Our People

Brian Sears
Brian Sears
CEO & Founder
Service Academy Capital Management, LLC

Brian Sears is the CEO & Founder of Service Academy Capital Management, LLC (SACMGT). SACMGT is a majority veteran owned and operated investment firm focused on advising Ultra High Net Worth Clients on their investments. In addition, the firm has a philanthropic component in helping veterans and/or their families regain their financial footing as they go through times of transition or duress.

Prior to forming Service Academy Capital Management, Mr. Sears was a Managing Director at Barclays Wealth America and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of Barclays’ offices in Century City, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. He has overall responsibility for the growth of the Barclays’ Wealth and Investment Management business in the Western Region of the United States.

From 2007 – 2010 Brian was the Global Co-Head of Distribution and Product Development for Alternative Investments at Lehman/Neuberger Berman in New York. Brian also spent over 12 years as an Investment Advisor in Los Angeles at Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Sears also worked in Equity Capital markets for Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong.

Before joining the financial services industry, Brian served with distinction in the United States Navy. He participated in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and various other operations overseas.

Mr. Sears holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and BS in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips
Managing Director
Service Academy Capital Management, LLC

Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Scott attended University of Kansas(KU) before moving to Texas in 1979. While attending KU, Scott was recruited to work for Southwestern Life Insurance Company. Scott then went to work for Conti Commodities as a commodities resource broker in Houston. Scott then joined Rauscher, Pierce, and Refsnes in Dallas, his career progressed and he was soon promoted to the senior position in risk management for the firms bond department where he evaluated bond positions in the firm's inventory for clients and ultimately ran the matched book and repo desk for Rauscher. In June of 1982 Scott was hired at Garvin Independent Municipal Brokers and was instrumental in opening and running branch offices for RW Smith and associates of Seattle, WA. and ACS Muni Brokers in Dallas, TX.

In 1988, Scott founded Associated Bond Brokers, Inc. As founder & CEO, Scott was responsible for overseeing all operations of the firm. Scott ran the firm until 2007 when he was presented with the opportunity to join Hayman Capital, a Dallas based hedge fund founded by Kyle Bass. Until 2010, Scott was the senior portfolio manager for Hayman Municipal Strategies, a subsidiary of Hayman Capital. Scott's responsibilities included establishing and maintaining client relationships and providing support for daily trading activities in the fund.

Scott Joined Service Academy Capital Management, LLC in the autumn of 2018.

Scott and his beautiful wife Cathy have been married 17 years. They are actively involved in philanthropy and their church. In their spare time they love to travel and play golf.