Marc R. Gillespie CLU, ChFC, CFS, MSM, CLF


I've been in the financial services industry since 1981 and have seen good times, bad times, market crashes, recessions, volatility, tremendous swings - in other words - life. Having survived all this, I am more committed than ever to helping my clients simplify their financial lives by cutting through the complexity for them to arrive at a workable program for their long term financial success. Simply put - I am dedicated to using my education, experience and resources to help clients develop a financial plan that they understand and believe in. In my opinion, this is the type of plan that will work over the long haul.

As a holder of 5 degrees and designations, I am prepared to help you achieve your financial goals. My process is simple and user friendly. After an initial complimentary consultation, we mutually decide if we want to work together for your benefit. We then learn as much as we can about your personal and financial situation, set goals, do an assessment, formulate a plan and then jointly implement it. After that, we periodically meet to monitor and adjust your plan to meet changing circumstances. In addition to the actual planning process itself, a variety of financial products from quality providers are available to you.
A very crucial part of my practice is my team of Mary Harden who has been with me since 1984 and my daughter Danielle Witt who has been working with me since 2012. Between us we strive to outservice the competition with many proactive activities and rapid response to inquiries.

As a former avid marathon canoe racer, runner, athletic trainer, cross country skier and snowshoe racer, I have used various competitions as a platform to raise money for various local charities such as the Dream Factory, Camp Good Days and Special Times, The Arthritis Foundation, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Highland Park. In the past 34 years, my generous clients and friends have pledged over $182,000 to these causes on my behalf. My current flagship fund raiser is the 44 mile Tour de Teddi Ride around Keuka Lake each September to help the children of Camp Good Days and Special Times. Let me know if you want to ride on my team in next year's Tour on September 9th, 2023. E-bikes are welcome!

Mary Harden

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
(585) 387-3622

Mary started working for Marc as a temporary employee in August of 1984 and was hired permanently on January 1, 1985. She has an Associates in Insurance Agency Administration as well as an Associates in Customer Service through the Life Office Management Association, Inc. She also is a Certified Executive Assistant through the Certified Executive Assistant Institute. In addition, Mary has her Life, Health and Series 6 (Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Limited Representative) licenses.

Mary Harden | Office Manager | Forge Financial Advisors NY

Mary's interests are bowling, camping and spending time with her family and friends. Her daughter, Sarah, is married to Christian and they have a 4-year old son, Chase. Her son, Tommy, is married to Emma and they have a newborn daughter, Lettie.

Danielle Gillespie Witt

Administrative Assistant

Danielle is Marc’s daughter and she started working for our firm on April 2nd, 2012.  Danielle was previously working at Paychex, training and managing clients on their HRIS systems for two years and prior to that, she worked in National Sales Support for her first year at Paychex. Danielle received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hofstra University in 2008.

Outside of work Danielle and her husband Matt have a 5 year old son, a 1 year old daughter and are very passionate about animal rescue. She currently lives with her dogs, cats and various exotic animals they have rescued from reptiles to rodents! Danielle enjoys spending time with family, hiking and photography.