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Scott McClatchey

Senior Wealth Advisor
Ballast Rock Private Wealth
2888 Loker Ave East, Ste 110
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Office: 760-259-8909
Cell: 618-521-9960

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Scott began his financial services career in 2006 as an independent financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services.  In 2007 he co-founded Alliance Investment Planning Group along with 3 partners and specialized in providing investment strategies, retirement planning, and insurance services.  He became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM in 2011, enabling him to offer a broader array of services spanning investments, insurance, retirement planning, estate planning, and tax mitigation strategies.  In 2017, Scott joined WWM Financial as a wealth advisor and CFP®, and in October 2023 Scott joined Ballast Rock Private Wealth (BRPW) as a senior wealth advisor and CFP®.  At BRPW, Scott specializes in financial planning, wealth management, and investment strategies for accredited individuals, families, professionals, business owners, and company executives.

Prior to entering the financial services industry, Scott had a 22-year career as a systems engineer and business/management specialist in the satellite communications and services industry.  His tenure spanned HUGHES Electronics, Ball Aerospace, DIRECTV, and XM Satellite Radio where he provided business development, technology consulting, advanced products development, and marketing following an initial stint as a communications systems engineer.  His degrees include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from UCLA.

Scott likes to stay active by volunteering and giving back to his community.  He served as president of both the local Kiwanis Club and Public Broadcasting Board while in Carbondale, and he is currently active with The Rotary Club of Carlsbad, the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and the Carlsbad and Encinitas Chambers of Commerce.  In 2019 through 2024, McClatchey won the Five Star Wealth Manager award from Five Star Professional.  Scott is an avid reader, jogger, dog lover, devoted husband and father, craft beer enthusiast, music lover, life-long learner, and space junkie.  He has been married for 40 years and has 2 adult children.

This award was issued on 12/01/2023 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 2/13/2023 through 08/31/2023. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 2,242 San Diego-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 197 (9% of candidates) were named 2024 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2023: 2,125, 211, 10%, 12/1/22, 3/21/22 - 9/16/22; 2022: 2,084, 223, 11%, 12/1/21, 4/12/21 - 10/15/21; 2021: 6,123, 459, 7%, 12/1/20, 3/30/20 - 10/16/20; 2020: 2,218, 231, 10%, 12/1/19, 3/1/19 - 10/18/19; 2019: 1,885, 224, 12%, 12/1/18, 3/23/18 - 10/15/18; 2018: 1,498, 228, 15%, 12/1/17, 3/22/17 - 10/17/17; 2017: 1,349, 349, 26%, 11/1/16, 2/25/16 - 10/14/16; 2016: 1,337, 349, 26%, 11/1/15, 6/2/15 - 10/23/15; 2015: 1,639, 350, 21%, 12/1/14, 6/2/14 - 10/23/14; 2014: 1,838, 368, 20%, 12/1/13, 6/2/13 - 10/23/13; 2013: 1,675, 417, 25%, 12/1/12, 6/2/12 - 10/23/12; 2012: 1,014, 284, 28%, 11/1/11, 6/2/11 - 10/23/11.
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Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit