Our Team

Our Team

Gary L. Deese, CLTC

President, Financial Advisor


Gary Deese has been a financial advisor since 2002.  He is the president of Crescent Financial Group, holds his FINRA series 6, 7, 63 registrations through LPL Financial and 65 registration with Independent Advisor Alliance. Gary is also Certified in Long-Term Care.  He graduated with a BSBA in Marketing from Western Carolina University in 1984.  Gary is married to Dianna Deese with two children:  Alexis and Sara.  Gary is a member of and has served on boards for Lake Murray Lions Club, Lexington Rotary, Lexington Baptist Church, The Shepherd's Center, and the Lexington Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a member of Business Networking International, and currently serves as President of the Lexington Rotary Club and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Lexington Baptist Church.  Gary’s personal interests include golf, tennis, and woodworking.

Ryan Tripp

Financial Advisor

(803) 649-9295

Ryan Tripp has been a financial advisor since 2005.  He joined Crescent Financial Group in 2014 and opened our Aiken location.   Ryan holds his FINRA series 7, 63, and 66 registrations through LPL Financial.  He graduated with a BA in Business Management from Augusta State University.  Ryan is married to Melissa Tripp with three children:  Brayden, Benjamin, and Barrett.  He is a member of Cedar Creek Church and the Aiken Chamber of Commerce.  Ryan’s personal interests include fishing, hunting, and coaching his sons’ baseball teams.

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Gary C. Redding

Administrative Assistant

(803) 649-9295

Gary C. Redding became a financial advisor in 2011 and joined Crescent Financial Group in 2015 based in our Aiken location.  In 2017, he retired as an advisor and now assists with administration.  He graduated from Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, with a Bachelor’s Degree and from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, with a Master’s of Divinity Degree and a Doctorate.  He was a Baptist Minister for 43, serving his last congregation in North Augusta, South Carolina for more than 22 years.  In 2011, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor bestowed upon a citizen of South Carolina.  He is married to Carol Redding and they have two grown daughters and six grandchildren.

Lisa Taylor

Director of Operations

(803) 399-2000

Lisa has been the Director of Operations for Crescent Financial Group since November 2011.  She attended Temple University, and prior to moving to Lexington in 2005, her professional career has included being a Comptroller for various businesses and owning a bookkeeping business.  Lisa is married to Allen Taylor and has four children:  Brittany, Jordan, Lexi and Greyson.  Lisa's personal interests include whitewater rafting, cake decorating, reading and sewing.

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Amanda Milano

Assistant Director of Operations

(803) 399-2000

Amanda joined the Crescent Financial Group team as the Assistant Director of Operations in August 2013.  She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in English.  Amanda has lived in the Lexington area since 1996 with her husband Brad and four children: Andrew, Jacob, Peter and Mollie.  She and her family attend First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.  Amanda's personal interests include gardening, quilting, reading, tennis and history.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA & SIPC. Investment Advice offered through Crescent Financial Group, LLC, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.

Gary Deese is licensed to do business in the following states:  SC, NC, GA, CO (securites) and SC, NC, GA, FL (insurance).

Ryan Tripp is licensed to do business in the following states:  SC, NC, GA (securities and insurance).


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