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Meet Our 2017 Summer Interns

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    Haylee Hill

    College: Ohio University

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    I wanted to intern at Skylight because the environment is so welcoming. I know that no matter what, there is always going to be a friendly face there to help me along the way.   

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    I have an eye for photography, and I love wandering around Cleveland looking for new areas to capture.

    A fun fact about you:

    I have traveled to 8 other countries and plan on traveling to a lot more.

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    I love spending my time at Indians, Cavs, or Browns games! 

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    In my free time, I like exploring downtown Cleveland and finding all of the unique spots that make the city so special. 

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    When I was 15, I traveled to Europe for 3 weeks with 30 other kids my age and we were all strangers. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far! 

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead? 

    My grandma, whom I am named after.

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    Hopefully somewhere out of Ohio, with a great start in my career.

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    james allen

    College: Miami University (Oxford, OH)

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    With my past internships I became interested in personal finance and financial services. The firm I worked at was really small and I thought Skylight would be the perfect opportunity for me to see the industry on a larger scale. 

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    I like to say I am good at meeting people and being able to relate to anyone. I have met a lot of people in college and value every relationship I have made. I focus on reconnecting with my friends that have graduated and friends from high school on a monthly basis to catch up on how they are doing.  

    A fun fact about you:

    My icebreaker fact that I typically use is that I was born with a hole in my heart because it sounds serious and its something that typically stands out, even though the surgery was minor. One of my hobbies that not everyone knows about me is cooking. I learn a lot from my mom and my job in high school as a chef. 

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    Anything with sports; I was born and raised in Cleveland and would be at every Tribe or Cavs game if possible. Love the West Side Market and hanging out on the lake or in the metro parks.   

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    In the summer I golf as much as possible. If I have a free weekend I will typically be at my family’s summer home in central Ohio.  

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    This winter term I went to London on a study abroad program through Miami. It was the farthest I have been away from home and first time overseas. I did not go with many people I knew so it was a good experience to meet more students and experience a new culture.   

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?

    I think I would most like to hang with Jack Johnson. He is my favorite musician and lives a lifestyle that I would love to live. I’m sure he has some great stories to tell and would love to have him play some songs while surfing or something like that.  

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    10 years from now I want to be in the process of moving out of Cleveland to somewhere in the south, maybe the Carolinas. I will be working in the financial industry but only time will tell where exactly I find my niche. 

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    damani Barnes

    College: Ashland University

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    After meeting Mr.Fichter at my school's career fair, I decided that I would like to be surrounded by people that are willing to not only help with your professional career, but also grow as a person. 

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    I feel like I do a great job at making people feel comfortable around me. Effectively communicating and actively engaging in conversation.  

    A fun fact about you:

    Not to toot my own horn but I can take naps like nobody's business. I consider myself to like a wide range of music. Also competed as a varsity athlete for my University.   

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    In Cleveland, I love going to the Jack Casino to play poker. In Columbus, Barnes and Noble and the Arena District.      

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Going to the gym is one my favorite ways to pass time. Also volunteering at the dog shelter is enjoyable. 

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    Well, I took more than one sample of food at grocery store before so I have that going for me. But other than that, going snowboarding is about as adventurous as I get.  

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?

    Scott Stahl- Co-Founder of the non profit organization “Make-A-Wish” Foundation 

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    Financially stable, married, a father and in a position to help others.  

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    phoebe bush

    College: Ohio Wesleyan University

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    I wanted to intern at Skylight because I want to gain skills that will help me succeed in the future through a hands-on experience in the financial planning industry. 

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    am pretty athletic, so I am good at most sports.  In high school, I played varsity soccer, basketball, and softball and I even played a couple years of college softball at Ohio Wesleyan.

    A fun fact about you:

    My softball team won the Division II State Championship my freshman year of high school. 

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    am a big Cleveland sports fan, so I love to go to the Browns, Cavs, and Indians games with my friends. 

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    In my spare time I like to work out and hang out with my friends.

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    I had a winter internship with a social enterprise in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico where I formed a consulting project to help locally-owned businesses and local non-profits compete in the tourist sector. 

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?

    Ronda Rousey 

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    10 years from now I want to have a job that makes me happy and possibly a family. 

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    matt jenkins

    College: Ohio State University

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    I really wanted to intern at Skylight because of the many chances I’ll have to build a business network while learning from experienced financial planners. Everyone at Skylight created a very welcoming environment and I can’t wait to see what comes my way this summer.

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    I was in ski club for 3 years in high school and have continued this hobby, so I’d say I am a pretty good skier.  

    A fun fact about you:

    I share a birthday with both my younger sister and my grandpa

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    I love hanging out in the Short North area by OSU’s campus with my friends and roommates. 

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    I love going to Reds, Bengals and Buckeye games and hanging out with my friends and family. 

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    Last summer I went snorkeling in an underground cave in Mexico.   

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?

    Michael Jordan

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    I’d love to have a job as a financial planner or investor in a big city with a family of my own. 

     

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    michael kerr

    College: The OSU Fisher College of Business

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    I want to work alongside professionals, some of the industries best, and model myself around their merits to become the best that I can be.

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    Really good at being really good…Just kidding. Expert skier, swimmer.

    A fun fact about you:

    Low-key nerd.

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    Cleveland: the city (sports atmosphere, lake, bars, restaurants, put-in-bay, metroparks)

    Columbus: OSU campus/stadiums, the Brewery District, and German Village

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Golf, video games, time spent with friends and family, reading/researching, writing 

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    Probably backcountry skiing out west. Passing a red skull-and-crossbones sign, along with numerous other warning signs telling you this is your last opportunity to turn back, had the nerves rolling.

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?

    Hard to say…any significant figure of the era, from the ancient Romans and onward. 

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    Living comfortably, enjoying both life and my job, building upon nine years of prior success in the financial industry.

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    brad Weemhoff

    College: Miami University

     

     

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    Why did you want to intern at Skylight?

    Financial planning is one of my top career choices and the intern experience at Skylight will give me great insight in to what that will be like if I follow that career path.  Additionally, the internship program will also give me a head start in the financial planning world following graduation.  Lastly, after speaking with Skylight at career fair, the culture seemed like a great fit for me. 

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    Something I am really good at is meeting people and networking. 

    A fun fact about you:

    Last spring break I road tripped to Austin, Texas with 3 of my good friends.  

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    My favorite place to hang out in Cleveland is Barrio.   

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    In my spare time I enjoy playing basketball, golfing, and hanging out with friends and family.

    What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

    The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done was a whitewater-rafting trip on the Shotover River in New Zealand.   

    Who would you most like to meet – alive or dead?

    I would most like to meet LeBron James. I am a huge basketball and Cavs fan; it would be amazing to meet the best basketball player I’ve ever witnessed and one of the most influential figures in sport.  

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    10 years from now I hope to be practicing financial planning in either Cleveland or Chicago.   

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