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Leadership Team

John Ekman

Divisional Vice President

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John Ekman serves as the Divisional Vice President of the Central Region for Lincoln Financial Advisors.

John began his career in the financial services industry three decades ago as a financial advisor with E.F. Hutton/ Shearson Lehman. Since then, he has held leadership roles in several firms, culminating with his last position as Divisional Manager and Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank/U.S. Bancorp Investments' Midwest Division - the largest division in USBI footprint - since 2010. There, he managed a team of eight regional managers and 201 advisors. Over the course of his career, John has focused specifically on mentoring and leading large sales teams, cultivating successful partnerships, and managing risk and compliance while driving strong revenue growth.


Brian Deal

Regional Director, Advisor Acquisition

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Brian Deal is the Regional Director of Lincoln Financial Advisors/Sagemark Consulting in Ohio.

Prior to joining Lincoln Financial Advisors/Sagemark, Brian managed two branches for a major investment and insurance firm in the Cleveland and Columbus region. Before deciding to make the move to being closer to client relationships, he spent the majority of his career as a financial services wholesaler with top tier firms including Travelers Life & Annuity, MetLife Investors, Legg Mason and Clearbridge Advisors.

Brian is a native of San Diego, California, but his career has allowed him the opportunity to live in many different parts of the country. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business and Technical Spanish, he’s lived in Tennessee, Illinois and Connecticut. Ultimately, he chose to settle in Ohio “for the quality of life and the fine people.”

Outside of work, Brian enjoys travel and exploring new cultures. Additionally, he is very involved with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and several other charities.


Amy Giller

Relationship Management Director

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Amy joined the Columbus Lincoln Financial Advisors (LFA) office in March 1997. Amy serves as the Relationship Management Director for the Central Region. Amy is committed to helping advisors serve their clients and grow their practices. Her mission is to connect each financial advisor to the appropriate resources from Lincoln Financial Advisors’ broad platform of choices and resources.

Amy believes in fostering an environment that encourages training, education and the sharing of best practices that help lead to growth. If you are a financial advisor seeking a firm with a broad range of products and a high level of service, please explore the opportunities at LFA.

A graduate from Boston College, Amy worked in Atlanta for a couple of years before returning to Columbus, where she was born and raised. She is married with two children. Amy holds a Life & Annuity license, as well as Series 7 and 24 registrations.  She is a member of the FPA Central Ohio chapter and The Childhood League, as well as a board member of the Bexley Community Foundation.


Teresa Sayre

Business Operations Manager

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Alison McLaren

Leadership Coordinator

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