Wealth Management Advisor
Dennis is the founder of Stearns Financial Group and a nationally recognized expert on Financial Planning and the effect of Super Trends on clients’ investments, careers and the economy. He is the author of several books and is regularly quoted in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Kiplinger Finance, Financial Planning magazine and the Journal of Financial Planning.
Dennis has advanced training in investment planning, financial planning, business planning and estate planning.
The Financial Planning Association calls Dennis “one of the leading financial scenario experts and futurists.” He is considered an expert on “Super Trends,” or how the convergence of globalization, technology accelerators, the global age wave and other forces will dramatically impact our investments, our financial planning, our careers and our lives in the future.
He is a featured speaker at many regional and national conferences and economic events and regularly leads and participates in think tanks on financial planning and investment topics. Dennis is also often asked to provide “best practices” workshops for financial advisors and planners.
Dennis has also written articles and spoken frequently on how to avoid the “villains of decision making,” coaching clients on how to make better decisions in personal finance, careers, businesses and in life.
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Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® , Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Numerous other print and on-line publications
I am a big believer in focusing on family, putting our clients’ needs above our own, lifelong learning and giving back to my community. My hobbies include tennis, skiing and chess. Being a former chess expert, I learned early on that balancing short-term focus (tactics) with long-term vision (strategy) is the best way to win at chess, in life and to achieve financial independence. I was fortunate to be a member of one of the winningest Pan-American chess teams in U.S. history. Today, I coach an inner-city chess club and play chess against up to 30 people at once to raise money for children’s charities.