The Skylight Showcase: New Hires of July 2020

Jack Coakley

July 29, 2020

This month, we are introducing the six latest additions to the team! Please join us in welcoming Tim Foster, Jasmine Fisher, James Cotton, Cheryl Niesz, and Ryan Higgins.

Tim Foster, Financial Professional, Cincinnati

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

Since high school, I’ve been interested in combining my skills in analytical data with connecting and building relationships. I started exploring opportunities in the financial services industry just to see what was out there. After talking with my parents, they put me in touch with their financial advisor who happened to work here at Skylight. He talked to me about Skylight’s philosophy with building client relationships and the culture within the company—after that conversation, it wasn’t a hard choice to come here!

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

I play guitar and sing with my church worship band. I enjoy being able to share that music both with our church congregation and with others in the community when we play at events. I’ve volunteered at some soup kitchens and am looking to participate more in those events. I’ve also done some coaching with youth leagues, so I would like to get involved with something like that again as well.

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

A few hobbies of mine are playing guitar, playing softball, and walking my dog.  I have a golden retriever named Penny Lane. I really enjoy taking her to the dog park and interacting with people there. I’ve been in the same softball league for about 10 years, so it’s always fun interacting with all those guys during the spring and summer and catching up on how they’ve been. As far as guitar goes, I’m a big fan of country music, so I gravitate to those twangy songs to play on my acoustic. 

I’m also a big fan of bourbon.  I enjoy going to the distilleries in Kentucky and trying new bourbons.

Jasmine Fisher, Financial Professional, Cincinnati

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose to work at Skylight because I enjoyed the welcoming environment of the organization. Everyone I have met throughout this process gives off a true sense of community and that was something I saw a lot of value in. I also admired that Skylight works with a lot of families with special needs, which is an area I have a lot of passion for, having worked with special needs families in the past.

If you absolutely had to sing karaoke, what songs would you pick?

 It would have to be “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé or “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles.

What would a sandwich named after you have on it? 

Pulled chicken, buffalo sauce, and finely chopped celery! 

James Cotton, Financial Professional, Dublin

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose Skylight Financial Group because of its stellar reputation and the integrity of the staff. I’m truly excited to be a part of a team that will help me achieve my goals! 

What life achievement are you most proud of?

A life achievement that I’m most proud of is being selected in the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. I was able to fulfill a childhood dream by becoming a professional athlete. 

What are some quotes you live by, and why?

One of my favorite quotes is, “The more people you help, the more you help yourself.”

Helping others has always been essential to me and I always seem to gain humility for my personal development.

Cheryl Niesz, Financial Professional, Cleveland

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose to join Skylight Financial Group for many reasons.  The main reason is the full support this company offers to all its financial professionals. The process to become a financial professional from A-Z was extraordinary—you can tell this organization cares about its team, its clients, and the greater community.

Which celebrity would you choose to play you in the movie about your life?

 If I were to choose a celebrity play myself in a movie role, hands down it would be Melissa McCarthy—many have told me I remind them of her!

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy spending my time with Tony, my husband of 26 years. We do not have children, but our kids have fur. We have 6 cats and 1 dog, all of which are rescues with their own stories and personalities! 

Ryan Higgins, Financial Professional, Cincinnati

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

Having just graduated, I still wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. During my job search, my biggest goal was to connect with people and enjoy my work environment. Skylight instantly made me feel welcomed, and the opportunities they had to offer made it a pretty easy decision!

I majored in Business Entrepreneurship at Ohio University, and knowing that I could become a part of Skylight while also making it my own was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

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

At Ohio University, I was a member of Delta Gamma. The Delta Gamma Foundation is also known as Service for Sight. The organization supports schools for the visually impaired. My personal contribution/impact as a member involved creating Braille cards for holidays or special events.

Delta Gamma also supports Joining Forces, creating care packages and letters to send to those serving our country. I am so excited to get involved with the Skylight Foundation as well!

What are some quotes you live by, and why?

“Everything happens for a reason.”

I tend to worry about things I cannot control, so it is important for me to remind myself of this simple saying. I believe there is a plan for everyone, and everything will work out the way it is meant to!

Thanks for sharing everyone!