Founder and President
Steve Braun is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he received a BA in Communications and an MBA in Finance and Marketing, with Honors. He has nearly 25 years of financial services experience through various assignments at GMAC, Chrysler Financial, and for the last 16 as the owner of Liberty Financial Planning.
Steve founded Liberty in August 2001 in the depths of the 2000-2002 stock market "tech meltdown" and just two weeks before 9-11. Needless to say it was a tough environment to strike out on his own. He could have joined any established financial planning firm or brokerage house, but instead had a vision for transforming how the industry treats clients – the bold idea that client interests should always come first and that adviser compensation should be based on value delivered and benefits provided rather than just for selling products or charging "percentage of asset" fees. Steve has been an advocate for and pioneer in the use of hourly rates and flat fees for services rendered.
Steve's emphasis on client-focused services and sensible compensation has created the close working relationships he enjoys with clients from all over the financial spectrum. He particularly enjoys hearing from them about how his work has made a positive difference in their lives – on a personal level, not just financially.
When he is not working with clients, Steve enjoys playing basketball regularly and has also developed a running addiction (road and trail). He most recently completed his first full marathon (26.2 miles!) and is now working towards his first 50k ultra-marathon trail race. Steve's most important accomplishment and greatest joy, however, is a strong relationship with his wife of 32 years, Karen. Together they have raised six children and enjoy their four grandchildren.