Donna Wood specializes in financial planning and wealth management/investment advisory services, focusing on life financial planning for women, entrepreneurs and people with complex planning needs. A Certified Public Accountant/Personal Financial Specialist (CPA/PFS) and Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), she brings more than 30 years experience in business management, financial planning and financial consulting to her clients. Recently relocated to Franklin, TN from Haymarket, Virginia, she serves clients in the greater Nashville, TN area, NOVA and Washington Metro area, and citizens nationwide.
Donna is a fiduciary, and a strong advocate for the benefits of financial planning and wealth management. She enjoys the continuous learning that this profession provides, and as a CPA, provides the practical and objective insights that apply to each individual she works with. Her membership in professional associations including the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA); Personal Financial Planning Section (PFS); The Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards (CFP®), and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) enables her access to industry standards of excellence. The continuing education and ethical requirements of these organizations provide their clients with the most current financial, legal and tax implications of planning.
Donna received her BBA from the University of Michigan and her experience includes work for KPMG, a global accounting firm. She has held numerous finance, administration and executive management positions in Fortune 500, mid-size and startup companies.
She is the mother of two and actively mentors two children by marriage. Donna eagerly engages with school children and young adults on financial literacy education.
An avid golfer and a dog lover, Donna is currently a "pack leader" of 4 rescued dogs. She enjoys being involved in the community; including serving as the past president of the Haymarket Gainesville VA Business Association. She is a Rotarian. She helped found a Toastmasters club, and actively participates in The LPGA Amateur Golf Association, where she has served as chapter president.
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Jeffrey J. Brown, is a Registered Investment Advisor Representative and economist with Wood Smith Advisors. He provides financial and economic analysis, fund evaluation, and advises on investment strategy and portfolio construction. Jeff writes the Quarterly Market Report and monitors global economic developments.
Jeff has over 30 years of senior level business experience. He has served as a corporate executive and a consultant to senior executives, investors and government officials.
Jeff received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah and his MBA in International Finance from UCLA. In addition to serving Wood Smith Advisors, Mr. Brown is Principal with Pangea Global, LLC an international management consulting firm.
Diane Paquette is the Executive Assistant for Wood Smith Advisors. She joined us in 2014 and plays a key supporting role for the team, keeping us organized and efficient. She enjoys providing our clients with exceptional service to help them achieve their goals. Diane has a varied background which includes over 15-years of experience as an administrative and executive assistant with proficiency in personal finance and marketing.
She and her husband are the parents of two college-age girls and during her free time she enjoys spending time with the family and baking for family and friends.