Scott Ela

CFP®, CPA

Avant Financial Advisors

Founder / Financial Advisor

Scott Ela

CFP®, CPA

Avant Financial Advisors

Founder / Financial Advisor

As a fee-only financial planner, my focus is to offer unbiased financial advice to help you achieve your life goals. - Scott Ela, CFP®, CPA

Fee-Only financial planner located in Austin, TX, serving clients locally and across the country

Scott Ela is an Austin, TX fee-only financial planner. Avant Financial Advisors provides comprehensive and objective financial planning to help clients organize, grow and protect their assets through life’s transitions. As a fee-only, fiduciary, and independent financial advisor, Scott Ela is never paid a commission of any kind, and has a legal obligation to provide unbiased and trustworthy financial advice.

Finance has been an interest and passion of mine as long as I can remember. As a child, my dad would teach me about investing and I was fascinated that I could earn a little bit of money and then it could grow on it’s own. Those simple principles were built on throughout my childhood and studying finance in college was a natural fit.

I graduated from Texas A&M University with Bachelor degrees in both accounting and finance.  Upon graduating, I limited my job search to my beloved hometown (Austin) where the woman I love (Kaimey) was living. I accepted an auditor position with the state government and traveled around Texas performing financial and compliance audits. Even though it wasn’t my dream job because everyone hates auditors, I took a lot of pride in working with my clients instead of against them.  

In those years while auditing, Kaimey and I were married, I obtained my CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) designations, and we added twins to our family, Hudson and Harper. When life settled down a bit after the twin infant/toddler years, I decided to shift careers and focus on my passion of personal financial planning.  

I was fortunate to join a fee-only financial planning company where I advised high net-worth clients and managed other planners.  This was a good home to me for several years, and during that time I added my CFP® (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™) certification to my other credentials.

In 2018 we felt God calling us to something new for our family.  I took a leap of faith to leave my comfortable job and start my own business. And Avant Financial Advisors was born!  We are excited to use this company to help others and make our clients’ dreams become financially possible.

Hudson and Harper are teenagers now and keep our family’s free-time full! We love supporting them in their activities and being involved in their school. We spend lots of time outside: hiking, biking, being on the lake, and exploring around Austin. We love to travel and discover new-to-us places in this big, beautiful world, but coming home always feels great too.

Scott Ela is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

NAPFA members live by three important values:

  • To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
  • To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
  • To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning.

At Avant Financial Advisors, we focus on a genuine relationship with you so you can rest in confidence that you are receiving the best financial advice. We remove the burden of worrying about money and replace it with freedom to focus on the things most important to you. Let your money work for those things.

We specialize in taking the complexity of your financial life and simplifying it into easy-to-follow points. As a fee-only financial planning firm, our advice does not involve selling commission products. Avant Financial Advisors was built to give genuine advice to our clients to help them reach their financial goals.

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.

Specialties

  • Multi-Generational Planning
  • Inheritance Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Equity Compensation Planning

Ideal Clients

  • Multi-Generational Families
  • Inheritance Recipients
  • Equity Compensation Recipients
  • Church Employees

Working Together

  • In-Office Meetings
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Clearly Defined Fees
  • No Product Sales
  • Complimentary Initial Consultation

Professional Designations & Affiliations

  • National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
    Scott Ela is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor

    The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

  • XY Planning Network
    Scott Ela is a Member of the XY Planning Network

    The XY Planning Network is the leading organization of fee-only financial advisors who are focused on working with Generation X and Generation Y clients. Our mission is to connect consumers with best-in-class financial advisors who specialize in working with clients just like you.

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
    Scott Ela is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification

    CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.

  • CPA - Certified Public Accountant
    Scott Ela is a Certified Public Accountant (Learn More)

    Certified Public Accountants are licensed by the state and authorized by the state to practice public or private accounting. CPA licensing requirements are state specific, but typically include a bachelors degree with additional accounting coursework, successful completion of the Uniform CPA Exam, work experience, successful completion of an approved ethics course, and ongoing continuing education.

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Office Locations:

  • 166 Hargraves Dr.
    STE C400-432
    Austin, TX 78737

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