Our Advisors

Mark Giesting, ChFC®

Owner and Principal Financial Advisor

Mark decided early that he wanted to get the most out of life, both personally and financially, embracing the experiences and personal connections that make life worthwhile. To achieve this goal, he sought the counsel of those who possessed the values he was eager to exemplify. Their direction was a continual source of reflection and growth, igniting a desire within Mark to help people with similar needs and goals, especially as it pertained to financial decision-making. In 2002, Mark took a leap of faith and transitioned from a corporate environment to founding his own financial advisory firm. Giesting Financial was established with the belief that planning for your financial future strengthens your overall wellbeing and leads to fulfillment in all areas of your life. Using his knack for listening and problem solving, Mark now helps clients create comprehensive plans that support sound judgement and compassionate stewardship.

Prior to launching his practice, Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ball State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Thomas More College. His career began at Forethought Financial Services, and his tenure there involved various sales management and executive positions.  Mark has completed his Series 6, 26, 63, 65 and life insurance licenses and is certified as a Chartered Financial Consultant® by The American College of Financial Services. Outside of work, Mark is busy raising four children with his wife and business partner, Denise. He is also an avid runner who has completed three marathons to date. Mark’s other hobbies include exploring the outdoors, coaching youth sports, and serving on the boards and committees of numerous local community organizations. 

Colt Ryan, CFP

Financial Advisor

Growing up in Batesville, Colt never missed the chance to make a positive impact on his peers. What started as a simple desire to show others their potential has blossomed into a calling where he can help people in our community bring their goals to fruition through financial education.

Colt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Evansville, and played for their 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 passed the Series 6, 7, 63, 65 exams and holds life insurance licenses. Colt is a Certified Financial Planner™. Colt is excited to b e a part of the Giesting Financial team. Away from the office , he still loves to play and coach basketball, stay physically fit, and spend time with his friends and family, particularly his wife, Chelsea, and son, Grayson.

Thorn Murphy

Financial Advisor

As the newest member of the Giesting Financial Team, Thorn supports our clients in the Columbus, IN area. Although new to Giesting Financial, Thorn is no stranger to the world of finance. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Butler University, and served as a Senior Financial Analyst at Cummins for over 5 years. He holds his life insurance and Series 6, 63 and 65 securities licenses.

Thorn is an outgoing individual who thrives on interactions with others, and is especially excited to work with clients to help them realize their financial goals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Butler University, where he played football for the Bulldogs. A lifelong Columbus resident, Thorn was a scholar athlete at Columbus North High School. He and his wife, Tara, both have a passion for giving back to their community - and have two young sons, Chase and Carson, who keep them busy in their free time. Thorn also enjoys spending time with friends, the outdoors, and golfing.