Skylight Showcase: New Hires of June 2020


June 29, 2020

Join us in welcoming Skylight’s newest hires Taylor Wise, Eliza Sawyers, Carly Evans, Thomas Molter, Dominic Zanella, Tyler Tucker, and Will Sergio.

Taylor Despoth, Financial Professional, Toledo

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose Skylight after having an amazing internship with them last summer. I enjoyed their family orientated atmosphere and their commitment to encouraging financial professionals to achieve their goals. With my drive to help others in every way possible, I knew that Skylight would be the place for me!

Who is your role model? What do you admire about them?

My role model I would have to say is my dad. While a lot of people have had a huge impact on my life, my dad has always been by my side. My dad taught by example, always helping people out of the kindness of his heart and finding ways to teach us valuable life lessons each day. My dad is the reason why I wanted to become a financial professional!

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

I love competition so I usually play board games every week with friends and family. I love the challenge of picking up a board game I have never played before and trying to figure out how to play the game. I love to spend time with friends while also having a great time together—even when they win every time!

Carly Solzsmon, Sourcing Recruiter, Cincinnati

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose to work at Skylight because of the culture. On my interview I had with Charles Cooper, he really explained to me what a day in the life here is, and it’s anything but boring. There are so many wonderful people here along with so many activities for the entire company to participate in that allow us to get to know one another better. Since being here, I have seen more appreciation for my job than I have at any other.

 What causes or community service do you have a passion for?

A cause that I have a passion for is the National Breast Cancer Foundation. My mother and my aunt both are survivors from breast cancer. These women are my role models in life. The strength they demonstrated throughout all their treatments, and the positive attitudes they kept until the day they were cancer free still amazes me to this day.

Who is your role model? What do you admire about them?

My role model is my mom. She is the most kind, hardworking, caring, generous, loving person I have ever met. Every day I find myself doing things that she does, and it couldn’t make me happier. She is the kind of person that truly goes out of her way to do something for her loved ones. She is so selfless and always does things to benefit everyone else in her life. Growing up, she gave my brother and I the best childhood. We weren’t spoiled by any means, we worked very hard for the things we asked for, but she made sure that the experiences we had were ones we would never forget. She is truly my best friend, and I am so lucky to have such an amazing person to look up to everyday to remind me of exactly who I want to be, not only for me, but for when I have children someday too.

Eliza Sawyers, Compliance Coordinator, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I live in Lakewood and was on the search for a new job, not only closer to home, but one where I hoped I would feel appreciated and respected. I was eager to be in a position where I would no longer feel like every day was the same with no opportunity for individual growth. When visiting the office and viewing the beautiful environment, I knew this was a place I would be proud to work for. I’m extremely grateful for this new adventure!

What causes, community services do you have a passion for?

I have always been very passionate about social justice and it’s why I am currently obtaining my Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I am particularly passionate about human rights issues. During my senior year of undergrad, I was on a research team on a study of the perceptions of sexual misconduct. The results were astonishing and very eye opening, as our results showed a trend in a general lack of understanding of the topic. Also, while in undergrad, I had to partake in grant writing for a local organization as a requirement for my degree. Two other students and I were able to write a grant proposal for Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA Inc.) to fund an art therapy program for refugee women who had faced trauma in their home countries. The grant was successfully funded!

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

I live in Lakewood with my boyfriend, Tyler, and our two cats, Kiwi and Ahri. In what free time I do have aside from work and school, I enjoy reading, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, and playing games on my PC. I am a big fan of traveling and you can often find me at Walt Disney World or at Cedar Point. I also enjoy going to rock concerts at the local venues in Cleveland. Fun fact: I have a season pass for Cedar Point and my friends often make fun of me because I enjoy driving up there by myself for the day—riding roller coasters alone can be very therapeutic!

