In family firm, financial adviser tries to live by Golden Rule

| August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mark Mischke works with his father, Herb, advising people about their finances in a family-owned business — Mischke/Mischke & Associates — part of a larger financial services firm.

Jan Ballman, a client of Mark’s, said when she read about the Leading With Faith Awards in The Catholic Spirit, she immediately thought of Mark.

“I think of how important it is for people to be able to trust those who manage their money,” Jan wrote in nominating him, “and Mark and his father have a successful small business because they exude trustworthiness. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving.”

Ballman, who is president and CEO of Paradigm, a firm that provides court reporting among other services, admires Mischke’s business mantra, she added, one he proclaimed years ago: “There is no right way to do the wrong thing.”

At one time a teacher at St. Luke School in St. Paul, Mischke is active at Lumen Christi Church, and is faithful to his commitment to perpetual adoration.

Mischke is also a “pro-life warrior,” Ballman said. “He keeps on top of the latest issues and updates all of us.”

MischkeMark Mischke, 56

Company Voya Financial Advisors
Title Investment Advisor Representative
Parish Lumen Christi, St. Paul
Spouse Linda
Children Jacob, Kelly, Jeanna, Mark Jr.
Volunteer activities Sidewalk counseling, lector, eucharistic minister, Joseph’s Coat board member
Education University of St. Thomas



How do you apply your faith and Catholic values at work?

I try to make decisions based on how Christ wants us to treat people. I believe God leads me to people who I can be of service to.

Please tell a story about a time when applying your faith at work really made a difference.

A client of mine told me she had an abortion and had been depressed for many years. I was able to lead her to Rachel’s Vineyard for healing.

Who or what has been most inspirational to you in bringing your faith to the marketplace?

A Cursillo retreat I went on, and hearing about other men who share their faith at work and act accordingly.

What achievement at work are you most proud of?

Helping others become responsible in preparing their financial picture in productive ways that benefit their family and charities.

In what specific ways have you experienced God’s presence in your workplace?

He has brought me extraordinary people to work with, and how the Holy Spirit has guided so many conversations.

What advice do you have for others who want to lead with faith?

To trust that God will direct and guide us in serving people, and that it is very true that Jesus says he has come to give us life in abundance. It is an exciting life with Christ at the helm.

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