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The John M. and Mary Jo Boler College of Business has recognized Skylight Financial Group as the 2019 Boler Partner of the Year.

“Skylight Financial Group consistently delivers professional development, meaningful real-world experience and job opportunities for our students,” said Al Miciak, Ph.D., the John M. Boler Dean of the College. “Their commitment to the Boler College of Business has made a significant impact on the futures and perspectives of our students, and we are pleased to recognize that contribution with the Boler Partner of the Year award.”

Dean Miciak presented the award to Managing Partner Michael Connole ’94 and Managing Director Mark Owens at Skylight Financial Group’s offices overlooking downtown Cleveland. Owens, a native of Northern Ireland, attended JCU on a one-year scholarship exchange program before returning to Cleveland permanently several years later.

“Our partnership with the Boler College of Business is mutually beneficial as we work to educate and identify future business leaders and corporate citizens,” said Connole. “We are honored to receive the Boler Partner of the Year award and we look forward to continued collaboration with John Carroll University.”

One of the largest locally owned financial planning firms in Ohio, Skylight Financial Group are headquartered in Ohio City. The combined experience of more than 200 financial professionals and a support staff of more than 60 individuals serves clients throughout Ohio in four locations – Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dublin and Toledo. Skylight is a firm that champions individuality and personality – knowing that no two people are the same, they ensure the experience and level of service is highly personalized.

The Boler Corporate Partners Program was founded as an opportunity for companies to invest in their future talent pool and, in turn, the future of Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

“The development of the Boler Corporate Partners Program has allowed our students to extend their learning from the classroom to the real world,” said Brandi Mandzak, Director of External Relations and Boler Professional Development Services. “They learn from experts in the field – including many alumni of John Carroll – and engage with companies in a way that brings their curriculum to life.”

For more information on the Boler Corporate Partners Program, visit