I’ve worked in the securities industry since 1992, starting with a training period at Dean Witter Reynold’s headquarters in New York — where I first began developing my skills in asset allocation, modern portfolio theory, and institutional money management. My experience at Prudential deepened my appreciation of the financial services industry’s role in estate planning and retirement planning — and with it, the importance of understanding the total financial picture for individuals and companies I serve.
Outside my chosen profession, I’ve pursued a number of rewarding personal and community service endeavors. The one most closely associated with my practice stemmed from the purchase and restoration of our office building (the Montgomery Building in Homewood’s historic Rosedale Community) — which is LEED Certified. Learning about sustainable concepts was such an inspiration that we created The Green Resource Center — a 501(c) 3 to promote social, economic, and environmental practices. The response was overwhelming: The Center was honored with four humanitarian awards and received multiple support grants.
I founded Walton Financial in 1999 and hold FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Being my own boss allows me to help people plan for life's events in a much more complete way. I’m deeply honored by the number of individuals who trust me to serve them, their families, their companies, and their futures.
Scott Walton is proud to have been recognized as a President's Club advisor for 2019—a distinction based on annual production attained by 13 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.
Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes President's Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. President's Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.
The 2019 ranking of the Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors1 list was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due-diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively and on a ranking algorithm that includes client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, and quantitative criteria (including assets under management and revenue generated for their firms). Overall, 30,000 advisors were considered, and 3,500 (11.6 percent of candidates) were recognized. The full methodology2 that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research is available here.
1This recognition and the due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Winners are organized and ranked by state. Some states may have more advisors than others. You are encouraged to conduct your own research to determine if the advisor is right for you.
2Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.
Associate Vice President, Investments
1996 – 1999
Dean Witter Reynolds
1992 - 1996
The Green Resource Center for Alabama
Jones Valley Urban Farms
Board of Directors
2007 – 2014
Creative Montessori Schools
Board of Directors
2004 – 2014
Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Board of Directors, 2006 – 2015 | Treasurer, 2010 – 2015
Homewood Chamber of Commerce
2003 – 2004
UAB School of Arts & Humanities
Art Advisory Committee Member
2005 – 2006
1995 – 2005
2003 – 2004
Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce
1999 – 2000
Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce
Chairman, Leadership Development Program
1998 – 1999
Ramsay Alternative High School
Business Education Craft Committee
1994 – 1995
Magic City Children’s Opera
Co-Founder / President
1994 – 1995
Birmingham Young Executives
1993 – 1994
Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
2014 – 2015
Class of 2006
Birmingham Business Alliance
Member, Entrepreneur’s Roundtable I
Birmingham Emory Club
Author, Glove Box Guides to BBQ (Book Series)
Certified Master Gardener
Instructor, Alabama Region Porsche Club Driving School
Member, St. Andrew's Society of the Mid-South
Certified Barbecue Judge, Kansas City Barbecue Society
Certified Barbecue Judge, Memphis in May
F.O.O.D. (the Fraternal Order of Deduction)
Kelley and I have been married since 1999. We have four children: William Oliver; 18 | Victoria Emery; 17 | Thames Eliot, 13 | Henley Eames, 9; and Boo, our 5-year-old miniature labradoodle.