People make all the difference

The varied expertise of our team goes far beyond investment management to encompass retirement planning, tax and estate planning, risk management, philanthropic planning, education planning, and the full spectrum of financial counseling services. The teams coming together to support our clients include specialists with designations and degrees ranging from CFP®, CFA® and CPA to MBA, JD, LLM and PhD.

But, you’ll benefit from more than our technical know-how. From every team member you work with, you’ll sense a willingness to collaborate and to understand and appreciate your views and preferences…along with a selfless dedication to helping you attain your goals.

"Helping clients lead meaningful lives by connecting their personal and financial goals with creative planning solutions is what, in turn, gives meaning to what we do."

Stephen R. Stelljes, JD, CFP®

President of Client Services

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As the President of Client Services and a Principal of The Colony Group, Steve oversees the firm’s financial counseling and investment advisory teams, working together to design and deliver the solutions that will best position clients to achieve their goals as they navigate their personal financial journey. Steve continues to lead many of the firm’s long-standing client relationships, seeking to deliver an exceptional client experience along the way. With a deep understanding of the complicated needs of busy corporate executives and the solutions they require, Steve works with companies to design financial counseling programs for c-suite corporate executives and their employees.

Prior to joining The Colony Group in 1998, Steve provided financial counseling and tax services for high net worth individuals with The Ayco Company, L.P. and the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Steve is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER designation. He is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council.

He earned his Juris Doctor with distinction from Albany Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from the State University of New York with honors.