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    brian boyed

    College: Wittenberg University

    From: Originally from Lima OH. Now live in Lewis Center OH.

     

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    Why did you want to work at Skylight?

    I joined Skylight because the firm allows me the opportunity to become financially independent while helping others along the way.

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    Carpentry and tile work

    A fun fact about you:

    In high school I was a member of show choir.

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Any golf course

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

    During my time in the Marines I did many adventurous things so I would lump it all together and just say "joining the Marines."

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

    Jesus

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    Financially independent

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    james hailey

    College: John Carroll University - Undergrad '86-'90, Graduate '90-'93

    From: Cleveland, OH

     

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    Why did you want to work at Skylight?

    First, to help young financial planners optimize their practices in harmony with their core values and help them learn new relationship building skills.  Second, to advance my personal financial practice with a firm that truly believes in the financial planning process and doing what is right for the client, first and always.

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    While I didn't play organized sports in high school and college, I became a competitive basketball and softball player and member of a rowing team.

    A fun fact about you:

    My mother is a native German but I can't speak a lick of German and I wasn't always bald; I wore an afro in the 70s.

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    Harp

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Row, play basketball, run trails

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

    I free dove in the Atlantic Ocean near an underwater cage used to keep out sharks.  The cage was used to contain the fish, Cobia, that were bred and hatched by scientists in a facility in town.  The sharks would try to feed on the dead fish caught in the cage.

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

    My great grandfather.

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    Still living in Cleveland, but spending more time in warmer temps 

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    Jerry sheets

    College: Baldwin Wallace University, BA & Masters in Secondary Education Administration

    From: Canton, OH

     

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    Why did you want to work at Skylight?

    Previous collaboration with Ryan McKean, impressed with Skylight's culture, and major opportunities in the non-profit retirement niche.

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    Teaching/coaching (they are the same), and public speaking.

    A fun fact about you:

    I am creating a book of quotes, metaphors, and analogies (originals and credits to others).

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    Tremont

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Golf

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

    At 24 - and I knew everything - I moved to Granville, Ohio, to be the head football coach.  Fortunately, the players knew more than me, and we won a championship.

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

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    Alive

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    bryce smetana

    College: Coastal Carolina University

    From: Chardon, OH

     

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    Why did you want to work at Skylight?

    I want to be a part of a company whose values and goals reflect my own.  I want to positively impact the families and communities that have given so much to me throughout my life, and provide services that create lifelong stability and change for those that I interact with.

    Tell us something you are really good at?

    I am really good with a 9 iron in my hand.

    A fun fact about you:

    I could throw a fast ball 94 miles an hour.....6 years ago.

    Your favorite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

    Progressive Field, The Q, First Energy Stadium and Ohio City

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    Swim, play basketball and baseball, golf, and hike with my husky Artemis

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

    Cliff jumping in Bermuda

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

    Will Ferrell or Conor McGregor and Steve Irwin

    Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

    10 years from now, I want to successfully support my family and loved ones and say that all the decisions I have made prior to that point have positively impacted everyone I have crossed paths with.  I also would not mind being drafted by a major league baseball organization.

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      chas snider

      College: The Ohio State University

      From: St. Clairsville, OH

       

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      Why did you want to work at Skylight? 

      The opportunities available are endless.  It is a great atmosphere.  I've always wanted to help people, and I originally wanted to become a crime scene investigator, but changed my major to economics.  This is a career where I can help people, make a living, and make a difference, and that means the world to me.

      Tell us something you are really good at?

      I am very good at talking to people, even if I don't know them at all.  I can have a conversation with just about anyone as long as they're willing.

      A fun fact about you:

      I remember and retain miscellaneous information and facts.  I.E. movie quotes, actors/actresses that are in specific movies, strong attention to detail to notice little hidden plot points, statistics from the high school sports that I played, etc.

      Your favourite place to hang out in Cleveland or Columbus:

      Fourth Street Bar & Grill

      What do you like to do in your spare time?

      I love to fish.  I could go fishing every day (Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring) and not get tired of it.

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

      My senior year, my closest friends and I went on senior trip to the Dominican Republic, it was the first time I had ever been out of the USA, and it was without my parents.  At the time, I felt like a rebel.

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

      Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, or Abraham Lincoln

      Where do you want to be 10 years from now?

      At a stable, successful, growing career with my own office in my hometown, with a family or at the least starting a family, and owning my own home and piece of land.

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