Thomas Molter, Financial Professional, Toledo

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I immediately felt a sense of community within the firm after my first interview. During my training and first couple of weeks, I quickly realized Skylight is one big family and everyone pitches in to help each other out. This sense of comradery was different from what I experienced interviewing with other firms and ultimately drove me to Skylight.

Who is your role model? What do you admire about them?

My role model has always been Tom Brady. I love football and am a Patriots fan so naturally I am a major Brady supporter. His work ethic and drive to never be content are traits I hope to emulate in my life. His determination, hunger, and success make him the greatest of all time without a doubt.

What is something about you that surprises most people?

I am colorblind. I do not know how to explain it, I just am. Sometimes I know that color is green and sometimes I think it is brown. Some people never believe me and I get a good laugh out of convincing people I only see black and white—quiz me on a color if you see me around!

Tyler Tucker, Financial Professional, Dublin

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose Skylight because of my experience last summer as an intern. I met some incredible people and learned so much about the financial services industry. Skylight seemed like a great fit to allow me to help those that I care about.

What is something about you that surprises most people?

Something that surprises everyone is my twin brother, Queten. Having a twin isn’t that surprising, but when we are with someone together and tell them, they never believe us. We look nothing alike; I have blonde hair, blue eyes and he has brown hair and brown eyes.

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be?

Interstellar. Since middle school I’ve had a love for science and more specifically physics and space. The craziest part of the movie is the fact that the ending is technically possible in the real world as far as we know. And c’mon, who doesn’t like Matthew McConaughey?

Dominic Zanella, Financial Professional, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose to work at Skylight because I knew I wanted to be part of a team of individuals whose greater goal is the financial stability of the people we serve. With Skylight, I can put clients at the forefront with a goal-based financial plan that meets their future needs while giving them a sense of confidence about their current financial goals.   

What would a sandwich named after you have on it?

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. My favorite cheese is Midnight Moon Goat Gouda, sold at The Cheese Shop at the West Side Market. I also enjoy Buffalo fresh mozzarella!

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be?

Inception! I have seen this movie 10 plus times and every time I watch it, I notice something in the story line I did not pick up the previous times.

Will Sergio, Financial Professional, Dublin

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I started working here as an intern a year ago. Originally, I was very skeptical because friends of mine had interned with other financial advising firms and they had terrible experiences. I am happy to say that based off my experience, Skylight’s internship program is leagues ahead of the rest. I got to know people in all the main offices, and everyone was willing to work with me in some capacity.

However, most importantly, I was impressed with Skylight’s dedication to help the client and provide them with the product or service that best fits their needs. I want to be a financial professional because I love helping people reach their goals, and Skylight puts that as priority number one. For these reasons, I chose to continue working with Skylight full time, and I am excited to open my business and help others.

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

My favorite activity is studying history, which includes doing research on WWII collectibles such as helmets, field gear, one of a kind objects, or whatever piques my interest at the time. Then, I go to an antique mall or a military collectors convention and, if it is there, I’ll buy what I am researching. I love to just sit in my man cave at home and stare at my shelves and walls filled with WWII militaria, it’s my personal museum.

I used to play hockey, I played goalie for my high school’s team, but once I went to college, I got into something called Dagorhir. Dagorhir is a live action role play (LARP) where a bunch of people meet up at a practice, or a much larger event, they dawn medieval or ancient era clothing, and we fight each other with weapons we make out of a firm, foam substance. The sport is nearly full contact, no head shots are allowed, and I usually go to a practice once a week, and once a month there is a large event somewhere nearby with anywhere from 200 to 3000 people. The biggest event, Ragnarök, is a weeklong camp out in the woods of Pennsylvania. I go every year and it is a nice way to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

If you could share a beer with any person throughout history, who would it be and why?

Teddy Roosevelt. Although I love to study WWII, Theodore Roosevelt is my favorite president, and I think being able to talk with him over a beer would be an incredible experience. He could tell stories from his days as a Rough Rider, all the way through to his Presidency and beyond. He was so tough that it is said that “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”