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Our core values of "Knowledge-Integrity-Action" are what has taken DLS Financial Services to become one of the most successful and highly recognized divisions of American Classic Agency throughout the nation. We are committed to empowering our agents with encouragement and a desire for success not only in their business, but in every aspect of life. Our focus on teaching and constant expansion of knowledge in the financial services industry is what makes our team stand out from others. With our team, you have the freedom and independence to be the best you can be!


Among the several nationwide divisions of American Classic Agency, DLS Financial Services has recruited some of the TOP in sales and recruitment.

O: 301-220-3555 

C: 301-452-1591

F: 301-248-2518

T: 800-381-4120

Deborah Short

Founder & CEO


Have you ever met someone and instantly you had the thought, ‘We’ve met before?’ Meet Deborah L. Short, Founder and CEO of DLS Financial Services. You may not have met her in person, but chances are, someone that you know, knows someone who’s been in her audience or had the pleasure of seeking her financial guidance.

Affectionately referred to as Superwoman by her colleagues and peers, Debbie doesn’t just do it all,

----She does it all, extremely well. As a highly decorated Federal Government employee for the last 36 years, Debbie is also the supportive wife to Coach, John Short of 34 years and the proud mother of 2 daughters, Demia, Bowie State ’07 and Deondra, Delaware State ’12.


With nearly 46 agents and advisors under her guidance, people often wonder what led Debbie into the world of finance and insurance 19 years ago. The answer: Her heart.

You only need to speak with Debbie for a few moments to witness her sincerity. Beneath a very calm and reserved exterior, a passion and warmth flows as you watch her explain to a new mother how she can ensure her child has a financial foundation and means to attend college without worry; or the patience and care she displays as she advises seniors on their taxable social security benefits and how to make certain they have a stream of income for life.


A native of the Washington DC metropolitan area, you may have seen Debbie in a variety of places. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Morgan State University, and a Master of General Administration in Financial Management from the University of Maryland. She is a lifetime and active member of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a committed supporter and organizer for the Oxon Hill Boys and Girls Club. Debbie’s passion has taken her all over the metropolitan area, and surrounding states, lecturing financial principles in front of thousands and also sitting one-on-one, helping hundreds of families and business owners navigate towards their financial goals.


As a Certified Senior Advisor, Debbie does it all from Tax Free Retirement, Long Term Care, Final Expense, Mortgage Protection, College Education Funding, Retirement Planning, Mutual Funds, 401K Rollovers, Business Financial Planning, Wealth Management Strategies and more. Debbie has one primary goal: For individuals and families to be more secure financially after meeting with her, as evidenced by her personal motto, "If I can't help you, I'm not here to hurt you."

Certified License Agents

Kevin Edmondson

Agency Marketing Director


Demia Bond

Certified Senior Agent


Deondra Short

Certified Senior Agent


Gilda Wallace

Certified Senior Agent


Inez Stringer

Certified Senior Agent


Dianne Tyler

Certified Senior Agent


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