Mequon’s Gentian Financial growing
Addition to former one-room Holstein school will allow seminars and other events for clients

By Gary Achterberg

Feb. 5, 2019

Tina Schwantes, executive director of the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce, helps Chris Doughty, president and owner of Gentian Financial, break ground for the addition to the Mequon business last year.
Submitted photo

MEQUON — Construction is underway to expand the former one-room schoolhouse to house the growing needs of Gentian Financial Inc.

The addition to the former Holstein School at 12740 N. River Road, built in 1930, will house the Investor Center. The addition will be able to accommodate up to 40 people as Gentian hosts educational seminars and client events. It will also provide additional office space for the growing company.

“It’s fitting that our office is an old one-room schoolhouse,” said Chris Doughty, president and owner of Gentian Financial. “We put a great emphasis on not only our own continuing education, but in sharing our knowledge to help our clients and community become more informed and educated investors.”

Gentian has been working over recent years to retrieve the history through the limited records it has located for Holstein School, as well as from past students. The building, which still bears the school name in an inscription in stone above the front door, replaced an 1850s-era log school that previously was on the site. The school was in operation into the 1960s.

The addition to the former one-room Holstein School at the intersection of Highland and River roads aims to preserve the history of the building.
Submitted drawing

Gentian is aiming to preserve and honor the history of the building, which features Craftsman detail in its design.

Prior to its purchase as the home for Gentian in 2014, it housed various other businesses, including an art studio, architectural firm, marketing firm, consulting group and hair salon. The building has only had minor remodeling over the years, according to a news release.

The work now underway replaces a garage-style addition from the 1970s. Doughty said he is pleased the new structure will be more architecturally consistent with the existing building. Groth Design Group architects designed the new structure. JM Construction is completing the addition. The targeted completion date is late this spring.

Doughty received recognition from Forbes last year as one of the Top 10 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors in Wisconsin. He also has achieved Raymond James 2018 Chairman’s Council membership.

Additional information on Gentian Financial is available at its website,