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Celebrating 50 years of changing lives for the better

Fifty years ago, in the pursuit of a better way to achieve wealth, Dick Desich embarked on a mission. He saw a gap in the investment world and founded a company that was not just a business, but a revolutionary path forward for investors seeking to achieve more with their retirement savings. What started in a humble office has now grown into a company with hundreds of dedicated employees and offices across Ohio, Illinois, South Dakota, and Florida.

In this mini documentary, Mr. Desich and his sons, Richard and Jeffrey, reflect on the company's extraordinary journey these past 50 years and what's yet to come for Equity Trust Company.

From that single transaction, [my father] really created an industry that 50 years later we lead and are involved in today.



Our History

Equity Trust at 50

Today we are more than 400 employees strong. In addition to the team members pictured here at our Westlake, Ohio headquarters, we celebrate our dedicated associates at our offices in Illinois, South Dakota, and Florida.

Hear from our clients

“I have remained a loyal customer for over 30 years, and the land contracts that my father helped establish have guided me in building my IRA accounts so that I could retire with comfort and peace of mind. I am grateful to Equity Trust for custodying my important retirement accounts so that I can enjoy my 'Golden Years'.”


“I've stayed with ETC because they continue to make things easier and easier. Most everything, including investment document submissions and trading, is done through the portal and even sometimes I get a follow up from a live rep to make sure all is OK with that transaction… My wife and I both feel much safer knowing that ETC is the main place our retirement funds are.”


“Equity has provided me the opportunity through my self-directed IRA to invest in opportunities that allow greater diversification.”