Founder, Mary Deutsch’s first priority is to take care of her clients and provide them with exceptional customer service. Every day, she gets to help people plan for their retirement, so it’s not hard for her to love what she does. To meet the rising demand for her honest approach and direct financial guidance, she has expanded from Chicago to several suburbs and surrounding areas of Illinois.
Who We Are
About MTD Financial
Mary Deutsch grew up on a dairy farm in Sycamore, Illinois, where she learned the value of a work ethic, integrity, passion, and commitment to excellence. For Mary, after many years of milking cows at 4 AM, baling hay, driving tractors, and helping with chores, being in the “working world” seems easy! She realized that the majority of people are unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to realize their true potential.
From an early age, her father taught her the value of keeping your finances in order: He kept “IOU” post-it notes so she’d at some point have to pay for everything bought for her. Needless to say, Mary learned the value of money quickly. She won’t stand for losing money, nor for other people losing their own hard-earned savings.
Mary’s experience plays a large part in her education. Mary has been serving clients since 2014. Her background and experience include finance, sales, management, and marketing. Always having a head for finance, she ran 2 separate independent businesses before the age of 21. She went to college for two years, and although she excelled (a 3.7 overall GPA), Mary eventually decided to start her own financial business and focus primarily on courses to become licensed and to maintain licensing requirements. She decided to go into this industry because it was a chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.
When she founded MTD Financial, she had three basic principles in mind: Keep her clients’ money safe, help them see a reasonable return, and keep retirement strategies simple. For example: You don’t need a 20-30% return if you don’t lose half your money. MTD Financial’s goal is to help people stretch their money further through retirement, by protecting what they already have, and reducing their taxes and fees.
She considers MTD Financial different from many companies in her industry, due to her work ethic and proactivity about reaching out to clients and keeping them updated. One of the most common things she hears from clients is that they got an account from a different financial advisor, but never heard back from them. Obviously, this will not happen with clients of MTD Financial.
Mary's awards and accolades include:
Mary Deutsch, with her experience, background, and capacity to help people, is more than happy to share her knowledge with clients, both current and prospective. It is common to see her teaching and presenting to others in her field.
On a more personal note: Mary currently lives in Chicago with her partner, Joe. They don’t have any children of their own but do sponsor 3 children in Kenya. She’s a 3-time published author, two of which were children’s books.
Leyly M. Marban
Director of Marketing and Public Affairs
In 2015, Leyly joined MTD Financial. She has held several roles and responsibilities since joining, including Operations and Account Manager. Currently, as Director of Marketing and Public Affairs, Leyly’s responsibilities include client acquisition, event coordination, appointment scheduling, and contracts.
It brings Leyly joy to help others. She enjoys meeting and interacting with new people. No two days are the same for her. She believes that MTD Financial’s excellent customer service sets it apart from other firms.
Her educational background includes American Sign Language Interpretation. She also holds a Berlitz C2 certificate, an advanced Spanish intensive program. In addition, she has received ROTC leadership training. Before joining MTD Financial, she held a variety of sales positions.
Leyly is known to be dependable, ambitious, uncompromising, resourceful, hard-working, and composed. She is involved with The Master Guide (MG) Ministry, a youth leadership training program. This ministry assists local churches and conferences with leadership training, discipleship, and outreach efforts for the Adventurer, Pathfinder, or Youth Ministry.
When Leyly is not helping clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in church activities. She is married with two daughters. They also have a dog named Cookie, who’s a mixed breed of a miniature pinscher and collie.
Operations and New Business Administrator
Gina Simkowski has been working with MTD Financial since 2016 when she was working as the Seminar and Marketing Coordinator. As Operations and New Business Administrator, she oversees all new and existing client accounts. Additionally, she prepares annual client reviews. Her responsibilities include handling all new business and transferring clients’ money.
Gina’s role fulfills her desire to make a positive impact on others. She enjoys working with different types of people and personalities. She also enjoys seeing how excited their clients are about their new accounts. MTD stands out to Gina because they treat their clients like family and keep in touch throughout the year.
She grew up and lived in the suburbs of Chicago all her life. In 2014, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. Gina also holds a life insurance license. Gina worked in marketing, events, and corporate events in a variety of industries prior to joining MTD Financial.
She is described by her friends as reliable, trustworthy, and energetic. She enjoys spending time with he husband, Jeff, family, and friends. In addition, she enjoys exercising and shopping. She currently lives in the Western Suburbs with her husband and they are expecting their first baby girl. They also have a Goldendoodle puppy, named, Ella.
Director of Client Services
Christine Deutsch began working with MTD Financial in 2022. Chris is the Director of Client Services. This entails overseeing new and existing client accounts, preparing annual client reviews, and transferring of clients’ money, among other things.
Chris enjoys her work at MTD Financial as it gives her the opportunity to help other people. She appreciates that the firm values honesty and integrity, and has a client-first approach. Chris could be described as honest, helpful, warm, friendly, patient, and hard-working.
Christine’s education mainly came from practice. She has worked in client services before, in fact, she worked in Client Services and Marketing for R. R. Donnelley for around 35 years.
Family is extremely important to Chris. She grew up in a large family on a farm (where she gets her excellent work ethic from) and now is married with four children and four grandchildren.