The Ferguson-Smith Group

At the Ferguson-Smith Group, we are seasoned investment professionals who understand that wealth management is about far more than the numbers on your account statement. It’s about finding solutions to all of your financial challenges, so you can afford the lifestyle you want to live, and support the people, causes and institutions that enrich your life.

You have worked hard to build a successful career, business or professional practice; or perhaps you are the current steward of a significant legacy. We will work just as hard to help you preserve what you have earned and enjoy the rewards of your success. We will help you create a comprehensive wealth management plan to address all of the challenges and opportunities you face. Whether reducing your tax burden, planning for retirement, ensuring the funds will be there to send your children or grandchildren to college, or passing along your financial legacy, we can tailor highly customized strategies designed to help you reach your goals.
Services Include
  • Wealth Management1
  • Professional Portfolio Management2
  • Financial Planning3
  • Asset Management4
  • Business Succession Planning5
  • Endowments and Foundations6
  • Executive Financial Services7
  • Lending Products
  • Life Insurance8
  • Retirement Planning9
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Our Clients

Our wealth management practice is very much a reflection of our surroundings. We are all born-and-bred Midwesterners who value honesty, integrity and diligence. Our clients invariably share these values. They are accomplished individuals who have established, or built upon, significant financial legacies. They turn to us for help in handling their increasingly complex investment and wealth planning challenges. We take on the multifaceted tasks of managing their wealth so they are free to enjoy its rewards.

    Experience

    While we pride ourselves on being able to address every aspect of our clients’ financial lives, we are first and foremost a team of deeply experienced, hands-on investment professionals. Combining our own analysis with an extensive body of research from Morgan Stanley and beyond, we develop strong opinions on the direction of the overall markets, sectors and individual securities and funds. We believe that we serve our clients best by managing to their specific goals rather than an institutional benchmark.

    Our team manages six core strategies over 14 portfolios as a direct reflection of our views. Each is designed for a different purpose, and seeks to achieve the best risk-adjusted returns.

      Working with You

      We offer the skills and resources to address your needs. We understand the complex, multi-generational needs of affluent families and are highly experienced in creating customized, comprehensive plans across numerous tax and estate structures.

      By combining our experience with the extensive resources of Morgan Stanley, our team provides you with access to the full range of solutions and services needed to address any financial matter. We offer the best of both worlds: a dedicated team of professionals highly skilled in both comprehensive wealth management and hands-on investment management backed by the resources of a best-in-class global financial leader.
        • Scott D. Ferguson
          • Named “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors”, by Barron’s Magazine, 2011- 2019
          • Named “Top 400 Financial Advisors”, by The Financial Times, 2015, 2016, 2018
          • Named "America's Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", by Forbes Magazine, 2018 & 2019
          • Named to the firm’s prestigious Chairman’s Club 2009- 2018 an elite group of the firm’s top Financial Advisors. The appointment recognizes excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and services to clients.
        • Dianna L. Smith, CIMA®
          • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
          • Certified Family Wealth Director, a designation earned by fewer than 2% of all Morgan Stanley Advisors
          • Named to Forbes Magazine's "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", 2018 & 2019
          • Named to Forbes Magazine's "Top 250 Women Advisors", 2018
          • Named to Working Mother's inaugural listing of "Top 200 Wealth Advisors", 2017
          • Named to Forbes inaugural list of America's "Top 200 Women Advisors", 2017
          • Named to the firm’s prestigious Master’s Club 2010- 2017, an elite group of the firm’s top Financial Advisors. The appointment recognizes excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and services to clients.
        • Patrick Cohen
          • Named to the Firm’s Pacesetters Club in 2015 -2017, a global recognition for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first-class client service.
          • Named to Forbes Magazine’s List of America’s "Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors", 2017 & 2018

        Location

        11161 Overbrook Rd.
        Ste 225
        Leawood, KS 66211
        US
        Direct:
        (913) 402-5200(913) 402-5200

        Meet The Ferguson Smith Group

        About Me

        Drawing from over three decades of investment management experience, Scott Ferguson crafts highly customized wealth management strategies for successful families, individuals and select institutions. His primary focus is on portfolio management, overseeing six core strategies over 14 portfolios. A registered and licensed wealth advisor, Scott has worked with his clients through multiple market cycles, helping them preserve, enhance and transfer wealth. Scott was named to the 2017 and 2018 Barron’s Top 1,000 Advisors Ranked by State, as well as one of their Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the country each year from 2009 to the current year. The Financial Times has also recognized Scott by naming him to their Top 400 Financial Advisors List in 2018.

