Our Team

Legacy Financial Group is proud of the unique style of each of our team members. You'll find us to be client-focused, highly trained, and dedicated to meeting your life goals. Financial planning may seem daunting, but we are here to guide you on your journey.


William Elson

Certified Financial Planner®


As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Bill has a duty to work in the best interests of his clients and to act in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards for the practice of financial planning.

Bill gets satisfaction from being client focused, highly trained, and dedicated to meeting your life goals. He believes the real strength in Legacy is its people. Through them, he believes you will find a comfortable fit here at Legacy.

In his free time, Bill enjoys being outdoors, cycling, travel, ISU athletics, reading and puzzles. Having grown up on a farm near Bondurant, he enjoys his yard and garden, and also his German Shepherds and horses.

Professional Designations:
• CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING™ Professional, College for Financial Planning

• Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University

Bill has been helping people make financial decisions since 1988.

Brian Hood

Certified Financial Planner®


As an independent financial adviser, Brian takes great pride in freedom of thought when it comes to investment selection and investment philosophy. He endeavors to truly work for his clients. Brian speaks enthusiastically of his work: “What we offer at Legacy is an organized process built around your financial goals.”

Brian brings his advisory experience to the classroom. He is a noted speaker and is routinely invited to conduct education workshops for major employers and employees throughout Iowa, as well as for several human resources and wellness professional organizations.

For relaxation, Brian enjoys honing his skills as a pilot, spending time with his family, and participating in many outdoor activities. He resides just outside the Des Moines area with his wife, Kim, and three daughters.

Professional Designations:
• CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNING™ Professional, College for Financial Planning

• Associates Degree in Business Administration and Financial Management, American Institute of Business

Rachel Wood

Financial Advisor
Accredited Investment Fiduciary®


Rachel has worked in the financial planning industry since 2002 and joined us in 2005. Rachel is a 2001 graduate of AIB College of Business and in her free time she enjoys cooking and camping with her family.

Professional Designations:
• Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional

Rachel Wood earned the AIF® Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies in 2016. The AIF® Designation certifies she has specialized knowledge of fiduciary standards of care and their application to the investment management process.

Scott Arnburg

Financial Advisor


Scott joined Legacy Financial Group in 2010 after serving as a Registered Representative with ING. He has a strong belief in using the power of financial planning to define your stepping stones to long-term financial success.

Scott and his family have opened their home to numerous children through the Iowa DHS Foster Parent system. And he is active with the Ankeny Izaak Walton League, as well as the U.S. Practical Shooting Association. He and his wife, Wendy, have been married since 1996 and have a son and daughter.

Tamara Smith

Financial Advisor


Joining Legacy in 2018, Tamara brought over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her areas of experience are retirement income analysis and retirement distribution strategies. And Tamara’s in-depth understanding of women’s finances assists with their unique planning needs regarding emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing. She also enjoys volunteering with a variety of organizations, and spending quality time with her husband, Chad, and their two children.

• Associates Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from AIB College of Business

• Bachelor Degree in Management/Emphasis Marketing from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa
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Scott Nelson

Financial Advisor


Through his own journey of wealth accumulation and financial planning, Scott discovered a passion to educate, serve and lead others in achieving their financial goals.

Scott joined Legacy Financial Group in 2016, and quickly became an integral part of our team. In addition to serving clients, Scott enjoys partnering with local employers to deliver Legacy's Financial Wellness Educational Programs.

Scott and his wife, Jen, have two sons. His family is active in soccer, spending time outdoors and volunteering at church.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa.

• Associate’s Degree in Sales and Marketing from American Institute of Business, Des Moines.
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Wyatt K. Earp

Financial Advisor


Since 1975, Wyatt Earp has helped corporations and individuals set up and maintain dependable investment plans. He enjoys using his experience to manage investments and design strategies to reduce risk and taxes for investors.

Previously the owner of Wyatt Earp Wealth Management, Wyatt joined the Legacy team in 2019. He is a Registered Representative with Brokers International Financial Services, Inc.

Wyatt has a Bachelor Degree in Economics and a minor in Industrial Administration from Iowa State University.

Wyatt and his wife, Sara, have two sons and three grandchildren.

Dirk Johnston

Relationship Manager


Dirk joined Legacy in 2018 as a Relationship Manager, and you'll often find him attending reviews with the advisors. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with a major in Finance and minor in Business Economics.

A big sports fan, Dirk follows pretty much any sport - football, basketball, golf - especially the Kansas City Chiefs. He enjoys spending time with his family, the Lake of the Ozarks, and vacationing in Colorado. Be sure to let him know if you have a favorite restaurant in the Des Moines area. He's always ready to explore a new place.

Eric Danner

Relationship Manager


Eric has been in the financial services industry since 1998 and believes in creating a strong financial plan to help his clients achieve their financial goals and dreams. He joined Legacy in 2019 to pursue his passion for personal finance, treating his clients like family while acting with the highest fiduciary standard.

Eric and his wife, Ann, moved back to their home state of Iowa from Colorado in 2015. They have 3 daughters and his family is active in soccer and gymnastics. A huge sports fan, Eric enjoys his two favorite teams, the ISU Cyclones and Denver Broncos. His family also loves to travel to see their extended family in the United Kingdom and Germany.

He has a finance and economics degree from Iowa State University, and also holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) designations from the College of Financial Planning.


Melissa Clines

Chief Operating Officer


Edina Peck

Client Services Manager


Lexy Weers

Client Services Specialist


Brooke Raley

Client Services Specialist


Cody Runyon

Client Services Specialist


Andrew Smithson

Systems, Process and Training Manager


Judi White



Clarissa Kraayenbrink



Kathy Krogmeier

Marketing Specialist


Sheila Linskens

Strategic Advisor

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