About Shawn Ballinger, CFP® and Columbus Street Financial Planning

Shawn Ballinger is a fee-only financial planner helping middle-income and mass affluent clients achieve their financial goals and live life on their own terms.  Columbus Street Financial Planning is located in Grove City, OH and serves clients throughout central Ohio and across the country. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ since 2004, I have provided financial planning and investment advisory to clients for two highly regarded fee-only wealth management firms serving high net worth clients. I founded Columbus Street Financial Planning to put those fourteen years of experience to work for families and individuals who may not otherwise have access to planning and investment opportunities because of the minimum income and asset hurdles many fee-only planning firms impose.

Columbus Street Financial Planning is structured to work with and empower clients with no minimum investment asset or income level required. We believe in keeping our business overhead expenses to a minimum so we can offer our services at a reasonable cost.

Columbus Street Financial Planning provides comprehensive counsel in the following areas:

  • Cash Flow Management
  • College Planning
  • Insurance Planning
  • Investments
  • Tax Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Small Business Planning
  • Estate Planning

My affiliations are with leading organizations promoting fee-only, fiduciary planning and investment advice as the cornerstone of how financial advice is delivered. View those affiliations at the bottom of this page with links to each organization.


My wife, Susan, and I are both from Grove City, Ohio where will still reside with our two children, Brady and Carter. Our leisure time is spent playing golf as a family and traveling to our country’s treasured National Parks.

After high school, I went on to serve ten years in the Ohio Army National Guard while working full-time through college and earning a Bachelors degree in Finance from Franklin University in 2003.

I served as chapter President of the Central Ohio Financial Planning Association in 2012 and 2013 and led the charge to bring Financial Planning Day to Columbus, Ohio, where pro-bono, one-on-one advice is provided by CFP® professionals at locations throughout the United States.

I am also passionate about giving back to the community and specifically helping at-risk children as a trustee with the Kiwanis Club of Columbus. And as a Veteran, I support Honor Flight, a non-profit organization whose mission is to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.