Douglas Dawson, CFP, ChFC, CLU

We execute and focus on financial goals to realize clients lasting legacy

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Dawson Financial Services Douglas Dawson, CFP, ChFC, CLU Houston, Texas

We execute and focus on financial goals to realize clients lasting legacy

Areas of Focus

  • Choosing a Financial Advisor
  • Estate Planning
  • Financial Life Planning
  • Inherited Wealth
  • Insurance

About Me

Doug is an experienced professional who has built a career and reputation based on serving clients. After a successful career in the National Football League, Doug shifted his career to strategic wealth management. Since 1989, Doug and his team of experts have been helping thousands of people find their path to financial security.

A proud graduate of the University of Texas, Doug played offensive line for the Longhorn football team for four seasons. He was named a consensus All-American for both football and academics his senior year. He was a second-round draft pick in 1984 of the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to play for eight seasons in the NFL. Over his career he played for the Cardinals, Houston Oilers and the Cleveland Browns. When a football injury temporarily sidelined his career, Doug Dawson joined Northwestern Mutual. He realized the opportunity for impact associated with the career, because of the legacy of his grandfather, Ross Dawson, who was a General Agent and member of the Million Dollar Round Table. When Doug returned to football to play for the Oilers, he continued to meet with clients. In fact, his last two years of professional football were his first two years of finishing among the top twenty performers in the nation with Northwestern Mutual.

After the NFL, Doug focused full time on helping others find financial security. He has built a strong wealth management team and continues to achieve Northwestern Mutual's highest honors.

National Sales Achievement Award
National Quality Award
Attracting Quality Associates (AQA)

Doug and his team encourage you to review the background of every financial professional you may work with at www.finra.org. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. All told, FINRA oversees nearly 5,000 brokerage firms, about 173,000 branch offices and approximately 677,000 registered securities representatives.

After achieving the high honors in both football and academics, Doug graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 with his Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering. After college, Doug played professional football for the Cardinals, Oilers and Browns during which time he also started his practice with Northwestern Mutual, placing among the top twenty performers in the nation. These achievements would be a dream come true for some people, but, for Doug Dawson, they were a platform to make other people's dreams come true. Doug found that the most fulfilling experiences have been off the football field.

Doug Dawson's passion for making an impact and turning dreams into reality began during his football career. While volunteering for Make a Wish, Doug visited children with life-threatening illnesses and established relationships with the entire family. Over the years, Doug has continued to serve on the Make a Wish Board, as well as other local non-profits like Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Above all, Doug considers being a Dad his greatest opportunity for impact. According to Doug, "Arlin and Ross are a true blessing. I thank God every day for the privilege of being their father." Whether serving the community, spending time with his kids, or meeting with clients, Doug Dawson considers every moment an opportunity for impact. Doug serves as a coach and accountability partner to his clients along with his team of highly-credentialed associates who share his vision for making an impact. Together, Doug and his team inspire others to dream big dreams, impact the community with their hearts for service and turn financial security into a reality.

Professional Designations

  • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)


1 Riverway Suite 900

Meeting Options

  • Video Conference
  • In-Person
  • Phone

About our Firm

Providing Clarity and Guidance in a Complex Financial World.

Reaching financial success doesn’t happen by accident.

Doug Dawson and his team of experts help clients create a vision for the future. The Mission of Doug's team is to be a catalyst for our clients by helping them clarify, focus and execute on their long-term financial goals and dreams.

Doug spent nearly a decade in the NFL, and he knows the value a great coach can have on a team’s success. Choosing to work with Doug and his team means you’ll have someone on your sideline for all of life’s opportunities and challenges.

We believe that everyone deserves to find financial success. We will guide and organize your financial life to help you find your own vision of financial security.


Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Class of 1984 Consensus First Team All American 1983 First-Team Academic All American 1983 Endowed Presidential Scholarship, Friar Society 1983 Industry Designations CLU® Chartered Life Underwriter The Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation has long been recognized as the fundamental and foremost educational credential for life insurance professionals. ChFC® Chartered Financial Consultant The Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation focuses on the comprehensive financial planning process as an organized way to collect and analyze information on a client's total financial situation; to identify and establish specific financial goals; and to formulate, implement, and monitor a comprehensive plan to achieve those goals. Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Doug Dawson is a qualifying/life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. MDRT is The Premier Association of Financial Professionals. Founded in 1927, MDRT provides its members with resources to improve their technical knowledge, sales and client service while maintaining a culture of high ethical standards. Doug Continues to achieve their highest honors: Million Dollar Round Table Top of the Table Million Dollar Round Table Court of the Table Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Life Member Million Dollar Round Table Qualifying Member Million Dollar Round Table Provisional Member

Volunteer Experience

Vita Living Houston, American Heart Association, Gina Garrison Foundation, Adults Taking Care, Make-A-Wish


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