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The Skylight Showcase: New Hires of November 2021

Emma Fox

November 30, 2021

Join us in giving a warm welcome to the newest members of the Skylight family! We are excited to be growing and having such an incredible team. Get to know them in the Q&A segment down below.

Steven Crane, Financial Professional, Cincinnati

Where are you from?

I grew up all over the country, and the Marine Corps certainly took me all over as well – so it is hard for me to say, but I guess I will claim Dayton, OH.

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

Veteran services – I am a huge believer in giving back, and as someone who had a terrible transition from the military, my goal is to make every veteran’s life a little easier.

What life achievement are you most proud of?

1) Serving in the United States Marine Corps

2) Being accepted into a highly selective doctoral program offered through the University of Southern California

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

Kerwin Rae is definitely one of my role models – I love how he never takes himself too seriously and his ability to flip stereotypes on their heads. (Example: he says ADHD/Dyslexia is a superpower of his because he can see things in a completely different way that no one else can see)

What is the funniest “dad joke,” you know?

“A couple of years ago, my doctor told my hearing was getting worse…I haven’t really heard from him since.”


Alex Dillmann, Financial Professional, Dublin

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose to work at Skylight because of the large network of support, great culture, and approach to making genuine connections with clients. I’m eager to help people feel aware and secure with their financial situations. I’m excited to help people formulate a strategy, protect what they have, and help prepare for their financial future.

What life achievement are you most proud of?

I’m a graduate of the Ohio State University, where I competed on their varsity swim team. This past summer I swam at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, where I competed in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly. I currently hold the Ohio State record in the 200-meter fly.

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to podcasts, and playing chess.

What is your funniest “dad joke,” you know?

One of my favorite jokes is: So I signed up for my company’s 401k……..but I’m not sure I can run that far.


Ariel Hill, Operations Assistant, Cleveland

Where are you from?

I was born in Maple Heights, OH, but most of my childhood memories are in Bedford.

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I chose to work with Skylight Financial Group because I am passionate about helping families and businesses succeed. Skylight offers services to help companies and individuals prepare for their financial future, and I wanted to be a part of that process.

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

I am passionate about giving back. I have been blessed in many different ways throughout my life, and I enjoy giving back to my community. I volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of America, and I volunteer every year to do an international mission with Habitat for Humanity. My parents and I also created a foundation called Hearts for Harvest. We work with local food banks, grocers, and farmers to provide less fortunate families and individuals with groceries and personal hygiene products.

What is one of your favorite places to travel to and why?

I love going to Texas. My dad was born there, and a lot of my family on his side remains there, including my 102-year-old great grandmother, who I adore. Texas, to me, is the bigger home away from home (and the food is bigger too.)

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?

I own a photography studio with three other colleagues. I model and shoot lifestyle and urban street photography. I also assist in directing and editing videos, advertisements, and short films.

What is something about you that surprises most people?

As much as I love making films and doing photography, I hate going to the movies. I would rather watch movies at home so I can yell my critiques at the screen without judgment.


Julie Roelke, Firm Administrative Assistant, Cleveland

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Madison, WI. I recently relocated to Strongsville, OH, from Tampa, FL.

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

I was intrigued with the resources available, training, and the uplifting family atmosphere Skylight offers to work as a team. I have a previous background in the financial industry, working with multiple Financial Professionals, and I am extremely excited to be part of helping others attain their financial goals.

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

Outside of the office, I enjoy golfing, watching football (go Packers and Browns), cooking, biking, gardening, and spending time with my boyfriend, Dave. We love to spend time with family and grandchildren, one is ten years old and resides in Wisconsin, and four are all under the age of 3 years old and reside in the Wadsworth, Ohio area. They keep us busy and on our toes!

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

Definitely Charlize Theron.

What is something about you that surprises most people?

My father was a football coach for 50 years. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a stickler for giving your best; also, reminding me that you have two ears and one mouth, use them in that proportion.

What life achievement are you most proud of?

I cared for a life-long childhood friend that was a recipient of a liver and kidney transplant. My caregiving experience prepared me for the unforeseen medical care my father required. I will never regret the opportunity to care for “coach” for the last several years of his life. I’m confident that nobody else would have been able to put up with him.  I always had to remind him of the four P’s. Positive, Patient, Perky, and Pleasant.


Angel Howze, Senior Director of Operations, Cincinnati

Why did you choose to work at Skylight?

Trish spoke so passionately about Skylight, and I was at the point of my career where I needed a change.  It seemed like a great company, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

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

I am very passionate about the Wounded Warriors Project and Breast Cancer Awareness.  I do both walks/runs. In addition, I was on the board for fundraising at my previous job.

Outside of the office, what do you enjoy doing?

Outside of the office, I enjoy fitness. I very much enjoy working out and being active with my two littles ones.  In addition, I enjoy being a cheerleading coach on most days!

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

I do not necessarily have a role model. However, I look up to any woman that balances work and being a mom like a boss. 

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

If I could share a “beer,” aka white claw for this girl, it would be Dolly Pardon or Betty White, preferable both what a great experience that would be.

Thanks for sharing, everyone!

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