Stephen J. Avery, ChFC®, CRPC®, CFS®

Stephen J. Avery, ChFC®, CRPC®, CFS®

Investment Adviser Representative

“In every encounter we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.” Brennan Manning

Steve’s passion for helping people is evident in every aspect of his life. Those who know him will quickly tell you about his relentless energy, positivity, and love for others. By focusing this energy on goals and relationships, Steve has turned improbable situations into positive life experiences, both personally and professionally.

If your dream in high school was to play professional football, and you weren’t recruited by a college team, you might think that it was time to set that dream aside, right? Steve didn’t see it that way. As a freshman at Northern Michigan University, he walked on and secured a position as running back. By his second semester of college he was awarded a full scholarship and went on to break the school’s all-time career rushing record. Later, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2005. After graduation, he faced another challenge when he went undrafted by the NFL. Again, his passion and grit served him well and he started in the NFL as a free agent playing for the Houston Oilers. The highlight of his 8-year NFL career was his appearance in Super Bowl XXX as a member of the 1995 AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The unlikely dream became a memorable era of Steve’s life and career.

After retiring from the NFL, Steve turned his energy to helping others work toward achieving their goals and dreams. First, as a representative at AIG, Steve developed solutions for financial advisors to help their clients protect and grow their investments, but Steve wondered if he might make an even greater impact on people’s lives by becoming a financial advisor himself. His passion for building relationships and inspiring others led him to join the team at DSF Wealth Management group, LLC (DSF).

Steve has earned his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Certified Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), and Certified Fund Specialist (CFS®) designations, and he consults primarily with individuals and families, developing customized financial plans. When he delivered his first financial plan and saw the look in his client’s eyes, he knew that he had made the right choice. As a financial advisor at DSF, working directly with clients preparing for their retirement goals, Steve’s purpose and passion align perfectly with enabling others to live a better tomorrow. Steve’s mission is to help as many people as possible work toward financial independence and the life that they dream of for themselves and their families.

Outside of work, nothing is as important to Steve as his faith and family. He and his wife, Sandy, have 4 children: Sophia, Olivia, John, and Judah. The Averys are very involved in their church and have taken several mission trips, most recently to Madagascar and Uganda. Steve enjoys music primarily playing drums, but also guitar and piano and motivational speaking, including sharing his message of pursuing dreams with passion. 

Phone 412-564-5526 x 6009
Fax 412-564-5531
Mobile Phone 724-814-4466