Scott has experience in commercial banking, mergers and acquisitions, financial consulting, private equity investments and turnaround management. Scott began his career as a middle market lender with a predecessor to JP Morgan Chase. He then joined what is now BNP Paribas as a corporate lender and later became the head of Corporate Development with Encompass Services Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. After leaving Encompass, Scott became a financial consultant and individual investor. For the ten years prior to joining Freestone, he served companies with revenues from $5 million to $1 billion in a variety of financial capacities while making equity investments. A native of Kansas, Scott received his BBA in Finance from Arizona State University before moving to Houston in the 1980s.