Intern Showcase: Meet Tim and Merritt

Last but certainly not least in our 2019 summer intern showcase series are two gentlemen from our Cleveland office, Tim Vanderhoof and Merritt Brewer. Learn all about them below!

Tim Vanderhoof – Lorain, Ohio

What college do you currently attend? Why did you choose to go there?

The Ohio State University. The driving factor was the fisher business school, and the fact that my two older siblings graduated from there as well.

Why did you want to participate in the Skylight Intern program?

To learn if financial planning is the right career decision for me. I have always wanted to pursue a career focused on helping others, a value that Skylight puts first and foremost.

Outside of school and work, what are you passionate about?

I have recently started pursuing my interest in real estate this year. I am now a licensed agent and love the relationship I have been forming with colleagues and clients. In addition, I am on the rugby team at OSU. When I have some free time (which is rare), I also love to play the FIFA on the PS4.

What life achievement are you most proud of?

I am proud of myself for becoming a real estate agent while also being a full-time student.

What is something about you that surprises most people?

People are usually very surprised when I tell them that I play rugby. I have been told that I smile too much to play such an intense sport.

What TV show are you currently hooked on?

Brooklyn 99. It was recommended to me by a friend. I gave it a chance and before you know it… I binge watched the first 3 seasons in two weeks!

Merritt Brewer – Chagrin Falls, Ohio

What college do you currently attend? Why did you choose to go there?

I will be a senior at Ohio University this fall. OU’s highly respected business school was really the driving factor behind my decision.

Why did you want to participate in the Skylight Intern program?

I was very intrigued by Skylight’s entrepreneurial spirit right from the start. After attending a luncheon at the Columbus office about the internship opportunity, I immediately jumped at the chance to gain valuable real-world experience.

Outside of school and work, what are you passionate about?

I love hanging out with friends, spending time with my family, fishing across the state, and playing video games!

Tell us about a few things you have on your bucket list.

There are many things on my bucket list currently, but my two main goals right now are to backpack through Europe, which I plan to do right after graduation. I am also a very passionate hiker and hope to one day climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.

What board game do you believe you have the best chance of winning and why?

I believed I have the best chance of winning a game of Settlers of Catan due to my elite strategy and the sheer number of hours I have spent playing.

If you absolutely had to sing karaoke, what song would you pick and why?

If you were to ask me this question a few months ago my answer would have been Picture by Kid Rock and Cheryl Crow. But after seeing a star is born, and hearing Bradley cooper sing, I will have to say shallow by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

Thank you for your time, Tim and Merritt! 

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