"On a personal level, what I love about coaching is helping people to define and then achieve their goals. To me, nothing is more professionally rewarding." Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton was recently interviewed about his role as a coach and Pareto Systems Consultant. Here is a portion of that interview.
How did you get started in the financial coaching business?
I’ve been working with financial planners and advisors for most of my career. First as an estate planning attorney and then as a financial advisor and life insurance provider to high net worth ($25M+) clients throughout the country. I considered coaching a big part of my job. I would work side by side with advisors to help them demonstrate capability in the high net worth market.
What made you pick Pareto Systems as a consulting process?
When I practiced law, I was a client of Pareto Systems. Maybe not the best student they ever had.
But a few years ago, I reconnected with Duncan MacPherson and Pareto and I was immediately attracted to the platform and the process. The tools they have are phenomenal. I was looking for a career change and just felt that Pareto was the right choice. Time has only made my commitment to the Pareto Systems program stronger.
Who are your ideal coaching clients?
My current clients include solo advisors with $100M under management all the way to complex teams with over multiple billions under management.
Like we preach in Pareto Systems, my ideal client is a triple A client. They have a successful business and they want to see that business get even better. But they also want to make sure that they have time for family, friends and community. They are great people to work with. Constantly learning, looking for improvements. Willing to listen to advice and even more ready to execute. On top of that, they are advocates for me and for Pareto Systems. They don’t introduce me to their colleagues to help me grow my business. They introduce me to their colleagues because they know that we can help.
What trends are you seeing in the industry?
What I see over and over is that advisors want to drive more profitability and process in their businesses and want to have more control over their personal destiny. Of course, growth is a hot topic today. And I see many advisors considering a change from a wirehouse-based operation to an independent regime.
Pareto systems allows the flexibility to coach on these business issues as they arise.
What is your favorite thing about coaching?
On a personal level, what I love about coaching is helping people to define and then achieve their goals. To me, nothing is more professionally rewarding.
Pareto Systems focuses on the importance of FORM. Tells us a little FORM information about you.
For those who don’t know, FORM is an acronym for Family, Occupation, Recreation and Money. It’s based on the concept that as advisors, we need to know as much as we can about the first three areas for our most important clients before we can focus on the money.
In my case, I am married to Kim Hamilton for over 34 years. Kim is a successful business owner and together we have 4 adult children and 3 grandkids. In my free time, I play guitar and sing in a country music band here in Chicago.