Black Bull Capital Partners
2023 Regional Business of the Year Finalist
MADE Chamber & Community Involvement:
Hosting Lunch & Learns at several MADE businesses providing financial education to the employees and owners.
Fundraising & volunteering for several charities and organizations: Autism Connections, MS, Dragonfly, Shoes 4 Shoeless, OneSight eye clinics, Salvation Army, Back to the Rumble & Kenny Anderson Alliance.
Implementing Money Masters, a K-12 financial literacy program with ICM school as hosting webinars for adult Money Masters workshops with SALT Talks in Southwest Ohio and ALIFE with Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services.
Fun Facts About You/Your Business:
BBB has awarded us the Spark Award on our Ethics, only finance firm who has ever been awarded on their Ethics.
Our office is family. Being able to tease each other like siblings, to having each other's back. We would not want it any other way.
Kristina and I joke at the office that we are go getters like Thelma & Louise are in the movie, "Thelma & Louise" but we will not crash and burn!
A Bit About Black Bull Capital Partners
GINA SCHENK is a Registered Representative providing comprehensive retirement, investment, and financial strategies to Cincinnati, Ohio and surrounding areas. Born and raised in Cincinnati, fan of local Cincinnati Reds, Bengals, and Bearcats. Edgecliff College of Xavier University graduate with BS in Special Education, with master classes at UC. Gina holds a FINRA Series 6 & 63 registration as well as Life, Health, Medicare, & LTC licenses in OH, KY, IN, TX, FL, AL.
Kristina and Gina “click” and work together as a team with many clients and as members of the chamber. With Kristina being a parent of a special needs child and her also a mother and a former special needs teacher, they both strive “Turning Special Needs Financial Strategies into Extraordinary Outcomes”. They take each of our clients to heart through our personal experiences connecting with theirs. As with small businesses, they have been a facilitator for Aviatria Accelerators, a non-profit women entrepreneur organization that educates and assists with Score mentors, programs for women to pursue and grow their businesses. Along with teaching from personal experience of growing up in a family where her father was a business partner, died unexpectingly, and leaving my family with no income.
Along with her husband of 38 years, Les, have two married children Michael (35) and Lauren (32), Gina resides in the Springfield Township, enjoys playing with her grand puppies, daughter’s horse, hearing her son’s band plan, and cruising with Les in their classic 1967 Corvette. Dealing with her father-in-law’s Alzheimers diagnoses and trying to understand Medicare & Social Security, was Gina's mid-life crisis. This crisis encouraged her to go back to school to become a licensed Fiduciary.
KRISTINA MARKIEWICZ is a Registered Representative providing comprehensive retirement, investment, and financial strategies to Cincinnati, Ohio and surrounding areas. A Cum Laude graduate of Salem State University, Markiewicz holds a FINRA Series 6 registration as well as Life License in OH. She is a Board Member of Autism Connections, contributing member of the Regional Autism Advisory Council and a founding member of the Empowering Women in Finance Initiative at her previous employer.
As a parent of a special needs child, Markiewicz has chosen to focus her practice on special needs long term strategic design – “Turning Special Needs Financial Strategies into Extraordinary Outcomes”. Understanding the daily challenges of raising a special needs child has given Markiewicz a passion for bringing real solutions to help her clients meet their own retirement goals as well as plan for the unique long-term issues facing their child. “It is my goal to bring solutions to fit the needs of every family I meet. It is my hope that the work I do with these amazing families will last generations” say Markiewicz.
Along with her husband of 23 years, Joseph, and their two children Aaron (15) and Lauren (12), Kristina resides in the Sycamore District, and enjoys traveling, playing violin, cooking for her family. To learn more about how her son’s Autism diagnosis in 2011, which inspired not only her personal life with hope and resilience but also influenced her work as a financial professional.
Learn A Bit More
Why is being part of the Mason Deerfield Chamber important to you/your organization?
Like the sapphire, businesses and organizations have many facets. Which facet is your strength and why?
If your company culture, or personal persona, had to be summed up in five words or less, reflective of a
gemstone, what would they be?
Gina: MADE is like "family". Networking with other MADE businesses is working and referring each other services to one's"family". And helping your "family" gives you a feeling of belonging and love.
Kristina: The MADE Chamber has been an integral part of our organization with the amount of support they gave us as we moved offices and helping us with our grand opening, making some introductions to area businesses and supporting us in our efforts to promote ourselves in the community as financial leaders.
Financial outcomes are crucial to everyone, but especially to women and women entrepreneurs. Many times, women have more financial challenges due to restrictions in their working career from periods of time away caring for a child or family member or numerous other challenges. That is why we feel so strongly that we provide a compassionate experience to all that we serve.
Gina: Ethical, Integrity, Trust, Thrift, Vigilance
Kristina: Integrity, Vigilance, Collaboration, Trust and Thrift