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About Our Team

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At BetterWealth, we’re about asking the right questions for the right reasons for the right outcomes. BetterWealth is the outcome we strive for with every client.

Our team is dedicated to taking the right steps to helping each of our clients be better informed, educated on key financial matters and life events, and engaged in pursuing better wealth based on what’s important in their lives.

Our team is always ready to answer your questions and constantly be moving you towards financial clarity and better wealth.

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SCOTT STAUFFER CFP®

Managing Partner

SCOTT STAUFFER CFP®

Managing Partner

Teachers, coaches and mentors all know that anyone can improve through instruction and practice. These leaders also know that without assessment, evaluation and instruction, it is unlikely you will see the desired progress. Whether your goal is weight loss, self-improvement or financial security, the value of a teacher or coach is invaluable to assess your current proficiency and then develop a plan to enhance the specific skills that need improvement. And finally, there’s the role of a mentor in guiding the proficiency in each of the skills in order to evaluate their progress and provide the wisdom they need to continue to move forward.

Scott Stauffer, Managing Partner, of BetterWealth, has been a teacher, coach and mentor and is not complacent with plug and play strategies for clients that don’t adapt to individual conditions and prepare for how things can change when it comes to game time. Just as athletes require the discipline of maintaining a positive attitude, setting goals, managing their emotions and staying focused, Scott understands his role as a wealth advisor is to accomplish this by helping to educate clients each step of the way.

Scott will naturally grab a marker to help clients to map out their unique financial goals. He is an educator at heart and by trade and enjoys making complicated things easy to understand.

Having worked in the public and social sectors before he was a small business owner and financial advisor, Scott is committed to the transparency of communicating how fees are paid and where all of the money goes. He cares deeply about clients understanding how their wealth is managed and whether they will be able to meet their goals. Scott wants his clients to develop a confidence about their financial plan and awareness about how to make adjustments along the way as their life and family needs change.

Scott is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and understands the unique challenges professionals and families face trying to maximize their wealth and life. He has an MBA from the University of California at Davis, and a BA from Grinnell College where he also received his secondary teaching certificate. His early career took him around the country and the world learning about leadership and civic participation. Scott’s active family, including his wife and three boys, live in Los Altos. On the weekends, they are usually coaching or attending one of the boys sports events or off on a family camping trip.

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ANDREW HOWARD CFP®

Managing Partner

ANDREW HOWARD CFP®

Managing Partner

Andrew literally has a perspective from the mountaintop as he currently resides and grew up in the mountain community bordering Silicon Valley.  This relaxed orientation has served him well not only in taking a long-view of problem-solving but also in how easy it is to make connections with people and let them feel comfortable with his back-to-basics approach to financial planning and life in general.

As one of six kids, Andrew got his start in business through a true grit immersion into marketing and selling educational products as a means of putting himself through college.  He learned early about how people make good and bad financial decisions.  Andrew went on to complete his degree in Business Administration and Finance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and he’s also credentialed as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). 

With 13 years in personal financial advising, Andrew’s focus is on fundamentals, for his clients as well as the investments his family owns. With a practical perspective as a multi-unit rental housing owner, he embraces real estate as a valuable piece of the retirement income picture. He is invariably conscious of the intersection of investments, taxes and estate concerns. 

Andrew’s best self is when he is working through challenges to find unique solutions to unique cases. Whether it’s a couple for whom he has helped determine if and when they can retire by using strategies to pay off debt and increase cash flow or a widow learning to take new responsibility for personal finances and eventually obtaining his counsel to transition to a retirement community, Andrew seeks to sustain long-term relationships with clients to build the discipline together for better wealth.

Andrew’s connection with people has also taken him around the world. Prior to starting his formal career, he spent seven months with his wife, Georgia, traveling to New Zealand, Australia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. They still enjoy yearly travel, although the locales are a bit less exotic now with four small children. He also enjoys cycling, hiking with the family and board sports.  In 2011, Scott joined him on a 450-mile bike tour across the state of Iowa known as the largest bike touring event in the world, and Andrew continues to participate regularly.

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SUE COX

Chief Operating Officer

SUE COX

Chief Operating Officer

If there were an app for being Sue Cox, it would pop up a consistent, daily routine for getting projects accomplished. As the app tracked daily progress, it would provide concise updates to her team and clients and be filled with 5-star peer reviews.

Sue is the Chief Operating Officer for BetterWealth. She is responsible for managing and overseeing the firm's operational functions including technology, client services, procedures and compliance.

Sue brings over 20 years of operational and investment industry experience from both the registered investment advisory and brokerage platform to her current role. Prior to joining BetterWealth, Sue held management positions as the Director of Operations at Niemann Capital Management and District Business Manager at Morgan Stanley.

It’s no surprise that her B.A. in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz, has helped to keep her oriented to logical systems. Her management perspective in our office is also enhanced because she has held the following FINRA licenses, 7, 9,10, 24, 63 and 66 throughout her career.


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JODEE LOWNSBURY

Financial Planning Associate

JODEE LOWNSBURY

Financial Planning Associate

Jodee has worked for several financial services firms and currently is the Financial Planning Associate for BetterWealth. Everyone on our staff provides concierge service for client accounts, and Jodee’s early career in hospitality services at a California destination resort hotel elevates our team approach. For BetterWealth, Jodee’s specialty area is financial planning, and you can expect her guidance in helping gather your information, analyzing your retirement planning options and producing the reports to let you know if you are on track.

Jodee knows what it takes to stay disciplined and achieve her own goals. Not too long ago, she was a stand-out on and off the court with her university’s basketball team having been the team captain, MVP and outstanding female athlete of the year as well as for earning the title of national champion for her institution’s student invested management fund. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration/Finance from California State University, Fresno, and will soon begin study to become a Certified Financial Planner.


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