About Us

Joe Zappia, III, CFEI, BS MIS, Manager/Financial Advisor

Certified Financial Education Instructor


Joe Zappia, III, is an award-winning insurance agent and financial planner.  He is a graduate of Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems, a business-related degree.
He is a member of the DuBois Area Jaycees, the Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce, and is a past board member of DuBois Business Networkers.
He has over 15 years of business experience, including over a decade in the insurance & financial planning industry.  He believes in education and is a life-long learner.  In addition to Continuing Education and Re-Certification requirements, he recently earned the Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI) designation awarded by the National Financial Educators’ Council.
He is health-conscious and regularly walks outside or lifts weights at the gym.
An avid sports fan, he watches Penn State & Steelers Football and Pirates Baseball.
Joe loves music and singing.  He was in chorus and marching band in high school and college.  The dedication & discipline learned in the band has carried over into his business life.  When others have quit, he continues on and is successful.
 Joe feels that it’s important to be active in the community.  He enjoys volunteering for the Jaycees, the YMCA, Run/Walk for Someone Special, the MS Walk, and the Salvation Army.  In college, he helped with Habitat for Humanity.
He can be reached at (814) 371-4901,
(412) 265-6383, or 1-800-569-2867.

Working Together With Robert J. Knox, CFP® with Venn Financial Solutions

Certified Financial Planner

Robert J. Knox has over 37 years of experience in the Insurance and Financial Profession.

Years ago Robert’s mentor, Roland Bechtel, taught him the single most valuable lesson was to successfully help clients achieve their financial goals.
Mr. Knox feels following a “Safe Money” mindset can help you create a comfortable & soothing financial environment. Robert can analyze your overall financial situation, providing guidance and assistance on a broad range of financial topics, including · Planning for health care protection and long-term care needs.· Structuring distributions from pensions, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, IRAs and Social Security for a secure lifetime income.· Developing effective estate planning strategies.You can count on Robert’s expertise, education, and integrity in order to help you obtain the most beneficial financial results you desire to achieve.
Robert served in the Air Force.  He enjoys lifting weights, watching high school and college wrestling, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Robert and his late wife Nina owned the Bechtel Agency for many years.

In Memory of: Joseph C. Zappia, Jr., CLU, BSCD, Founder

2013-Final Photo

Joe Zappia, Jr., was a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development and an Associate’s Degree in Business.He held the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from the American College and had won many awards.
He had over 35 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry and previously worked for Prudential Financial in Du Bois PA.
He served in the United States Army Reserves.
He passed away on December 22, 2014.
Robert J. Knox, CFP and Joseph C. Zappia, III, BS MIS, of Venn Financial Solutions offer Investment Advisory Services through their registration with Venn Wealth & Benefit Services, LLC. A Pennsylvania Registered Investment Advisor.
Venn Financial Solutions and Venn Wealth & Benefit Services, LLC are not affiliated entities.

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