John Steffen

In a nutshell, I consult with finance departments, keep a blog or two, and actively support the goal of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis.


Steffen Consulting, Inc. is the name of my consulting business. I help finance departments gain efficiencies by using spreadsheet programs and databases. In a sense, I’m a tech person dressed like a finance or accounting professional, skilled at getting the most out of Microsoft Excel, Access, and SQL Server.

I’m based in Chicago but my services are not location specific. Chicago is a transportation hub so I can get anywhere quickly and cheaply. I also have full capability for screen sharing or web meetings. Learn more on my website and get in touch if you would like a free consultation.

I started a website called when I was between clients, but I got busy before it was done and it faltered. At some point, it will be an ongoing spreadsheet project open to anyone interested in financial planning and analysis. It will include a free, downloadable spreadsheet and tons of tips and tricks.

Soon, like 2015, you’ll be able to follow along on the blog to get updates and fresh content related to topics like corporate performance management and spreadsheet optimization. It may not sound like fun to you, but it does to me.


I’ve maintained a personal blog since January 2006. It’s a stream of notes about books, movies, food, golf courses, etc… I can’t really help myself. I’m kind of compelled to do it and it’s actually sort of therapeutic. It’s also where I keep ongoing information on my efforts to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

I like keeping my blog on my own server (versus posting content on Tumblr or Facebook) because I own my content and there’s no chance of it being shut down like Posterous or Google Reader. It gives me a little peace of mind, plus I won’t be clogging up your Facebook timeline with my stuff. That’s me, always thinking about you.

Chicago Public Golf

I love the golf in Chicago and I bet you will too, so I’d like to help you find a place to play by making course browsing and discovery a little easier. To that end, I’ve created a list of courses with links so you’re only a click away from all of the information you need to figure out where to play next.

This list is simple to pull up on your mobile device and the phone numbers should be clickable, so you can dial up for a tee time right from the web page. When you’re on your way, click the Google Maps link and get directions. Easy peasy.


The best way to reach me is through Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. But if you must email, you can probably figure out my address if you can figure out the first letter of my first name (note, the chances of me replying to an email are about zero if you’re not already in my address book).

You can also find me on Instagram, Flickr, and Gravatar.