Our Team

Ryan E. Starling, CFP, AIF, President

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Ryan lives his life on purpose. He is the President and C.E.O. of Financial Architect Network, Inc. He has spent his life in the financial world. I guess you could say it runs in his blood. His father, Captain Raymond Starling, after serving our country in the Army and Air Force, worked as an independent financial planner for nearly 40 years in Colorado Springs, CO. He was recognized nationwide as an expert in life insurance and was sought after by many insurance companies to train their staff and salesforce. He knew as a young teenager that this is what he was meant to do. In his nearly 20 years in the industry, Ryan as come to believe that money doesn’t buy you material things; it buys you choices. When you learn and appreciate the value and freedom those choices afford you, you can approach your financial philosophy…and your life…in a whole new way. Ryan has used this approach with hundreds of clients building his practice. What started as a simple desire to provide for his family has developed into a passion and excitement to help people achieve their goals.
Ryan has a degree in Business from Colorado State University, with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, and is knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of financial disciplines. He is a qualifying Top of the Table member of the Million Dollar Round Table and is recognized across the country as an experienced consultant dealing with financial and social issues that retirees face today. Ryan is also a graduate of the American College of Financial Planning with the designation CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP) and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) through Parkland Securities.

Ryan’s family is his priority. When he isn’t meeting with clients, he is with them. His daughter is a competitive gymnast and runner, and his wife is an active part of the FAN team and they enjoy boating, autocross racing, big game hunting, and hiking & bicycling. Ryan feels truly blessed to be in the industry of creating better futures; helping people reach their financial goals and desired lifestyles. Not only that, but he chooses daily to be surrounded by positive, hardworking people who in turn make him work harder, reach higher and be the best person he can be.

Ike Kutter, AIF, Owner

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Originally from South Dakota, Ike is a family man who now lives in Castle Rock, Colorado. He and his lovely wife, Pamela, and their son, Jake, are avid fans of the outdoors and enjoy trips into the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Ike attended Colorado State University and received a Bachelor’s degree. As a planner, he has worked with affluent clients for almost a decade and often shares as a presenter at financial seminars. Ike is a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, based on sales, and is currently a member of the Court of the Table.

As one of the leading principals at Financial Architect Network, Ike enjoys working with clients who want to achieve their life destination and plan for a happy and healthy retirement. As a Registered Representative, he is licensed to offer securities through Parkland Securities, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC. He also holds an insurance license in the State of Colorado, as well as a number of other states in the U.S. Ike is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).
His passion is to continue the legacy and dream of our founder, Donald Cinocco, LUTCF. Ike loves to work with small business owners and professionals and help them to establish the most efficient plan possible. He creates advanced designs to provide small business owners the most effective strategies available to help maximize their income and capital, and minimize any taxable consequences.

Ike is a hunter, fisherman, and sports dad. He loves his family. Ike and his wife spend a lot of time bundled up and sitting at a hockey rink, as their son plays competitive hockey.
He is committed to making Financial Architect Network the most trusted and efficient financial firm along the Front Range of Colorado and throughout the nation. He is devoted to his clientele and a registered representative of Parkland Securities, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.

Cristina Stevens, AIF, Registered Representative

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Cristina is a Colorado Springs native with strong roots in the community she thrives in. As a loving, caring, and supportive mother of four children, family is always her first priority.

Since starting in the insurance and securities profession in 1995, she has brought a feminine touch to a male dominated field. Cristina prides herself in getting to know her clients and their needs on a personal level. While she initially specialized in small group & individual health insurance, Cristina now uses a comprehensive approach to client care to include life insurance and investment strategies.

When she’s not diligently taking care of her clients, you may find her pursuing one of her other passions on a nearby volleyball court or on the ski slopes.

Samuel L. Keck, MBA, CLU, CFP, LUTCF, AIF

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is a Senior Vice President of the Financial Architect Network, Inc. He is from St. Joseph, Missouri and moved to Colorado in 1972 after serving five years in the United States Air Force. Sam is married to his beautiful life partner Mary, a Registered Nurse and Wellness Consultant. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Sam is a graduate of Graceland University, Iowa, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with emphasis in Finance and Economics. He was also a star athlete in cross country and track & field and finished fifth in the mile run at the National Track and Field championships in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After graduation from Graceland University Sam went on to complete a Masters in Business Administration Degree with emphasis in Insurance from Indiana University. Upon graduation he entered the Air Force and served in Thailand and Germany as a transportation officer. During that time he also taught business courses for the world wide campus of the University of Maryland. Sam is a 42 year member of the Million Dollar Round Table which is based on sales and holds designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Financial Planner and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. Sam is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF). His current business focus is on cash flow retirement and estate planning. Sam is licensed for securities and insurance in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, and Texas.

