Boutique Client Service Approach

Our team of investment professionals has diverse backgrounds in the investment management industry.

Our team of investment professionals has diverse backgrounds in the investment management industry; we have experience with hedge funds, sell-side investment banks, global fixed-income investment management, Wall Street brokerage firms, and asset management firms.

Our Team

Scott Burns

Principal, Portfolio Manager, and Chief Executive Officer

sburns2Scott joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in September of 2001. Scott was named the firm’s Managing Principal in 2004. Prior to joining Woodmont, Scott was a portfolio manager of an equity-focused hedge fund. Scott also worked on the sell-side as an analyst at SunTrust Equitable Securities (formerly Equitable Securities and now SunTrust RH Securities), conducting fundamental research on a variety of technology and business services companies.

Scott is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Nashville. He serves on the Board of Directors of Abe’s Garden—a not for profit, memory care community and organization that improves the quality of care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

 

Stephen A. Frohsin

Principal, Portfolio Manager, and Chief Compliance Officer

sfrohsinStephen joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2004 as a principal and portfolio manager. Stephen also serves as the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Woodmont, Stephen was a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services (formerly J. C. Bradford & Co. and PaineWebber, Inc.) from 1997 to 2004. Stephen also worked as a consultant for Advisory Board Co. (ABCO). Stephen earned a BA in political science from Vanderbilt University. Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Kiwanis Club (elected President in 2013) and the Kiwanis of Nashville Foundation. He has previously served on the Board of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and Congregation Micah.

Will Edwards Settle

Principal, Portfolio Manager

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Will Ed joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2011 upon the merger of Woodmont and Teleion Capital, LLC, an investment management firm which he co-founded in 2002. At Teleion Capital, Will Ed was a Principal and Co-Manager of the Teleion Fund I, LP.  Prior to forming Teleion Capital in February of 2002, Will Ed was a Research Analyst in the equity capital markets division of Raymond James & Associates (NYSE: RJF) and SunTrust Equitable Securities (formerly Equitable Securities and SunTrust RH Securities), which he joined in May 1999. Will Ed received a Doctor of Jurisprudence and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in May 1999 and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1994. Will Ed passed the Tennessee Bar exam in 1999. Will Ed is a member of the Board of KIPP Academy Nashville, a public charter school serving at-risk youth serving as its chair from 2008 to 2012.  He is also a Trustee for the Junior League of Nashville’s endowment and serves on the investment committee for the private trust company of a large midwestern family.  Will Ed also has been active in Vanderbilt University’s alumni affairs and was a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trustees as an alumni trustee from 1994 to 1998.  In 2020, he joined the board of directors for a community bank that has been serving his hometown and the surrounding area for over a century.  

Grace S. Bennett, CFA

Senior Vice president, Portfolio Manager

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Grace joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2019 as a Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor.  Prior to joining Woodmont, Grace was at Investure, LLC in Charlottesville, VA.  At Investure, Grace worked with foundation and endowment clients across the U.S. focusing on client relations and ESG-related investment research. Prior to joining Investure, Grace worked for Diversified Trust in Nashville helping manage the firm’s private equity platform and was a fellow with Gray Matter Capital working with low income schools in Hyderabad, India.

Grace began her career in Atlanta with wealth management firm, SignatureFD, after graduating from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Finance. Grace currently serves on the board for St. Luke’s Community House. She is a CFA® charter holder, member of the CFA Institute, and CFA Nashville Society.

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Nicole Hughes, CPA, CFP®

Senior Vice president, wealth advisor

Nicole joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2021 as a Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor and Director of Tax Planning. Prior to joining Woodmont, Nicole was a Tax Advisor at SBK Financial in Richmond, Virginia for 5 years where she focused on providing comprehensive financial planning and strategic tax advice to high-net-worth individuals and their families. Nicole began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 3 years where she assisted individuals and entities with tax compliance after graduating with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Nicole has earned the CPA designation given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She also holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.  

Joshua A. Ireland

chief operating officer

JI headshotJosh joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2019 to serve as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Woodmont, Josh was the Chief Operating Officer of The Tisdale Group, LLC, a technology startup based in Middle Tennessee. He also worked for six years as a director at Covenant Capital Management, a Nashville- based quantitative investment firm, where he oversaw firm operations, analytics and client communication. Josh began his career as a nuclear fuels engineer with Constellation Energy. He has also worked as an equity research analyst for a sell-side firm serving institutional clients and a buy-side investment management firm focused on Asian emerging markets. 

Josh graduated in 2008 with a B.S. of Nuclear and Radiological Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for Persist Nashville- a local nonprofit seeking to increase the college graduation rate among Metro Nashville students. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Paul Christian Academy and a member of Nashville Young Leaders Council Class 74.

Lindsay A. Youngbauer, CFP®, RICP®

Senior Vice president, wealth advisor

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Lindsay joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2019 as a Wealth Advisor and Director of Financial Planning. Prior to joining Woodmont, Lindsay was a Vice President at Diversified Trust Company. At Diversified, Lindsay was a member of the Wealth Strategies Team focusing on providing comprehensive financial planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. Lindsay began her career at Reliance Trust Company in Atlanta, GA where she was an Assistant Vice President supporting investment and trading operations.

Lindsay holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. She also has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation from the American College of Financial Services. She received a Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and is a member of the Financial Planning Association®. Lindsay was a member of the Nashville Young Leaders Council-Class 72.

Brian Kopinski, CFA

VICE President, Investment Operations & Research

Brian joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2021 as Vice President Investment Operations and Research. Prior to joining Woodmont, Brian was a Senior Performance Analyst at Harris Associates in Chicago, IL for 9 years. At Harris, Brian served as an analytical resource for the portfolio management and marketing departments. Prior to joining Harris, Brian worked for the Bank of Montreal in Milwaukee providing support for model portfolios in the firm's asset allocation platform.

Brian holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Brian is also a CFA® charter holder, holds a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement TM (CIPM®) and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Cade Schacher

Associate wealth advisor

Cade joined Woodmont Investment Counsel in 2021 as an Associate Wealth Advisor. Prior to joining Woodmont, Cade was a Private Client Banker for JP Morgan Chase Bank in College Station, TX.  While with JP Morgan Chase Cade assisted high-net-worth families and business owners with their banking and financial planning needs. In this role Cade developed a passion for comprehensive financial planning and solving complex issues for clients.

Originally from Denver, CO, Cade received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Regis University. He is currently pursuing the CFP® designation through Texas A&M University and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association.


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    Woodmont Investment Counsel., LLC
    401 Commerce Street
    Suite 5400
    Nashville, TN 37219
  • Phone
    (615) 297-6144
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