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Scott W. McAdams

Scott is President and CEO of Manzanita Capital, Inc., the Seattle-based investment firm he co-founded in 1999.

After receiving his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell in 1979, Scott moved to Seattle where he met his wife to be, Frances (née Daigle, also Cornell ‘79). Scott worked for four years as an acoustical engineer at Boeing before earning his MBA from the University of Washington.

In 1986, Scott joined regional investment firm Cable Howse & Ragen as an equity analyst. In 1988 he joined the Foster & Marshall division of Shearson Lehman, Inc. as a technology, bank, and retail stock analyst. He returned to Ragen MacKenzie (the new iteration of what had been Cable Howse & Ragen) in 1989, where he established himself as a leading analyst on Microsoft.

In 1999, Scott co-founded Manzanita Capital, Inc. with Brooks Ragen. Manzanita is the parent company of wealth management firm McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc. The firm started with just a handful of employees in 1999, but has grown to include seven branch offices throughout the Pacific Northwest, with over $10 billion in client assets under management. Scott is proud of building a client-focused firm that is majority employee-owned and strives to contribute to the health of the communities in which it operates.

Scott, who enjoys music and is an amateur guitar player, currently serves on the board of Classical KING FM 98.1. In the past he has served on other boards in Seattle, including the advisory board of Friday Harbor Laboratories (a sub campus of the University of Washington), and the Washington State chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Scott and Fran enjoy getting out of the city and spending time on nearby San Juan Island, their antidote to the congestion and over-stimulation of the workweek. Scott also likes backpacking, jogging, biking, gardening and reading.