Sam enjoys worldwide travel, golf, skiing, camping (as long as it’s a Four Seasons Resort) and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. We are pleased to welcome Sam into our network of financial professionals.

Eric Montiel

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Eric joined Financial Architect Network (FAN) in April of 2016.  He has been a serial entrepreneur ever since graduating from the University of Colorado in 1992. Eric brings the knowledge and passion to help business owners, individuals and families develop a holistic financial plan.

Prior to joining FAN, Eric was in the apparel business for over 25 years. In 2011, he founded a women’s apparel company, www.montiel.com, which his sister is currently running.

Eric is a Colorado native.  He is the proud father of three children: Daughter, Madeleine (21), son, Maxx (18), and Jack (14).  He has three sisters and one brother.

One of Eric’s favorite quotes, which he as come to live by, is: “If it’s important to you, you will find a way; if it’s not, you will find an excuse.”

Eric is an active outdoorsman enjoying camping, snowboarding, constantly exploring new adventures, especially in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Jeremy Fortin, Senior Wealth Management Advisor, MBA, AIF

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Jeremy is the newest member of Financial Architect Network.  He has been in the finance industry for nearly 20 years.  He brings with him a passion to help small business owners, families and individuals create plans that help them reach their goals in the most efficient way possible.

Prior to joining Financial Architect Network, Jeremy worked on the buy side of private equity. He focused on acquiring commercial aircraft, railroads, and distressed assets.  Jeremy and his family lived in London where he helped source capital to finance aircrafts and build relationships for buying opportunities within the commercial aircraft industry. He has also advised on the acquisition and restructuring of corporate assets out of bankruptcy.

Jeremy graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. He earned his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Denver.  As a Registered Representative, he is licensed to offer securities through Parkland Securities, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC.  He also holds an insurance license in the State of Colorado, as well as a number of other states in the U.S. Jeremy is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).

He spends as much time as possible outdoors and enjoys fly fishing, golfing, hunting, and about any other outdoor activity.  When not outside, you may find him in a bowling alley trying to perfect his bowling game.  Jeremy lives in Castle Pines with his two beautiful daughters.  They keep him busy with a full schedule of swimming, dance and gymnastics.  He is active in his community and enjoys volunteering for various positions within his daughters’ school, as well as serving on the Leadership Team for his local chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

Jenna L. Starling

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Is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations of Financial Architect Network, Inc. She began her career in the medical sales industry; a perfect fit for her education as she has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Exercise Physiology. In 2001 she decided to leave the medical field and join her husband, Ryan in his passion for helping people in the financial industry. She learned the business by working in multiple advisor’s offices and by 2002, she and her husband partnered with the Founder of Financial Architect Network, Don J. Cinocco LUTCF continues her support role in the office today.

Jenna’s most important role is being a mother to her daughter, Rylee and wife to Owner, Ryan Starling. Rylee is a competitive gymnast, so they spend a lot of time at the Gym. She is also an active volunteer in the classroom and other local philanthropies in her area. Jenna also enjoys spending time outside – playing tennis, hiking and biking around her home in Monument, Colorado.

Melanie Cooksey, Office Manager

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Melanie a native of Colorado where she grew up on a ranch in the eastern part of the state along with four brothers. She could often be found on the back of a horse or climbing the haystacks trying to be one of the boys.

She has more than 33 years of experience in client services and business office management. Getting the opportunity to really know each person that she comes in contact with is an extremely rewarding part of that experience.

She is married to a wonderful man, Jay, who grew up in a military family in Colorado Springs. They have two daughters; Amanda, a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and Ashley, who is a graduate of Colorado State University. Visits from their “granddog” (Zoey) always keeps them smiling and leads them on many an adventure.

They can often be found in their large backyard enjoying the sound of the pond, watching the birds at the feeders or tending to the many varieties of flowers, plants and vegetables. She also has a great passion for reading and can get caught up in a book forgetting that the world is still revolving.