GREENVILLE – After more than 35 years serving as a community pillar in the Greenville area, well-respected financial adviser Steve Litchfield celebrated his retirement among friends and family this week at Montage Cafe.
“It’s been an amazing journey over the last 36 years,” said Steve. “It’s hard to believe I moved here shortly after my 22nd birthday and was able to build a businesses to help hundreds of families reach their financial objectives. It was a very gratifying and rich experience.”
As part of the retirement celebration, Steve was awarded with certificates of appreciation from the City of Greenville and Ohio House of Representatives for his ongoing local contributions.
“Your commitment to the community with the Special Olympics and service organizations has just been phenomenal,” said Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers. “You are greatly appreciated in the City of Greenville, and words can’t say enough of all that you’ve done and what you’ve meant for the residents of Greenville.”
Steve was born in Illinois, but grew up in New York right across from his soon to be wife, Eileen. He moved just before his high school senior year and graduated in St. Louis.
Steve then attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, where he attained his Bachelor’s of Science specializing business with a minor in history in December of 1976.
He began his long and illustrious career at Edward Jones Investments in January of 1977, after being impressed by Ted Jones, the then-managing partner at the Greenville office. Ted also hailed from Fulton, which added to their immediate kinship.
Originally Steve’s office was located on the third floor of the Weaver Building, however after a request to fix a faulty elevator turned into a timely ordeal, he moved to offices at 115 W. 4th Street and later to 300 W. Main St., Suite B., where the office is currently located.
In 1982, Steve became a Regional Leader and General Partner with the firm. He then went on to assist several local Jones financial advisers to kick-start their own offices, and began a succession program in 2011 with Dave Connelly to retire at the end of the year.
“I am so proud of the work that Steve did to help his clients, while being a great husband, father and community supporter,” said Eileen, Steve’s wife. “I am excited for this new chapter for us.”
In addition to running his local office, Steve also has a long history of participating in numerous civic involvements.
Steve has been involved in the Kiwanis Club of Greenville since 1977, and became the civic organization’s president in 1982, where for years he told birthday stories and performed his “Thought for the Week.” He was named the Kiwanian of the Year in 2011, and oversaw Pancake Day ticket sales for 12 years.
When Kiwanis was involved for many years with the Labor Day Cross Country Event for Greenville schools, Steve loyally served as the “bridge troll.”
Steve also was integral in the inception of the Special Olympics of Darke County, where he’s served as the Fund Raising Chair since 1987, while assisting at the award stand each year for Special Olympics Track and Field Day.
If that wasn’t enough, Steve participated in the Darke County United Way campaign beginning in 1981, and eventually included a stint as campaign chair and president. He was also a board member on the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences and developments of being a part of the community in a positive way. It’s just been a great career,” added Steve.
Along with nine partners, Steve also opened the Greenville Inn in 1985, and served as an officer for several years until the sale of the Inn in Dec. 2005.
Steve’s personal interests vary widely, but he’s taken a special interest in personal fitness, mountain hiking, golf and reading.
He’s run the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon (half-marathon) for 4 years, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney (twice) and Mt. Elbert among others.
Of course his greatest involvement has been the raising of his two children, Dan and Becca, with his loving wife Eileen.
He is now enjoying his children as married adults and his new role as “Gramps,” with granddaughters Hannah, Molly and Evey.
Other than regular visits to both Chicago and Columbus to visit their children, Steve and Eileen plan to stay in Greenville, where they’ve built their lives over the years.