President & Senior Wealth Advisor
My degree from Cornell is in Psychology and Secondary Education. I always wanted to be a teacher. I remember the first time I taught a neighborhood friend to ride his bike without training wheels; it was so satisfying! Although I didn’t end up teaching high schoolers, what I love about my career is the same feeling I get today when I help someone achieve a financial goal. It is very fulfilling to be a part of the process.
My community means so much to me as does my role on the board at our local YMCA, and volunteer with HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program).
I’m always interested in finding fun ways to stay active. I enjoy Hot Yoga, Jazzercise, Tennis, and a good old fashioned exercise class here and there - I’m a huge fan of OrangeTheory fitness.
I’ve always been interested in Ancient Egypt, so I love to visit museums with exhibits or read about their civilization.
Who doesn’t enjoy a Netflix marathon in their spare time? I’ve recently been watching the television sitcom, “Cheers.” It’s such a great show and a little walk down memory lane.
I am proud to say that we are in the midst of accomplishing a goal we saved for - paying for our son, Jake’s, college education!
My most recent advancement was acquiring my APMA (Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor).
My personal financial plan is focused on financial security. Like a lot of my clients, I don’t ever want to worry about money or have to stoop to the level where my family is eating cat food out of a can. I just want my family and I to feel secure in our financial situation.
Working with my clients. Being in this career allows me to help others by utilizing my time, resources, and knowledge of the financial industry to better his, her, or their financial path(s).
Chief Investment Officer
I love solving problems. This profession provides an endless stream of opportunities to turn important financial problems into financial successes for our clients. While the basic rules of financial planning are simple, mastery of the depth and layers of complexity is definitely not easy!
Kate and I enjoy supporting the local YMCA after many years of support from them growing up.
Learning new things, watching my children grow, and spending time with friends and family.
Education is very important to me, and it is important to my family to provide a sound education for our children.
I am constantly reading - my children think I'm a book with arms and legs.
Priority number one is managing the things we can control, while also preparing ourselves for the things we can't.
I aim to identify strategies that are tested by time and using them in creative ways that provide opportunities while minimizing risk.
Insights & Principles
Managing Partner & Senior Wealth Advisor
As a child, I saw the impact good financial planning and advice can have on people. My parents were fortunate to work with an advisor in a day and age when the industry was littered with salesmen and brokers. At the age of 10, I got to see their advisor's work in action, and I was fascinated. By the time I got to college, I knew eventually I wanted to get into financial planning.
I enjoy volunteering for organizations where my problem solving nature can help the organization grow or become more successful. Ask me today which one I'm working on, it's probably different than a week or month ago!
First and foremost is my family: my wife Sally and three sons, Beckett, Theo, and Grady make my day. Beyond that, I love to golf, do yard work, and referee soccer. "Down time" isn't a thing I do well at!
I figure college might cost about $500,000 per kid by the time mine get there (sarcasm, maybe...). So let's go with that one.
I love to read - anything and everything. I find having a breadth of knowledge on topics both related and seemingly unrelated to financial matters is incredibly helpful when working with clients. Beyond that, I try to talk to as many people in the industry as I can, and shamelessly borrow the best ideas.
Stability for my family, and balancing the long term savings needs and goals with the requirement that we still enjoy life in the here and now.
Being as knowledgeable about as many things as I possibly can be, so that when a client or a peer looks to me for an idea, I have a solid foundation from which to dive in and go chase down the solution that nobody else would think to find.
After graduating from Iowa State with a degree in Marketing, I was introduced to this career path. From there, the intricacies of the world of investing and finance had me hooked and I was determined to learn all I could about the business. Before I knew it I was on my way to earning my CFP® and have now been helping others find the balance between finance and lifestyle for 14 years.
My wife and I are avid recyclers. We do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint, not be wasteful, and repurpose as much as we can.
We know this will provide a better world for our two children and hope to set a great example for them to follow.
Family is always number one - my wife Jess, and our children, William and Whitney, are my world. We all enjoy living a healthy lifestyle through fitness, outdoor recreational activities like hiking, camping, and skiing, and finally, pairing new recipes with our favorite wine.
We are in the process of finishing our basement. I love working with my hands and plan on completing as much work as possible myself.
My biggest goal right now is to enroll in the Masters of Financial Planning program at Iowa State next year. I know I can also always count on my peers to provide a valuable perspective and often use other professionals in the industry as a resource.
Short Term - Cash flow for the current calendar year, a ski trip to Montana next year, and finishing the basement. Intermediate Term - my children’s education and the success of our business.
Long Term - a relaxing and adventurous retirement.
I often try to encourage my retirement-ready clients to think about their legacy. Who do they want to benefit? A charity? Their family? Their community?
Chief Compliance Officer & Director of Operations
After I graduated from UNI in 2008, I didn’t have a clear understanding of where life could or would take me. There was one thing I knew: I love to help people. When I started with the firm in 2011, I realized that my passion to help people was equally matched by the services and advice we provide through investment management and financial planning. Helping our clients achieve financial success is our priority.
I am an active member and volunteer at Lisbon United Methodist Church. I currently sit as the co-chair of Worship & Nurture Committee which involves organizing worship services and acting as a leader in the praise band. I am looking to expand my volunteering through Junior Achievement, Waypoint, and the Red Cross.
Spending time with my family, especially my husband, Chris and son, George. I also enjoy playing my guitar, singing, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, crafting, and reading.
