the industry, Scott Wood is Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of True North Advisors. Believing that a fee-based rather than commission-based structure is the standard for truly impartial investment advice, Scott partnered with Mark Gehlbach to found True North Advisors, a fee-based firm in Dallas, Texas.
Scott is the architect of the firm’s vision, strategy and culture and is a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee. He also shares responsibility for shaping the growth and profitability of the firm. Scott holds the distinction of being a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA) – awarded by the Wharton School of Business – and is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA). Scott is also an active member in the Investment Management Consulting Association (IMCA). He was also listed in D CEO: Dallas 500, Banking and Finance (2017).
At heart, Scott is an entrepreneur. After graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics, Scott began his career at Chase Manhattan Investment Services, New York, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of this new venture’s privately managed accounts and trading operations. He moved to Dallas with Chase and began working within a fee-based structure. While there, Scott was recognized as a top-ten producer in Chase’s national network, embracing the entrepreneurial latitude he was afforded to conduct business in a new, client-centric way. A visionary in terms of guiding principles, Scott moved to Lockwood Financial, the only independent advisory platform at the time, because he knew the company represented the future of the industry. With experience to round out his philosophies, Scott left to start True North Advisors to expand the services he could offer in a fee-based environment. Today, as a leader in the industry, he continues to advocate against conflicts of interest that compromise objectivity and transparency for the client.
Locally, Scott is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and is currently serving as Chair of the Retirement Plan Committee for the Club. He is the Vice Chair of the North Texas Young Presidents’ Organization, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Tom Landry FCA Foundation. Additionally, he is a Board Member of the Men’s Advocacy Group (MAG), a branch of New Friends New Life. He is a dedicated family man who enjoys health, fitness and giving back to the community and his church. His passions include spending time with his family as well as surfing, snow skiing, and anything outdoors.