His career began in 1988, working for Forethought Financial Services in various sales management and executive leadership positions. In 2002, Mark followed his entrepreneurial spirit and started Giesting Financial, where he could focus his time and energy on working directly with clients who could benefit from his counsel and guidance. Since starting his business in 2002, Mark has won the Batesville Herald Tribune’s People’s Choice Award for Ripley and Franklin counties – as voted on by readers – numerous times over the past decade.
In addition to passing the required securities and insurance examinations, Mark is certified as a Chartered Financial Consultant® from The American College of Financial Services and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Thomas More College.
In his free time, Mark enjoys being with his four children and wife, Denise. He also serves on several community boards and committees.
Thorn holds a life insurance license and the Series 65 securities license. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Butler University.
An outgoing individual who thrives on interactions with others, Thorn especially enjoys working with clients to help them realize their financial goals. A lifelong Columbus resident, he was a scholar-athlete at Columbus North High School.
He and his wife, Tara, have two young sons, Chase and Carson, who keep them busy. In his free time, Thorn enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with friends, being outdoors and golfing.
Colt received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Evansville and played for its NCAA Division I men’s basketball team. He was a dedicated student-athlete, breaking the all-time scoring record and earning accolades as a two-time Academic All-American. After playing professional basketball in Europe, Colt returned to the U.S. and now holds the Series 65 securities license, as well as life insurance license. Since then, he has also earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation.
Away from the office, Colt loves to play and teach basketball, golf, and spend time with his friends and family, particularly his wife, Chelsea, son, Grayson and daughter, Teagan.
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