Sherwood Investment Management
Prior to founding Sherwood Investment Management, Brian served as an Investment Advisor at The Wealth Conservancy in Boulder, CO. There he provided a select but diverse group of clients the entire spectrum of wealth management services. In particular, he was responsible for implementing investment strategies for $250 million in client assets. Before pursuing his passion for investing, he served as an officer in the United States Air Force. He flew several types of aircraft before transitioning into the engineering field. As an engineer, Brian managed large-scale construction projects in the United States and overseas. He continues to embrace the Air Force core values of integrity, service, and excellence.
Brian received his Master of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) from the University of San Francisco in 2014. He received his MBA in Finance from the University of Arizona, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM). Brian graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Civil Engineering.
When he's not helping clients, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, hiking, skiing, and traveling. He has been to 48 of the 50 States (Alaska and South Dakota are the holdouts) and has lived in Sarasota, FL, Boston, MA, Tucson, AZ, Albuquerque, NM, Boulder, CO, and San Francisco, CA.
MS, Financial Analysis, University of San Francisco
MBA, Finance, University of Arizona
BS, Civil Engineering, Clemson University
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