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Asset Management & Tax Services

Obviously we are substantially biased, but we outright believe that Ashworth Wealth, LLC is one of the best Investment Advisor and Small Business tax firms around. Our overarching culture is highly focused on building strong and long-lasting client relationships. But our foundational roots go even deeper than that. We are a disciplined firm with deep expertise on a myriad of investment, financial planning, tax and small business topics. We truly believe that your success becomes our success.

Ashworth Wealth’s structural values also include the following:

Ashworth Wealth Financial Advisors group photo

Fee-based and fiduciary driven

Client first mind set

Gold Medal Services Protocol

Proactive not Reactive

Team approach in planning and development


Our Team

Whether it is for Investment Advisory services, financial planning, tax or bookkeeping services, Ashworth can be a substantial advocate in helping you achieve your long-term goals. Give us a call and let us see how Ashworth can help you.

Todd McChesney, Senior Wealth Advisor at Ashworth Wealth

Todd McChesney, chfc clu

Senior Wealth Advisor, Owner

Todd is a Principal of Ashworth Wealth, LLC, and independent investment advisor representative serving over 150 high net worth individuals, families and businesses. His focus is helping each of them with all aspects of their wealth management and financial planning.

As a founding member of Ashworth Financial Advisors, LLC in 2002, he helped form the planning philosophy and structure that is applied to all clients. In 2010, Ashworth merged with Empey Financial, Inc. to form Ashworth & Empey Financial, LLC. In 2018, due to the firm growing both organically and via acquisitions, Ashworth & Empey Financial, LLC was rebranded as Ashworth Wealth, LLC. His philosophy is to leave no stone unturned during the planning process, while taking a “think outside the box” attitude. His simplistic approach helps clients understand complex business and financial situations. Todd helps bring clarity and focus in all aspects of the financial process as he helps clients navigate through an ever changing economic environment.

Formerly, he was a senior advisor with Sterling Financial Group, LLC in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his tenure at Sterling, he served on the firm’s management team and helped train over a dozen advisors. He has been active in the financial advisory business since 1995. He also has served extensively with several non-profit organizations during his career including Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah, Boy Scouts of America, and several local youth baseball leagues. Todd regularly speaks to civic groups and other professionals at a variety of conferences and on various financial topics.

He is married to the former Meisha Bird of Shelley, Idaho. Together, they have 5 children, three of which still live at home. In his free time, Todd enjoys attending sporting events, coaching youth baseball, fly fishing, and golf. He resides in Highland, Utah.


BS FInance, University of Utah, 1994

Certifications and Affiliations

ChFC, American College, 1999

CLU, American College, 2000

Member, Financial Planning Association (FPA)

Member, Financial Services Institute (FSI)

R. Scott Thomas, Senior Wealth Advisor at Ashworth Wealth

R. Scott Thomas

Senior Wealth Advisor

Scott is a Principal of Ashworth Wealth, LLC, an independent registered investment advisory firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scott has been helping high net worth families and business owners with their wealth management, strategy and business structuring since 1996.

In 2002, Scott was one of the founding members of Ashworth Financial Advisors, LLC and helped form the planning philosophy and structure that is applied to all clients. In 2010, Ashworth merged with Empey Financial, Inc. to form Ashworth & Empey Financial, LLC. In 2018, due to the firm growing both organically and via acquisitions, Ashworth & Empey Financial, LLC was rebranded as Ashworth Wealth, LLC. Scott has been asked to speak on the subject of asset allocation, investments, modern portfolio theory, taxation, and wealth preservation to universities, civic groups and professional conferences.

Prior to Ashworth Wealth, LLC Scott was an advisor for one of the largest fee-based consulting firms in the Intermountain West. Scott attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.

He is married to Julie Thomas, who is an avid marathoner. They have six children. Away from the office, Scott enjoys fly fishing, skiing, mountain biking, and being in the outdoors. He is active in his church and has been heavily involved in Boy Scouts of America for the last 15 years.


BS Finance, University of Utah, 1996

Certifications and Affiliations

Member, Financial Services Institute (FSI)

Robert M. Woods, Senior Wealth Advisor at Ashworth Wealth

Robert M. Woods, MBA

Senior Wealth Advisor

Robert (Robbie) Woods has been in the financial services industry since 2006. Prior to joining Ashworth Wealth, LLC in 2013, he spent seven years working for Paychex selling 401(k) recordkeeping to small and medium sized businesses. As an Advisor at Ashworth, Robbie has focused on building a clientele that includes businesses (working on their retirement plans), entrepreneurs and individuals. Robbie’s focus is on helping the clients he works with to identify and achieve their financial goals, and enjoy the wealth they have built.

Robbie is married to Melinda Woods, and they are parents to 4 children. Away from work he enjoys watching and coaching soccer games, skiing with his kids, golfing and traveling with Melinda and the kids. He resides in Riverton, Utah.


BA English Literature, University of Utah 2006 

MBA, University of Phoenix, 2009  

Certifications and Affiliations

Member, Financial Services Institute

Peter M. Ferriello, CFP© Senior Wealth Advisor at Ashworth Wealth

Peter M. Ferriello, CFP©

Senior Wealth Advisor

Honesty, integrity, and transparency are fundamental principles that guide every aspect of my business. After a decade of working with Wall Street firms and managing $150 million in client assets, it became apparent that the banking industry’s interests and my clients’ interests were not aligned. This drove me to become an independent financial planner, thus allowing me to act as a fiduciary and provide more thoughtful approaches to each of my client’s specific needs. 