        A native of Kansas City, Scott graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Scott has many philanthropic interests including Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Keith Worthington Chapter of the ALS Association, and Junior Achievement to name a few. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
        Securities Agent: PR, TX, KS, WI, WA, VA, UT, TN, SD, SC, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NH, NE, ND, NC, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, KY, IN, IL, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL, AK; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
        NMLS#: 1407649

        About Me

        As Co-Founder of the Ferguson-Smith Group, Dianna Smith brings two decades of financial services industry experience to her clients. Dianna works closely with wealthy families, individuals and endowments/foundations in the development and creation of their wealth management and investment plans. She provides comprehensive asset allocation and investment strategies, manager and investment selection, alternative investments, tax-efficient cash flow planning, estate distribution and legacy planning strategies.

        Dianna attended Kansas State University and completed her Bachelor of Business Science through the University of Phoenix. She holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification, administered by Investments and Wealth Institute in conjunction with The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Dianna is also a Family Wealth Director, a designation earned by fewer than 2% of all Morgan Stanley Advisors.

        Dianna has received numerous national and state honors as a financial advisor. In 2017, she was named to the Working Mother’s inaugural list of “Top 200 Wealth Advisors” and Forbes Inaugural list of America’s “Top 200 Women Advisors”. Her dedication has named her to the Forbes Magazine’s List of America’s “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors” and Forbes Magazine’s “Top 250 Women Advisors” in 2018.

        Dianna serves as a member of the Morgan Stanley’s Consulting Group Council. Dianna is an officer for the Kansas City Estate Planning Society and formerly served as the Treasurer for the Heart of Kansas City National Charity League. She resides in Leawood, Kansas, with her husband, James, and two daughters, Madelaine and Lily.
        Securities Agent: PR, TX, KS, WI, WA, VA, UT, TN, SD, SC, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NH, NE, ND, NC, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, KY, IN, IL, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL, AK; Managed Futures; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
        NMLS#: 1395585

        About Me

        Patrick Cohen began his career in the securities industry at the Ferguson-Smith Group in 2011, where he provided portfolio strategy and financial planning analysis. He now works directly with clients as a Financial Advisor and leads the Ferguson-Smith Group’s business development efforts. In 2015, he was named to Morgan Stanley’s Pacesetters Club, a global recognition for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first-class client service.

        Patrick graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in economics and Spanish. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Children’s Mercy Cancer Center Auxiliary Board and was also elected as a Man of the Year Candidate to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Patrick lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with his wife, Emmie, daughter Georgia and son William (Billy). He is an avid tennis player, golfer and traveler.
        Securities Agent: PR, KS, WI, WA, VA, UT, TX, TN, SD, SC, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NH, NE, NC, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, LA, KY, IN, IL, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AL, AK; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
        NMLS#: 1372318

        About Me

        Debbie Cartwright serves as the Ferguson-Smith Group’s administrative professional, tending to the diverse operational and administrative needs of the team and its clients. Drawing on over three decades of financial industry knowledge and experience, she ensures diligent follow through and otherwise supports the team’s efforts to provide the highest level of personalized service to each and every client.

        A lifelong resident of Shawnee, Kansas, Debbie is an active supporter and fundraiser for the KVC charity of Wyandotte County. She is also active with several other nonprofit organizations within her hometown. She and her husband of 36 years, Steve, have two grown children and three grandchildren. Their son is a lieutenant of the United States Navy.
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