Derek helps people take complex financial situations and turn them into clear, practical steps to success. He helps clients build a strong financial foundation and prioritizes their goals so they can focus on the most important objectives first. By taking a step-by-step approach, he ensures nothing falls through the cracks and his clients feel confident—rather than overwhelmed—about their financial future.
Many of the people Derek works with are accomplished individuals, including professionals and business owners who have worked hard to create significant assets. He gets to know them personally, helps them see the bigger picture behind their wealth, and shows them a clear path toward their goals. His clients count on him to be their financial guide, and he’s the first person they call when they have questions or need advice. He’s there to help them identify their blind spots and he makes sure they have the right resources so they can secure the financial future they have worked hard for.
In addition to working with individuals, Derek is especially passionate about working with family-owned businesses and their teams. He understands the dynamic of a working in a family business because he grew up in one. His goal is to help clients identify potential issues before they arise so they can effectively plan for the journey ahead. He helps them answer questions like, “Do we have enough to retire?”, “Are the kids prepared to take care of our business?”, and “How do we handle a transition strategically and fairly?”
Derek’s focus for business owners is tax reduction strategies and retirement savings plans. He helps clients identify strategies that not only address their current needs but support their long-term vision of success.
Areas of Focus
- Small Business Planning
- Business Retirement Plans
- Tax Reduction Strategies
- Retirement Planning Strategies
- Investment Management
- Insurance Needs Analysis
- Estate Planning Strategies
- Cash Flow Management Strategies
- Multi-Generational Planning
- CFP® CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
- CEPA® Certified Exit Planning Advisor®
- AIF® Accredited Investment Fiduciary®
- CDFA® Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®
- CLTC® Certified Long-Term Care®
- The Ohio State University, BSBA in finance & investments
Awards & Recognition
- Forbes Best in State Wealth Management Teams, 2023
- Better Business Bureau Accredited
- Donates to Dayton Children’s Hospital
- Donates to Unverferth House / John Hicks Unlimited Love Foundation
- Volunteers & Donates to Crayons to Classrooms
- Volunteers for The Foodbank of Dayton
- Former Board member of Miami Valley Institute of Food and Spirits which sponsors “Farm to Table” education
- Supports local schools and various organizations in his community.
- Financial Planning Association of SW OH – Board Member
- Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts
- Business Networking International
Derek grew up in Ottoville, OH in a small community where his family runs a catering company and restaurant. Being involved in his family’s business gave him a joy for cooking and an appreciation for being part of a family business. He does most of the cooking for his wife Alyssa and their two girls. When he is not working, his life revolves around his kids and their activities. He enjoys golf, spending time near the water, and hosting friends and family for dinners.