The thought of starting our own financial advisory firm first came to us during the 2008 financial crisis. It was surprising and concerning to Mark and I as we learned so many had so little idea about their own finances. With the mergers of banking with brokerage beginning, we also had significant concerns about how that would work. Our entrepreneurial spirits and passion for serving our clients in the best way possible, led us to write our first plan for a business. However, we shelved this original plan. My business grew significantly by referral after the crisis. These additional successes at Merrill Lynch for me, and significant success at Guggenheim Partners for Mark, kept us in place for several more years.
In 2012, I retired from Merrill Lynch to focus on our family and my own personal health. After receiving my diagnosis of autoimmune diseases in 2013, I finally knew what I had to do to bring myself back to good health. Mark’s responsibilities at Guggenheim Partners continued to grow. This included consulting on investments with some of the largest advisors and institutions around the country, helping them achieve their client’s goals. Mark became an exchange traded fund (ETF) expert. He took a leadership role in 2012, overseeing the growth and servicing of Guggenheim Partners’ ETF business. Mark was instrumental in helping them build their brand and grow their ETF business assets from $600 million in 2009 to $32 billion in 2015. In September 2015, Mark made the decision to leave Guggenheim and look for another opportunity to help grow a business. Shortly after, we “dusted off” our business plan.
Today, thanks to many positive changes in my own personal health, Mark and I launched Lenity Financial. We see this as an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others through our passionate response to their financial issues. Exceptional service to our number one priority – our clients – is foremost, while we work to bring change to the financial industry. Lenity Financial is a dynamic, spirited financial services firm bringing clarity, transparency, and an amazing personalized experience to each client.
Mark and I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read our story. We look forward to working with you at Lenity.
Lenity Financial, Inc.
Lisa combines a sincere desire to help people make better choices with her nearly 20 years of experience at Merrill Lynch, most recently as a vice president of investments and business financial advisor, in her quest to help others achieve a financially sustainable and healthful lifestyle. As co-founder and senior managing director of Lenity Financial, Inc., she collaborates with individuals, entrepreneurs, professionals, business owners, and families to plan for the future.
Lisa is a past recipient of Rotarian of the Year, as well as earning the Fundraising Performance Award for her Rotary Club. She is a blogger on health and wellness at Simply Better Choices, LLC, and pursues organic gardening and gluten-free cooking. Lisa also writes in the Mill Creek Life Magazine on health and wealth. She says her personal mission is “to be thankful for what I have each and every day and to be kind and generous to others, myself and our environment.” Not surprisingly, her favorite quote is:
“Do the best you can until you know better; once you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
Mark believes in life-long learning, so he continually works toward gaining knowledge to better his life and that of those around him. Along with his wife, Lisa, he is a co-founder and senior managing director of Lenity Financial, Inc., where he helps their clients attain their goals through solid financial planning and decision making.
Along with obtaining a financial planning certificate from DePaul, Mark is a graduate of the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Education Program from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Program in 2016 and is a 2017 Level II Candidate. Mark is considered an expert on exchange-traded funds and often speaks about the subject. Professional memberships include: Financial Planning Association (FPA®), Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®), where he is a member and ambassador; and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA®). Mark is also on the executive board of Do-over.me. On a different note, Mark is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA™).
If he isn’t coaching one of his children’s sporting teams, he chooses to spend his spare time reading or going for a jog; often at the family’s favorite Michigan getaway. As to a favorite quote from Mark; you’re likely to hear him say that “You can’t take advantage of an opportunity unless you know it exists.”
You can only earn CFP® and CIMA® designations after you complete required college-level educational coursework and pass an exam, as well as finish at least three years of full-time relative experience. Additionally, an individual agrees to be bound by a strict code of ethics and pass a background check. Once earned, they must complete a requisite number of continuing education hours every two years to maintain their certification.