Steven Aul ChFC®, RICP®

President and CEO

Steven Aul holds ChFC, CLU, and RICP designations, and graduated from Ball State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a recognized financial commentator, co-author, radio host, and licensed insurance agent.

Known to his colleagues and clients as a seasoned and experienced independent financial professional, he regularly conducts financial workshops and hosts The Aul Financial Hour — Your Money Matters radio show on 97.1 FM every Sunday at 11 a.m. Steve has also co-written articles for CNN Money, Fortune, and Money.

Steve resides in Ballwin with his wife, Lori, and their dog, Sophie. His passions include motorcycles, scuba diving, Corvettes, volunteering with local charities, participating in church activities, and spending time with his family.

Mel Brandon

Senior Associate Financial Professional

Since 1991, Mel Brandon has worked in the areas of retirement preservation and income planning strategies for those in and nearing retirement.

Mel works with clients across the country, structuring customized financial strategies to address issues compromising their lifestyle. Realizing there are many options available to clients, Mel is careful to listen to the needs and concerns of each client’s financial situation before delving into a solution to help reach their goals.

By providing a suite of insurance products, he assists clients with life insurance, fixed annuities, and long-term care insurance as they may apply to retirement strategies, legacy-planning strategies, asset protection, and income generation based on each client’s needs.

A bit of a class clown, Mel enjoys interacting with people and making them laugh. Not only is laughter key to him, but education as well. Mel was a regular guest speaker for an organization that trained and educated financial professionals from all over the country. This drove him to stay on top of new options available in the industry. He brings this experience to every client meeting, educating each client on their options before helping assist them in the execution of their decisions.

Mel has three sons, all of whom work in the financial services business. He attended the University of Tennessee and, from there, joined the Air Force Strategic Air Command as a systems analyst. After leaving the Air Force, Mel worked in sales management and training before transitioning over to the financial realm. He enjoys reading a good book, loves to learn new strategies and concepts, and also happens to be a movie buff.

Chris Brandon, CFP®

Director of Operations

As an instrumental asset to Aul Financial Group, Chris takes part in a variety of tasks around the office, including client case design and product and fund research.

Chris has been in the financial services industry since 1996 and has earned the Certified Financial Planner™ certification. His work behind the scenes helps keep things at the office running smoothly and efficiently on a daily basis.

We believe communication is the key to building a successful working relationship. Chris is a seasoned veteran connecting with all our clients, enabling our team to stay informed and educated on your goals and ambitions. This, along with an impeccable level of customer service, helps keep clients happy and thriving. Be sure to schedule your annual reviews through Chris, which will provide us with better insight when helping you make decisions regarding insurance policies and financial products.

Chris has a daughter, Diamand. He enjoys bowling, reading, and spending time with his family.

Pat Mauzy


Pat Mauzy has an extensive background of over 5 years in the financial services, sales, and customer service industries. Pat studied Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is always eager to learn more to strengthen his skillset. Previously a Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator, Pat recently earned his Life, Accident & Health Insurance Producer License. When he is out of the office, you can catch Pat playing hockey, cheering on St. Louis’ sports teams, or working out.

Deanna Orf

Investment Advisor Representative

Deanna Orf is passionate about helping others, especially independent women, become intentional and excited about managing their financial future. After ten years as a self-proclaimed “Domestic CEO” to her seven children, Deanna began her career as a financial advisor in 2007, building a strong foundation of expertise in coaching and protecting her clients. During the recession, she actively worked with clients to ease concerns, identify opportunities and mitigate losses as part of rebuilding their individual investment and retirement savings plans. Deanna is committed to helping others design their own financial road map to achieve the lifestyle they envision for themselves and their family. In addition to financial consulting and advisory services, Deanna is developing educational workshops to engage and empower women to invest in themselves and their financial future.

Stacy Hamm

Administrative Assistant

Stacy has been in the office and administration field for the last 29 years. She brings tremendous experience and efficiency to Aul Financial Group.

Stacy has been married to her husband, Trent, for 19 years and has three lovely daughters — Sam, Becca, and Alex — and a three-year-old grandson, Carter. She is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and loves spending time with her family, especially boating and relaxing at the Lake of the Ozarks. Other hobbies are reading, card playing, board games, and her favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals.