E Lawrence Tyree Smith is the founder and president of ELS Vision Wealth Management. He serves as a Wealth Planning Advisor who specializes in comprehensive financial planning for successful professionals and small business owners through life’s big financial decisions. Lawrence guides his clients, with their vision in mind, through a strategic design, empowering them to secure their legacy.
Lawrence has over a decade of experience in the financial planning industry with positions at JPMorgan Chase and Lincoln Financial Group. During this time, he developed his passion for helping others achieve their financial goals, ultimately leading to the creation of ELS Vision Wealth Management in 2017. The firm was founded in alignment with the mission to serve first, serve last and serve always, while standing on the principle of good fiscal stewardship in the community and among our clients.
Lawrence is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with designations from the College for Financial Planning as a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS). He holds his Series 6,7,63, 66 and Life and Health Insurance Licenses. His work has been highly regarded in the industry, earning him Rookie of the Year1, Advisor of Now2, and the 2019 and 2020 Five Star Professional Wealth Manager award3. He is the namesake of a Life Happens Foundation scholarship and was recently named an honoree of the Association of African American Financial Advisors’ 50 Under 504.
An alum of Paul Quinn College and a board member of the Guide Right Foundation of Dallas, Lawrence finds passion in uplifting his community. He volunteers his time serving on church and community boards. Lawrence is a proud father and husband who is motivated by his wife and two children to make a difference every day.
1This internal award is based on the Financial Professional who is inexperienced in our industry, has been with us for two or less years and who has the most NCC as well as good standing with the firm and the financial regulators
2This internal award is based on total FY NCC, YOY NCC growth, total number of fees, mix of business, advocacy, team building, and attitude as well as good standing with the firm and the financial regulators.
3The Five Star Wealth Manager Award is independently produced by Five Star Professional (FSP) and is based on data from financial advisors, regulatory disclosures, and FSP research. We applied for the award. Neither the advisors nor their parent firm pay a fee to FSP for the nomination or receipt of the award. The award was independently granted and membership in an organization was not required. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager is no guarantee of investment success.
4 The Fifty Under 50 Award is independently produced by the Association of African American Financial Advisors (AAAA) and is based on accomplishments, contributions to the industry, leadership, and promise by a committee of their peers. Lawrence was independently nominated for the award. Neither the advisors nor their parent firm pay a fee to AAAA for the nomination or receipt of the award. The award was independently granted and membership in an organization was required. Working with a Fifty Under 50 Award recipient is no guarantee of investment success.