Meet the Team
Smith A. Brownlie III, CPA
Mr. Brownlie, a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist, has spent over twenty five years working with closely held companies and high net worth individuals. In addition to being Chief Executive Officer of Brownlie & Braden Advisors, LLC (the “Firm”), he is a co-founder of the Firm’s predecessor, Brownlie & Braden, LLC, which was founded in 1997. The Firm became part of the Focus Financial Partners, LLC (“Focus”) partnership in July 2017. As such, the Firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Focus Operating, LLC (“Focus Operating”), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Focus. Focus also owns other registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, pension consultants, insurance firms, and other financial service firms.
Mr. Brownlie’s previous experience includes work with the accounting firm of Peat Marwick (now KPMG) addressing the needs of privately-held companies in the firm’s Private Business Advisory Services section. He has provided his clients with planning and consulting services in which he has addressed various tax and financial issues including estate planning, business continuity planning, income tax planning, investment and insurance due diligence, and non-qualified deferred compensation design.
Mr. Brownlie has been active in private equity investing over the last fifteen years. Mr. Brownlie was past chairman of the board of directors of Chain Electric Company and Waste Partners Environmental, Inc. He also currently serves on the board of managers of Terrace Energy, LLC, and previously served on the board of directors of Knight Waste Services, Ltd., Oncore Onsite Services, LLC, Coal City Cob and Royal Baths Manufacturing Company.
Mr. Brownlie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and a member of the Personal Financial Planning and Tax Sections of the AICPA. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and has been a speaker for the TSCPA’s continuing education programs. He is past chairman of the board of directors and current member of the Fort Worth Business & Estate Council, UT Southwestern Medical Center Estate Planning Council, the Dallas Estate Planning Council, and the North Texas Chapter of the National Committee on Planned Giving. He has also served on the Estate Planning and Planned Giving Advisory Boards for Baylor University. He was an Anderson Clayton Fund Scholarship recipient and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University.
Mr. Brownlie is a supporter of several children’s charities, is a member of The Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate and is a professional advisor and board member of the North Texas Community Foundation. Mr. Brownlie has served on the board of directors of the Arlington Independent School District’s Education Foundation, the board of directors of the Community Enrichment Center, the Welcome House Youth Service Center Advisory Council in Arlington, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, and the board of trustees of Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, chairing the school’s endowment committee from 2002-2011.