A worthwhile planner understands the nuances of each client and their behavior regarding money. This relationship is about more than how much money is in an account. It requires knowing and understanding who my clients are. Therefore, I have acquired a deep knowledge of behavioral finance and I implement these philosophies into all client interactions. My goal is to reduce stress around money and build my clients’ confidence in their financial plan. This increases the odds of success through retirement. Remember, a financial plan is only useful if one has the tools and confidence to maintain course. 

As a CFP© (Certified Financial Planner) professional, I am held to the highest industry fiduciary and ethical standards. This sought after designation comes with thorough knowledge assessments, background investigations, and continuing education requirements.  

When I am not at the office, I enjoy being with my wife, Katie, and together we love skiing, mountain biking, camping and just about anything outdoors. We are involved in the Italian American Civic League.  Additionally, I am proud to be an Eagle Scout.

James Rawlings - Managing Principal, Owner

James B. Rawlings, CFP®, AIF

Client Advocate

James received a bachelors degree from BYU and is a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) practitioner and an AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary). He was also one of the first 50 people in the state of Utah to obtain the CFP® designation. In 1988, he was selected to give input to the International Board of Certified Financial Planners as they were updating their code of ethics. James has also helped develop, train and nurture numerous other investment advisor professionals. He has received various awards from his broker-dealer, Royal Alliance Associates, including serving for 8 years on Royal Alliance’s Regional Advisory Panel with two years serving as chairman.


Brigham Young University

Bachelors Degree with Emphasis in 

Financial Planning and Business

Certifications and Affiliations

CFP® Professional

AIF®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary

Academy of Preferred Financial Advisors, Member

Licenses and Registrations

Series 24 – General Securities Principal

Series 53 – Municipal Securities Principal

Series 4 – Registered Options Principal

Series 65 – Uniform Investment Advisor

Series 7 – General Securities Representative

Series 63 – State Uniform Securities

Insurance – Life Health and Disability

FINRA BrokerCheck
Austin McChesney, Financial Advisor at Ashworth Wealth

Austin McChesney

Financial Advisor

Austin joined Ashworth Wealth, LLC in November 2021. Prior to joining Ashworth, he began his career in the financial services industry working for Fidelity Investments as a High Net Worth Service Associate from June 2020 to November 2021. While at Fidelity, he developed a deep understanding of the unique needs and expectations of high net worth individuals and families. He is known for his exceptional service and attention to detail. He works closely with his clients to develop personalized financial plans that are tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. He is skilled at navigating complex financial situations and providing thoughtful guidance on a wide range of financial matters, from investments and tax planning to estate planning and philanthropy. His young and adaptive mind is committed to continuous learning and professional development, and is always looking for ways to improve his skills and knowledge.

Austin grew up in Highland, Utah where he graduated from Lone Peak High School. He enrolled at BYU where he played 3 years of collegiate football and is currently finishing up his last classes to complete his Bachelor of General Studies degree.

He is married to the former Brynna DeSanti and they have 2 kids. He enjoys spending time with his family, finding the best new TV series and is an avid sports fan. He resides in Highland, Utah.


Currently Enrolled at Brigham Young University

Licenses and Registrations

Series 7
Series 63
Series 65
Utah Life/Health

David R. Manookin, OSJ Manager at Ashworth Wealth

David R. Manookin

OSJ Manager

Dave is the Managing Executive and OSJ (Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction) – Compliance Officer. 

Dave has been in the financial services business for 23 years and spent most of his time as a compliance officer, but he is a Registered Investment Advisor and a General Securities Principal.

Prior to financial services, he worked in television at KSL TV for 32 years in camera, staging, lighting director and commercial directing before becoming Technical Operations Supervisor. After five years, he was promoted Program Director and shortly thereafter, Vice President of Programming and Technical Operations for 15 years. He took early retirement on January 1, 2000 and, after a short hiatus, he went into financial services.

He has served as President of the Salt Lake Exchange Club, Chair (two years) of the Utah Children board of directors and served in the US Army Reserves from 1966 to 1972.

He is married to the former Sharon Worthen of Colonial Heights, Virginia. They met in church while he was stationed at Ft. Lee, VA. They have five children and eight grandchildren. He loves being with his wife, reading, traveling and watching movies. He used to love playing racquetball and golf. He loves having his grandchildren around, but they grew up and scattered. Holidays are looked forward to, to reunite everyone.


MA Middle East Studies: Arabic – University of Utah 1977

BA Political Science International Relations – University of Utah 1971

Licenses and Registrations

Member – Financial Services Institute (FSI)


Melanie Newbold, Ashworth Wealth

Melanie Newbold

Financial Services Office Manager

Melanie Newbold has been working in the financial industry for over 30 years.  She is proficient in account set up, transfers, and IRA distributions.  Her strengths include accuracy and attention to detail.  She brings a love of working with those preparing for retirement and a desire to always do her best with her to Ashworth Wealth. 


Melanie was born and raised in Utah. She loves the spring and fall seasons here.  She is married with 4 children and enjoys working in the yard, quilting, reading and playing the piano in her free time.


BA in Business Management, University of Utah – 1994

Melanie Newbold - Financial Services Office Manger

Melanie Newbold

Financial Services Office Manger

Nicole Rowe

Tax Services Office Manger

Melanie Newbold, Ashworth Wealth

Melanie Newbold

Financial Services Office Manger

Becky Swain, CPA

Senior Tax Accountant