Steve began his 29-year financial services career immediately upon graduation from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992. He achieved a B. A. degree, Magna Cum Laude, with a double major of Economics and Business Administration.
As a native Iowan, born and raised on his families’ farm in nearby Wellman, Iowa his heritage was deeply engaged in agriculture. In 1994, Steve founded Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. (FFS), a program to offer strategies to ‘preserve the family farm’.
Today FFS has 13 associates and does business in 7 Midwestern states. While saving estate shrinkage was the original mission, keeping countless numbers of farms in the family has been the driving force behind day to day operations.
Steve is one of three founding partners in a new firm called Next Gen Ag Advocates, Ltd. Where FFS is positioned to transition operating farms within the family, Next Gen’s mission is to match inheriting or retiring land owners with an outside the family producer to operate the farm.
Steve has served as President of Cedar Rapids Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He also served on the board of directors for the Iowa FFA Foundation and Coe College’s Board of Visitors. He currently writes a popular column on farm transition and succession strategies the Iowa Farmer Today, Illinois Farmer Today and Missouri Farmer Today publications.
Steve is active at his church and owns and operates his family farm operation in southeast Iowa. He is married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer. They are the proud parents of Brody (age 22), twins Baxter and Ayva (age 19).