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.

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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Angie Spencer

Operations Assistant


Angie joined the Crescent Financial Group team in April of 2019 as the Operations Assistant.  She has a strong background in banking, property and casualty insurance and property management.  She was born and raised in Lexington County and is married to James Spencer with 5 children together:  Alexis, Tristan, Evan, Madisan and Peytan.  Angie's personal interests include gardening, painting, reading and DIY projects.

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Victoria Day

Administrative Assistant


Victoria Joined the Crescent financial Group Team in June of 2020 as the Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Gilbert High School class of 2013. She has 8 years’ experience in customer service, event planning and Finance as an assistant. She was born and raised in Lexington County and is engaged to Jeffrey Smith with 1 child together: Brooklynn. Victoria’s personal interest include photography, DIY projects, Reading and attending her Finance’s little league Football games. 

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Michele Chisholm, Administrative Assistant


Michele Chisholm is our administrative assistant.  She came to Crescent Financial Group following a 20-year career as a medical transcriptionist.  Michele and her husband, Michael, have two children, Michael and Camille, and a new son-in-law, Walter.  Michele is a lifelong seamstress and needlework artist and is always busy in her studio creating for herself and others. 

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 (securities) and SC, NC, GA, FL (insurance).

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



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