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The Strength to Preserve.
The Confidence to Relax.

Our Story and Services

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 Management
  • Professional Portfolio Management
  • Financial Planning
  • Asset Management
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Endowments and Foundations
  • Executive Financial Services
  • Lending Products
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Planning

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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.




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. Virtually all of our clients have assets invested in at least one of these portfolios, and most are invested in several portfolios to fulfill their customized asset allocation.

Working With You

Working With You

We offer the skills and resources to address your needs. We understand the complex, multigenerational 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.

Awards & Honors

Scott D. Ferguson
• Named “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors”, by Barron’s Magazine, 2011- 2018
• Named “Top 400 Financial Advisors”, by The Financial Times, 2015, 2016, 2018
• Named "America's Best-in-State Wealth Advisors", by Forbes Magazine, 2018
• Named to the firm’s prestigious Chairman’s Club 2009- 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.

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
• 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



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  • Suite 225
  • Leawood, KS 66211

    Meet The Ferguson-Smith Group

    Insights and Outcomes

    Thought Leadership for our ultra high net worth clients, which contains thought-provoking articles, authored by leading experts from Morgan Stanley Family Office Resources.


    Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.

    • Estate Planning
    • 529 Plans / Education Planning
    • Long Term Care Insurance
    • Trust Services and Accounting


    Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same best-in-class service as the rest of your wealth.

    • Endowments
    • Foundations
    • Donor Advised Funds
    • Impact Investing

    Business Planning

    Partnering with you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.

    • Succession Planning
    • Business Planning
    • Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • Corporate Pension Funds


    Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.

    • Asset management
    • Traditional investments
    • Alternative Investments
    • Impact Investing


    Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a truly personalized wealth strategy.  Today and for the years to come.

    • 401(k) Rollovers
    • IRA Plans
    • Retirement income strategies
    • Annuities

    Ready to start a conversation? Contact The Ferguson-Smith Group today.

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