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Our History

Over the past several decades our firm’s name may have changed - but our dedication and passion have remained steadfast. Honoring our transformation into a multi-generational, family-focused firm, the name that is now proudly displayed on our door is as purpose-driven and meaningful as the services we provide.

Founded by Joe Stowell, Jr. in 1979, Monarch Financial Consulting began as a one-man operation that was committed to bringing comprehensive planning to residents of Peoria, Illinois and its surrounding communities. Joe cultivated relationships that have spanned his nearly 40 years of investing and his greatest privilege was to watch his client’s dreams come to fruition through careful planning and mutual trust. Over the years our clients have become like family.

When Joe experienced a health crisis later on in life, his daughter, Jaima Galfi, stepped in to help her father. Donning many hats, Jaima became responsible for client connections, marketing, and technology in Joe’s absence. Once his health improved, Joe returned to the firm he founded with his daughter by his side. Extending her role from marketing manager to financial advisor, Jaima transitioned seamlessly into firm partner.

The name Monarch Financial Consulting was chosen as a tribute to childhood memories spent outdoors, and pays homage to the father-daughter team that is the driving force behind its success.

Despite our many decades of fruitful service, our history as a firm is just getting started. Become a part of the Monarch Financial Consulting story by scheduling a complimentary consultation today.