My husband and I are currently saving up for our retirement and education for George.
I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by individuals who challenge my investigative skills, urge me to dig deeper, and support my desires to learn more in the ever-morphing financial environment. My long-term goal is to attain my CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) designation.
As an accumulator, and having recently started a family, saving is one of the hardest things to do, but I am always up for a challenge.
Senior Wealth Advisor
Independence. Whether wealth means a happy home or financial freedom, I came to this business to guide people to work toward financial independence to allow them to reach whatever wealth means to them.
Each year I work with HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program) to package and hand out meals to community members in need.
My family is always number one. My wife and I love to travel, and in my free time I love to fish and study astronomy.
We are really looking forward to taking a big family trip to Disney World in 2019. My wife, Mary and I, our three children and their spouses, and our troop of nine grandchildren!
The biggest opportunity to learn new things has come from my recent juncture with Basepoint Wealth. Kate and Allen are wonderful leaders and the breadth of knowledge and expertise found within our team is top notch.
My plan is mostly focused on long-term growth and funding additional retirement savings.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Basepoint Wealth LLC (www.basepointwealth.com), the largest fee-only wealth management firm in Cedar Rapids is proud to welcome Scott M. Cooley, CFP® as a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and Wealth Advisor.
Scott joins Basepoint Wealth from Northwestern Mutual where he served as a Financial Advisor based out of Coralville, IA for nearly seven years. He joins the firm with significant experience working with a diverse group of clients, including significant experience working with those in fields of medicine, research and higher education.
“I’m very excited to be joining the extremely knowledgeable, all-fiduciary advisors and staff at Basepoint,” said Cooley. “I truly believe the way they advise is in the best interest of their clients and what the financial industry should strive to emulate.”
Landis T. Wiley, Managing Partner added, “We are excited to welcome Scott to our advisor team. His thoughtfulness and attention to detail in working with clients on complex planning and investment needs are a great fit with the principles of transparency and unbiased advice on which Basepoint Wealth operates”.
Scott will be located at the Basepoint Wealth office at 4144 Golf Street NE in Cedar Rapids and can be reached by phone at (319) 826-1898 or email email@example.com.
I became a financial advisor to provide sound financial advice that allows people to prosper and obtain the retirement lifestyle they desire.
I am an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
I am an avid hobby woodworker and enjoy traveling and snow skiing.
I am excited to be saving up for a trip to Italy my wife and I are planning to take in 2018.
I am passionate about studying any areas relevent to my individual clients’ needs - most recently that is in the form of my RICP® (Retirement Income Certified Professional) designation.
As I prepare for retirement in the next few years, my current focus is on our budget and planning for retirement.
My financial conversations start with the basics, such as the prioritization of spending, and a savings plan for the future. This allows for the creation of options and opportunities for my client.
Client Service Associate
As a recent college graduate, I understand the pressures of financial stability. I chose this path to not only gain the knowledge and experience to help myself, but to also help others attain financial confidence.
My favorite volunteer activity is assisting in Special Olympics Iowa programs.
I can often be found at the gym getting in a workout, playing pickup games (usually basketball), or cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, my alma mater.
Like most individuals my age, I currently am saving up to buy my first home and to eventually start a family.
I am fortunate enough to work in an environment where I am always learning from the knowledge and experience of my coworkers.
My financial plan is to instill discipline into the management of my money - save now, spend later.
Similar to my financial plan, I am working on staying disciplined and sticking to a budget that not only is comfortable, but allows me to achieve my long term goals.
After attending Mount Mercy University and receiving my bachelor’s decgree in accounting, I made the decision to enter the finance industry with the hopes of using my knowledge to help people make educated decisions in pursuit of achieving their financial goals.
I enjoy coaching club youth soccer in Eastern Iowa. I have had the pleasure of helping kids that are unable to afford the price of competing by working with a group of parents to create an “everybody plays” program - ensuring that any child that wants to participate has the opportunity.
I thoroughly enjoy sporting events, spending time in the outdoors, traveling to new places with my fiancé, and creating irreplaceable memories with family and friends.
In 2016, I made the purchase of a new home with my fiancé and we are saving once again so we can complete a few home improvement projects: finishing the basement, extending the deck, and possibly a pool if she gets her way.
Being new to the industry I try to absorb more advanced knowledge through collaborating with others, reading a variety of literature, and listening to financial podcasts.
Like most millenials, I am focused on paying off my liabilities, while putting additional cash toward my retirement savings.
I plan to have enough money saved to be able to travel the world in retirement.
Director of First Impressions - Cedar Rapids
After a couple of years as a substitute teacher, I knew I was ready for a family. I was able to devote my time and energy to being a full-time mother of four daughters. The opportunity to work within the community again came when I was offered a position as a receptionist for a tax office, which eventually led me to the transition of my position as Office Manager at Basepoint Wealth.
I love making our house a home, and spending time with family and friends. I enjoy healthy eating and walking regularly, as long as it is at least 70°! Our cat, Donovan holds an extra special place in my heart.
Although we are not quite there yet, as empty nesters, my husband and I have our eyes on the prize: RETIREMENT!
I am always learning on the job; constantly asking questions and listening to my coworkers.
See goal I am saving for... RETIREMENT!
Continuing to engage in smart saving and wise investing has shown me that I can reach my goals.