Scott Wood

Entering his 25th year in the industry, Scott Wood is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer 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 as one of the first fee-based firms in the country. 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, profitability and marketing 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 Chartered Private Wealth Advisor®. Scott is also an active member in the Investment Management Consulting Association (IMCA). He was recently named to the Dallas 500 as one of the the most influential business leaders in North Texas and one of the top 12 in the Investment Industry. 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.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

February 27, 2019 in Entrepreneurship | by Scott Wood

Four Helpful Tips to Properly Manage Your New-Found Wealth

Imagine winning the lottery. Now, how would you spend that money? It’s a scenario that everyone has thought about at one point in their lives, but the chances of winning the lottery are virtually non-existent, making these dream scenarios nothing more than fantasy. However, it’s not uncommon for... Read More

February 11, 2019 in News & Events | by Scott Wood

Partnering to Benefit Our Clients: The True North Advisors and Western Research & Management Combination

The partnership between True North Advisors and Western Research & Management has been in the works for some time. Our discussion began four years ago while the firms worked together on several investments to benefit high net worth clients. Geographically, both companies serve high net worth... Read More

February 07, 2019 in Entrepreneurship | by Scott Wood

3 Strategic Financial Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid

Entrepreneurs are unique. Aside from the significant risks that entrepreneurs take to get their businesses off the ground, entrepreneurs possess a different makeup. To be successful, entrepreneurs need to have passion, be self-starters, and have a vision for their futures and the futures of their... Read More

February 05, 2019 in Five, Five, Five | by Scott Wood

February 555: Return Expectations, College Insurance Plans, and Fiduciary Advice

In this edition of the 555, we take a look into the fears of an extended bull market, how the generation you fall in affects your market expectations, and why you need to consider an insurance plan when your kids leave for college. Enjoy!  Read More

January 30, 2019 in Year in Review | by Scott Wood

Our Take on the 2018 Market Performance

While markets finished meaningfully down in 2018, looking solely at the year-end numbers masks some important facts. We've summarized some of the key factors that caused the dip in the market, and a few comments on our perspective moving forward.  Read More

Subscribe to our blog

2018 03 Market Recap