Derek Lawson received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and M.S. in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University. Derek is currently a graduate research assistant at Kansas State Prior to coming on campus, Derek was a financial planner at Sonas Financial Group in Kansas City, Missouri. Derek has been actively involved in the financial planning community and currently serves as Treasurer of the Financial Therapy Association. He has served on several committees and boards for other regional and national professional organizations, such as the FPA of Greater Kansas City, Financial Planning Association's (FPA) NexGen group (planners age 36 and under), and NAPFA Genesis, as well as having been a social media consultant for financial planning firms.