Center for Gift and Estate Planning

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Welcome! We are pleased you have interest in learning about the many benefits of charitable gift planning. To speak with someone in the Center for Gift and Estate Planning about ways to benefit through a planned gift, call 330-672-1000 or email us at  A member of our Planned Giving Team will be very pleased to help you.

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Meet Our Advisors

Brian Marino

Brian has been in the Financial Services Industry since 1998, and Skylight Financial Group since 2006. In his business, Brian specifically works with executives and individuals, privately held business owners and special needs families.

As an advisor, Brian works with executives and individuals to help quarterback their financial planning by collaborating with his clients' CPA's, Attorney's, and other advisors to create total integration and maximum efficiency within their financial lives. With a focus on retirement planning, tax reduction strategies, wealth accumulation, protection strategies and estate planning, Brian's ultimate goal is to help paint a clear picture for achieving his client's goals and objectives.

As a Senior Business Planner, Brian specializes in serving the complex needs of business owners by helping them create a roadmap with their personal financial planning and prepare for the eventual transition out of their business and into the next stage of their lives. Additionally, he helps craft strategies for each organization's executives, managers and employees to assist in attracting and retaining top talent, as well as enhancing employee benefits.

As a Special Needs Consultant, Brian works with families that have children and adult children with various disabilities and who face unique challenges. He focuses on helping them navigate through both their personal financial planning, as well as the Life Care Planning for their dependents with special needs. He has helped hundreds of families by providing education, resources and financial strategies through a process that encourages ongoing communication within the financial, medical and social communities.

An advocate for philanthropic behavior, Brian actively volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations and special needs groups. He serves on the boards of the Skylight Foundation and Different Needz Foundation, and is Vice President of Kent State's National Alumni Board of Directors.

Brian is a graduate of Mentor High School and received his BBA from Kent State where he was a member of the Ice Hockey and Lacrosse teams. In addition, he also was honored to have played hockey as a member of Team USA.

He resides in Avon Lake with his wife Sara, their daughter Stella and son Drake.

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