Executive Members

Executive Committee

INC Paul Fox

President

Paul Fox

Email pfox@financialguide.com

Tel: 216-592-7326

Paul Fox began his financial services career in 1996 after emigrating from Belfast, Ireland in 1994. He graduated from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honor) in banking and finance.

Upon arriving in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Fox began his financial services career with American Express, where he developed his basic financial planning knowledge.

In 2000, Paul joined Skylight Financial Group where he was instrumental in the development of the current financial planning model and the current infrastructure of the firm. Additionally, Paul has been nationally ranked as a sales manager with our parent company, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual).

In 2007, Paul took over as the President and CEO of Skylight Financial Group, where he has continued to grow the firm. Under his leadership, the firm has received multiple honors, including winning the Crystal Achievement Award in 2007, the MassMutual Silver and Bronze Bowls in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and the MassMutual Gold Bowl in 2011, which is the highest honor an agency can receive. These awards recognize such areas as production, retention, development of new planners, and growth over the prior year.  Also, as a result of Paul’s leadership, Skylight Financial Group has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Cleveland Plain Dealer four consecutive years, and named to the North Coast 99 in 2012.

Paul is a registered principal of MML Investors Services, LLC and serves as an officer of the MassMutual General Agents Association.  He is on the board of directors for MOCA (Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art), as well as Lutheran Hospital.

 

inc patrick roche

Vice President

Patrick Roche

Email proche@faysharpe.com

Tel: 216-313-3243

Member Ohio Bar; registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Practice/Technical Competence:  Patent prosecution, opinions, licensing and counseling in electrical arts. Specific expertise in electrical controls and electronics; appliances and appliance control systems; digital signal processing; computer architecture; microprocessor-based control systems; computer peripheral devices; motor controls; semiconductor devices and materials, E-commerce and business-method patents. Additional emphasis on trademark and copyright law.

Memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Education
  • University of Notre Dame (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1974)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1978)

Treasurer

Jane Cronin

Email jmcronin@sherwin.com

Tel:

Jane Cronin was born and raised in the greater Cleveland area.  Her Mother and Father emigrated to the U.S. as young adults from Belfast, Northern Ireland and Longford, Ireland, respectively.    Jane enjoyed the fun and chaos of growing up with her family, including her parents, a brother and 3 sisters in Medina, Ohio.    Her Mother and Father emigrated to the U.S. as young adults from Belfast, Northern Ireland and Longford, Ireland, respectively. 

After graduating from Miami University  in 1989, Jane began her career with The Sherwin Williams Company, headquartered in Cleveland.  Jane is currently the Vice President of Internal Audit and Loss Prevention at SW, and has held a number of financial roles since joining SW 26 years ago.

Jane and her husband Chris reside in Hudson, OH.   Jane and Chris enjoy travel, golf, entertaining, and spending time with family and friends.

Secretary

Maureen Casey Brubaker

Email: caseybru@outlook.com

Tel: 440-227-2632

Co-Owner of Casey’s Irish Imports, Inc. in Rocky River. Casey’s has served the Irish community of Cleveland for over 27 years. Daughter of Irish immigrants, Tom and Vera Casey. Maureen grew up in Lakewood Ohio and Co. Galway Ireland. She currently resides in Fairview Park with her husband John and two sons, Colin and Jack. Maureen is a member of the West Side Irish American Club, sits on the Board of Directors for The Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland and is the current Secretary for the Irish Network Cleveland.

Irish Network USA Representative

Mark Owens

Email: markowens@financialguide.com

Tel: 216-592-7352

Mark is the Director of Marketing for Skylight Financial Group and is responsible for branding awareness and community involvement in both the Northern Ohio and Columbus regions.  He is actively involved in coordinating the firm’s recruitment program, with a focus on college graduates. Mark has vast experience with local event marketing and planning from both a hands-on perspective and a virtual approach, primarily with social media and community outreach.

Very active in the local business and networking community Mark is the new chairperson of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Associate Board whilst he also serves on both the Ohio City Incorporated Board of Trustees and the Cuyahoga Community College Business Advisory Committee (Chairperson).  A more recent venture has involved Mark being a founding member of the new Cleveland Irish Network where he serves on the local executive committee as well as on the national board.

Born in Derry City, Ireland, he moved permanently to the US (Cleveland area) in 2001 having previously studied at John Carroll University as part of a scholarship program, becoming a US citizen in 2011. He is married to his wife Maria and they have two wonderful children, Lilly and Eamon.  They reside in Rocky River.

