Steven E. Zeller CFP®, CExP®, AIF®

Co-Founder, President & Senior Wealth Adviser

Steven Zeller is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Certified Business Exit Planner, Accredited investment Fiduciary, practicing Wealth Advisor, and is President of Zeller Kern Wealth Advisors. He has 24 years experience within his profession.

Serving Business Owners

Along with traditional wealth advisement, which includes comprehensive retirement planning for individuals, and other financial planning, Steve has many years of experience working closely with first- and second-generation business owners, and their families.

Steve is a relatively unique advisor for consumer product manufacturing business owners because of his previous background working as a territory manager for a Fortune 500 consumer products company. As a result, he understands branding, positioning, distribution channels, product pricing, retail distribution, product promotion, and the overall product life cycle. This uniqueness, along with his business education, and being a business owner himself, makes him uniquely able to understand the business owner’s needs.

He advises them on growing and protecting their wealth, creating comprehensive business exit plans. designing and managing company retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, and other solutions to build the value of their company.

Through his many years of providing Business Exit Planning, he has developed an effective Exit Planning Process that his firm uses today. He is also an active member of the Business Enterprise Institute, a national organization for exit planning professionals, and has been a featured speaker at the annual conferences.

A Passion for Making a Positive Difference

What Steve enjoys most about his profession is having a passion for making a positive, life enhancing difference for his clients and their families. He achieves this by developing a deep understanding of them, delivering planning and solutions, and providing the highest level of client service, possible – “It’s a relationship business.”

Steve continues to actively learn, attend conferences, and develop planning processes such as the firm’s Focused Wealth Process, “Purposeful Conversations,” their Business Exit Planning Process, and their firm’s Family Legacy Development Process.

Steve is also experienced in helping high net worth families develop a Family Legacy Plan, which involves facilitating family retreats to help the family establish a family vision statement, mission statement, and financial philosophy statement. Ultimately, a written family legacy plan is created, family meetings follow, and the family then begins on the road to family governance.  

Active Writer and Speaker

Steve actively participates in the advancement of the wealth advisement profession by writing several articles and conducting regular public speaking engagements on the subjects of business value building, business exit planning, family legacy development, and other timely topics related to retirement planning, and growing and preserving wealth.  He has his own professional Blog – www.family-fortunes.com, Where he dedicates his time towards these topics, and is a contributor to the ExitMap Blog.

Co-Founder and President of SPAN

He is an active participant in his community, volunteering his time on many charitable boards. He is also President and co-founder of the Sacramento Professional Advisors Network, an organization of established advisors for business owners  www.sacproadvisors.com.

His Family and Passions

In his off-hours, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife, Cynthia, and their Short-Haired Border Collie, “Max”, while their Son Kevin, attends school at Creighton University. He enjoys building friendships in the community, giving back, staying fit, traveling, reading books, studying history, economics and capital markets, and is an accomplished guitar player and guitar collector.

Request Steve to Speak to Your Organization

If you’re interested in Steve speaking to your organization on a timely financial or business related topic, you can request him to do so by completing the form below.

 

Current Memberships

  • Sacramento Professional advisors Network – Co-founder and President
  • Sutter Club – Facilities Committee
  • Purposeful Planning Institute
  • Financial Planning Association, Northern California Chapter
  • Business Enterprise Institute
  • Idaho Technology Council
  • Boise Metro Chamber
  • Capital Region Family Business Center
  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
  • Finance Council Board Member St. Johns Church
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Sacramento Professional Advisors Network – Co-founder and President
  • Sutter Club – Facilities Committee
  • Purposeful Planning Institute
  • Financial Planning Association, Northern California Chapter - Board Member

Past Memberships

  • Boy Scouts of America, Golden Empire Council, Executive Board
  • Advisors in Philanthropy
  • National Committee On Planned Giving
  • Client Centered Planning System™ Alumni
  • Vistage
  • Peak™ – Professional Development Group
  • Phoenix Best Practices Network
  • Rotary Club of East Sacramento/Board
  • National Speakers Association
  • Leadership Sacramento, 2008
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Area Trade and Commerce Organization (SACTO)
  • Sacramento Child Advocates, Board of Directors
  • Sacramento Child Advocates, Executive Committee

 

Steve holds his series 7, series 31, series 63, and series 65 registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network. CA Insurance Lic# 0B74763