Skylight Showcase: The New Hires of March 2020

Jack Coakley

March 25, 2020

Even in the face of everything that is going on, the Skylight family is growing faster than ever before! This month we are welcoming six new additions to our team! Get to know Phil, Randall, Mark, Anmarie, Marcus, and Jeff below:


Phil Lampe, Financial Professional, Dublin

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

Quite simply, of all the firms I interviewed, Skylight was definitely the best. Their commitment to supporting their financial professionals and fostering an engaging culture is something I couldn’t find anywhere else!

What was your first job ever? What did you like/dislike about it?

I had two first jobs, both starting when I was in grade school. The same summer I took over my brother’s paper route—remember those?! I also started working with my grandfather who was the head janitor at a church/school on Cincinnati’s west side.

Every weekend was BINGO cleanup and summers consisted of moving ALL the grade school classroom furniture out into the hallways, stripping, waxing and buffing the floors, then moving all the furniture back into the classrooms—just the way we found it. Oh, and I learned how to clean bathrooms too. It paid minimum wage but helped offset school fees my parents paid for me and my siblings to attend some pretty good schools.

Any big plans coming up?

Well, I’m going to have four days with BOTH my daughters in mid-April. Kristin is 26 and coming over from England—where she’s a London-based solicitor—for Nichola’s senior recital at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey! Nichola is 22 and majors in music education.

I am very proud of “muh gals” and you can bet the farm that they got neither their smarts nor their musical talents from their dad…I can fake some three chord rock-and-roll songs but Nichola has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic!


Randall Price, Financial Professional, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I considered several firms before deciding to join Skylight.  After speaking with Coop and Paul Fox, it was clear that the firm was one that was ethical in its standards, innovative in its solutions, and committed to an atmosphere that allows financial professionals to be there for clients and their families.

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

While I have a great deal of respect for Tony Dungy, there is no question that my role model is my father. While many people have had an impact on my life, it’s my dad that is most responsible for teaching me to be accountable, impactful, and purposeful in everything that I do.   Despite the numerous headaches that I gave him, he has always been consistent in his support and dedication to our family and those who are in need.

What is a life achievement that you are proud of?

I have a lot of pride in taking an idea that some told me had too many hurdles to overcome and watching that idea become the Prybus InnerStar Fund. InnerStar is an international foundation that provides experience based educational and exploration programs to children and young adults where they are encouraged to discover their unique talents, embrace innovation, overcome challenges and inspire others around the world. 

In two years, InnerStar has established programs with educational institutions, hospitals, corporations, government agencies and professional sports teams.  Without question, the biggest sense of pride comes from observing how certain participants have shed their inhibitions and overcome personal difficulties to transform into confident and purposed leaders. In many instances, InnerStar participants have started out as people who sought approval from others and now provide inspiration for their families, peers, and communities.   


Mark Baxter, Financial Professional, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

Skylight places an emphasis on teamwork and mentorship, which captured my interest from day one. Paul Fox and Mike Connole have a clear vision for the firm, and I am look forward to being a part of it!

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

Scouting! I joined Cub Scouts as an eight-year-old and have never left. It has taken me around the world, including my first visit to the US working on a camp in the northern California mountains. I am a Queen’s Scout – the British equivalent to Eagle Scout. When I arrived in the US nearly six years ago I briefly became a professional Scouter in Cleveland. Today I am a volunteer with my son’s Cub Scout Pack and my daughter’s Scouts BSA Troop.

What would a sandwich named after you have on it?

I was born and raised in the town of Stockport, just south of Manchester in the North West of England. In England, we have a sandwich called a bacon butty which I love. It’s white bread, lots of bacon, and brown sauce (a bit like steak sauce but thicker). Washed down with a strong cup of hot tea!


Anmarie Basco, Financial Advisor, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight? 

How do you not choose Skylight Financial Group? From overlooking the Cleveland Skyline from the 10th floor to the overwhelming resources available to myself and my clients, it was a very easy decision.  I am looking forward to my career at Skylight. I know the sky is the limit for me here!

What life achievement are you most proud of?

My children are my greatest accomplishments of my life. I would not be the person I am today without my kids. Some of my proudest moments have been watching them grow up into the successful individuals they are today. My family is my drive for success, and I couldn’t have made the “journey of life” without them.

Outside the office, what do you enjoy doing?

When I am not working you will find me at the barn taking care of my horses. They consume a lot of our time but myself, my husband and my youngest daughter Gabriella and I enjoy going to horse shows throughout the year.  We just finished the winter season with YEDA (Youth Equestrian Development Association). We will start the Quarter Horse Association shows for the summer. It is truly a sport that the whole family can be involved in. When I am not at the barn, you will find me enjoying the time I have with my adult children and grandchildren. Life for me doesn’t get better than this!


Marcus Banks-Bey, Financial Professional, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

After retiring as a Captain and Chaplain from the U.S. Army, I chose to pursue a career in financial services at Skylight due to the organization’s history of serving those in the Cleveland area and across Ohio. I also aligned perfectly with Skylight’s focus on community service—I work very closely with multiple community service groups like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

What life achievement are you most proud of?

Since the age of 16, my dream was to become an Army Officer. I entered service at the age of 19 as a Private, and after completing 19 years of service, I retired at the age of 38 at the rank of Captain. It allowed for me to explore the world and help a lot of people in the process. I spent time as a hospital chaplain, where I helped repair marriages to renewed faith through baptism in the actual Jordan River.

My year as a soldier and officer adds to the list of men in my family who have been of service to their local and federal government. Such as my father, who retired as a Cleveland Lieutenant Firefighter, and my Great Uncle who retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as an Army Intelligence Cryptographer during the Korean War.

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy spending most of my time with my family. I am a husband and father of 3, and if my wife has her way (which she usually does) we’ll have 5 more. I’ve dedicated my life to nurturing the relationships I have with my faith, family, friends, fitness, and finances—I hope to share these values with each and every one of my children.


Jeff Janosick, Financial Professional, Cincinnati

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I choose Skylight after multiple discussions with Mike Kessling, Jr and Ajdin Dropic.  It is an honor to partner with them, and utilize their knowledge and expertise, as we market to both my existing and potential clients.

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

Because I live “dad life” to the fullest, I love any community event associated with kids.  I volunteer at my kids’ school multiple times per month in the library and lunchroom, as well as with our local Junior Achievement chapter.  I am also a member of the Fort Thomas Lions Club which hosts many community events throughout the year. I am also a soccer coach for daughter’s soccer team.

What life achievement are you most proud of?

When we started having kids, my wife and I moved to a small cape cod house on a great street in an amazing community.  For many years, we discussed what type of addition we could make to the house such as redesigning the kitchen, master bath, entertainment areas so we could host Thanksgiving and Christmas for our families, etc.  After years of planning, thousands of conversations, saving (and saving), and spending (and spending) we were able to accomplish our dream.  This life achievement involved years of my planning and being in the right financial position before execution. Every day I wake up, I am thankful.

Thanks for sharing everyone!

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