Executive Board Members

Tom Scanlon

Email: tscanlon@collins-scanlon.com

Tel: 216-696-0022

Thomas J. Scanlon is one of the founding members of the firm. His primary practice areas include business law, real estate law, condominium law, taxation, probate, estate planning, trials and appeals law.

He serves as a bar examiner for the State of Ohio, appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court and was appointed by the U.S. District Court, Northern District to the original Federal Court Panel Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the Cleveland, Ohio State and American Bar Associations, serving as a member of sections on real property and probate and taxation, real property, probate and trust law, respectively, and has been a presenter for continuing legal programs sponsored by the American and Cleveland Bar Associations. He is a member of the national panel on commercial and construction law of the American Arbitration Association. He is a former Special Assistant to Ohio Attorney General, 1991 – 1995; member of the Dispute Resolution and Professional Ethics Committee, Cleveland Bar Association; member, U.S. District Court Mediation Panel; member, College, Ohio State Bar Association; Life Member, Judicial Conference, Eighth Judicial District; delegate, Judicial Conference, Sixth Judicial District; member, Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; member and Trustee, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Northern Ohio Chapter; Trustee, former Chairman and former National Trustee, former member of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Northern Ohio Chapter; Trustee and former Chairman, West Side Ecumenical Ministry; Trustee, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission; and Trustee, Irish-American Foundation.

He was admitted to the Ohio Bar, 1963; the U.S. District Court, the Northern District of Ohio, 1964; U.S. Tax Court, 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1976; U.S. Claims Court, 1978; and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1987.

He is a graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1963) where he was on the board of editors of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Review. He has served on the Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees and as president of the school’s alumni association.

Dan Brennan

Email: dbrennan@financialguide.com

Tel: 216-592-7356

Dan was raised in Northern California where he worked in law enforcement until beginning his career in the financial services business in 1979 with Mutual Benefit Life. In 1983 Dan joined New England Life in Boston, Massachusetts as the second Vice President of Education and Development where he was responsible for representative development and Firm productivity throughout the United States. In 1988, Dan relocated to Toledo, Ohio and founded the Brennan Financial Group, focusing on cases involving business continuation, family business succession, retirement plans and estate solutions. In 1996 Dan moved Brennan Financial Group to Cleveland and expanded to five additional locations, Toledo, Youngstown, Ashtabula, Willoughby, and Fairlawn, as well as serving clients across the United States. In January 2009, Dan retired as Managing Partner of the Brennan Financial Group and returned to his personal practice. In August 2010, Dan joined Skylight Financial Group as the Chief Marketing Officer.

Dan has been active in community affairs serving as President of the Toledo Ballet Association, Chairman of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, Chairman of the University of Toledo, Gay Games 9 board member and Co-Chairman of the Gay Games 9 Development Committee. He is currently President of Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation and board member of The Music Settlement.  Dan and his wife Susan live in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio and are the parents of four children and have five grandchildren.

John O’Brien Jr

Email: jobrien@ianohio.com

Tel: 216-647-1144

An author, columnist, poet, publisher and spokesman, John Francis O’Brien, Jr. was honored as one of Irish America Magazine’s Top 100 Irish Americans. He was named a United Irish Societies 147th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Honoree. John is Co-Founder, Co-Publisher and Editor of the nine year old Ohio Irish American News and a founder and now serves as Deputy Director of Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival.  He is the author of four books. 

John serves on the Boards of: Irish Network Cleveland; The Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee; the Sean Moore Memorial Irish Vocals Scholarship; The Irish American Hall of Fame and is founder and directs Speak Irish Cleveland.

Pat Hanna

Email: Patrick.h.hanna@gmail.com

Tel: 216-385-2792

John McCann

Email: john@mace.com

Tel: 440-570-1441

Bobby O’Donnell (Membership Chair)

Email: bodonnell@valley2.com

Tel: 216-310-6233

Responsible for Fleet Management for major national accounts across the US/Europe/Latin America/Asia and the Middle East. I represent Ford Commercial Trucks,Freightliner/Western-Star Trucks,Hino Trucks and Isuzu Trucks. Manage over $20-25 million in physical inventory monthly. Average Annual Sales over $100,000,000. I believe success is achieved through honesty and building life long relationships and partnerships. Aside from my knowledge gained through academics, I attribute most of my success from learning from my Mentor and Hero my father. He instilled within me a die-hard work ethic at the early age of 12 where he helped me obtain my first job scrapping parts and pulling weeds in a junkyard in East Cleveland. I am very fortunate to work for a growing family business that was started in 1964.