john e. sestina, CFP®, ChFC

Founder and Chairman

Phone: 614.326.3077

Fax: 888.442.5163


John Sestina founded John E. Sestina and Company in 1965. The private professional financial planning firm counsels individual clients on an objective fee-only basis. The firm's guidance to clients throughout North America includes cash flow management, investment management, tax planning, disability and life insurance planning, debt reduction strategies, education planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Sestina has met the qualifications for the professional designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science in Financial Services from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Sestina has been recognized as the co-founder of the profession of fee-only financial planning since 1972. His record of visionary innovation has supported his mission to establish fee-only financial planning as an independent profession. His stature as the founding leader in his profession is reflected in a long career of firsts and noteworthy achievements in financial planning education and service. Sestina is the author of Managing to be Wealthy, a comprehensive book that outlines a step-by-step guide to help individual consumers prepare their own financial plan.

He also shares 40+ years of successful private practice experience with his profession through his book Fee-Only Financial Planning: How to Make It Work for You, the leading book in its field. In order to promote professionalism and credibility in a then-fledgling field, Mr. Sestina co-founded two fee-only professional associations: Society of Independent Financial Advisors (SIFA) in 1976 and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) in 1982.

Sestina was awarded the coveted Robert J. Underwood lifetime service award by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors in 2008. He has been named one of the nation’s “Best Financial Advisors” in every year since WORTH magazine began its rigorous, in-depth annual research process in 1996. Medical Economics also honored Sestina in its “Best 120 Financial Advisers for Doctors” (August, 1998).

Nationally recognized as a leader and innovator, his expertise is frequently consulted and quoted by such national media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, USA Today, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and Bloomberg Business News. In addition, Mr. Sestina also hosts the only financial planning show on radio, "Managing to be Wealthy with John Sestina" on News Radio 610 WTVN.