Barry Smith

Senior Advisor / Chief Compliance Officer


Barry C. Smith was a partner with Woodridge Capital Portfolio Management prior to their merger with Element Wealth. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Barry has a degree in economics from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Millsaps College. He started his investment career in 1978 with the Jackson office of Morgan-Keegan & Co., serving clients as an investment consultant.

In 1983, Barry accepted a position with Trustmark National Bank in Jackson, Mississippi where he worked for more than 14 years as manager of the Investment Services Department. In 1985 and 1986, Barry was selected to attend the American Bankers Associations School of Funds Management in Boulder, Colorado where he received extensive training in asset/liability and portfolio management.

From 1992 to 1997 Barry sat on the board of directors and served as President, CEO and Chief Supervisory Officer for Trustmark Financial Services, Inc. (TFSI), Trustmark’s then broker/dealer subsidiary.

Always an advocate for unbiased investment management, Barry decided to put his experience to use for the benefit of investment advisory clients. As a result, he opened his own investment advisor practice in 1998, growing assets under management to more than $40 million by the time Woodridge Capital was formed.

Barry is married to the former Pam Huff, who is a CPA and the CFO for Pileum Corporation, a business and technology consulting firm. They have two sons and are long time members of the First Baptist Church of Madison.