Our Story

Bob Derrenbacker graduated from Colgate University in 1959. He joined Northwestern Mutual in 1960 and began his insurance career in Syracuse, New York. Since then, Bob has worked with families, business owners, physicians, and other professionals in regard to their insurance and investment programs.

Several of his clients needed assistance with their employee benefit programs, so Bob began working with these clients on their Group Life and Long-Term Disability coverage needs. He also began assisting them with their qualified and non-qualified retirement plans.

Peter Derrenbacker joined his father at Northwestern Mutual after graduating from Colgate University in 1989. Peter began assisting Bob with many of his existing client relationships as well as developing a strong client base of his own. The two would later enter a partnership with Jim Shields, a long-time Northwestern Mutual representative with his own growing practice and become what is now known as Derrenbacker Shields Financial Group.

As the business grew, so did the team. Today, Bob, Peter and Jim are joined by another financial professional – Jim’s son, Tim Shields. The office also includes five team members that help ensure all clients receive the personal and attentive service they deserve.