Born and raised in London Stephen entered the life insurance business at a young age in 1981 with Excelsior Life. Focusing on hard work and determination enjoyed success early on becoming a top producer nationally for Excelsior which led to the brokerage arena. With only two companies allowing to broker at the time Steve became part of a new breed of insurance agents which in turn benefited clients with quality products at a fair cost.
Evolving in the business Stephen took on specialty cases such as working with an association putting together a benefit plan in several provinces then turned to representing a handful of insurers to promote, market and contract agents to deliver product to the Southwestern Ontario region.
Earning a solid reputation in the industry the Canadian Bar Insurance Association came knocking to see if Steve would take on a position as an Authorized Representative for the legal community in the London and Windsor area in the fall of 1988. Accepting the new position on a part time basis the under serviced region became a significant part of the Ontario in force insurance block of business for the CBIA.
Developing a foundation of trust with the insurer for the CBIA, Westbury Canadian Life, Stephen was approached in the summer of 1995 to take on a similar position as an Authorized Representative for the Canadian Council of Engineers now known as Engineers Canada which complimented the work with the lawyer’s program of servicing Southwestern Ontario.
With the growing number of clients over time Steve recruited, got licensed, trained and contracted wife Ann, daughter Laura and son-in-law Patrick. Together, the team grew Wise Insurance into the Wise Financial Group Inc. and built the company to where it is today.
Personally, Steve competed in the sport of volleyball for decades founding the London Volleys a successful league that hosted the first ever Ontario Co-ed Volleyball Tournament that consisted of four divisions and about 100 teams competing in a three-day tournament throughout the majority of high school and public facilities in London drawing teams from all over Ontario. Recruited by the Ontario Volleyball Association, Steve put together coaching, player and refereeing clinics and negotiated gym time for the local OVA teams to practice and grow the sport in the London community.
Stephen, today, enjoys time with family helping raise three grandchildren – Spencer, Marshall and Brooke. Working out has become a habit and listening to music a relaxing hobby.