UToledo Family Business Center


The Center exists in part because of our amazing sponsors, many of which have been with the Center for over 10 years! We sincerely appreciate their generous financial and intellectual contributions. They are vital to the continuation for impactful and relevant education for family and privately-held businesses.

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Eastman & Smith Ltd.

Founded in 1844, Eastman & Smith is a leading consultant, counselor, and advocate on personal, business, nonprofit and governmental challenges. Client satisfaction. Reliability. Innovation. Creative approach to problem-solving. These are cornerstones of Eastman & Smith. The firm’s 75+ dedicated attorneys serve clients from offices in Columbus, Findlay and Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. 

For more information, contact David Krock at 419.247.1679 or visit www.eastmansmith.com

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Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $141 billion in assets and operates 1,254 full-service Banking Centers, including 95 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,593 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has an 18.3% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2015, had $297 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC 

Northwestern Ohio is part of Fifth Third Bancorp and has 42 locations and more than 500 team members in the Toledo Region. For more information, contact Brent Abel at 419.259.7693



Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (Nasdaq: HBAN) is a $174 billion asset regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1866, The Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide consumers, small and middle‐market businesses, corporations, municipalities, and other organizations with a comprehensive suite of banking, payments, wealth management, and risk management products and services. Huntington operates more than 1,100 branches in 12 states, with certain businesses operating in extended geographies. Visit Huntington.com for more information.

Toledo, Ohio is the headquarters of Huntington’s NW Ohio Region.  Huntington has a long and distinguished history of supporting programs throughout the market that are designed to enrich the community and create an environment where our children can grow and thrive.  Huntington provides support in a variety of areas including economic development, housing, education and social equity. 

For more information, contact Steve Pancone at 419.254.6114 or steve.pancone@huntington.com or visit www.Huntington.com



Shumaker is a full-service law firm with more than 265 lawyers practicing in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Our attorneys represent a broad spectrum of domestic and international business clients, as well as governmental and individual clients. Established in 1925 in Toledo, we are the largest law firm in Northwest Ohio.

For more information about the firm, contact Scott Newsom at 419.321.1438 or visit www.shumaker.com

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Hylant is one of the largest privately held insurance brokerages in the United States. Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, we offer complete risk management services, employee benefits brokerage and consultation, loss control, healthcare management and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information, contact our local office at 419.255.1020 or visit www.hylant.com

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William Vaughan Company

William Vaughan Company (WVC), a full-service accounting and advisory firm has been providing clients the boutique feel of a small firm with the far-reaching business experience and financial depth of a national practice. Our commitment to excellence has resulted in sustained growth since our inception in 1959.

With offices in Maumee, Napoleon, and Bowling Green, Ohio, and a team of more than 100 professionals, including 12 partners, WVC stands out as one of the largest locally-owned CPA firms in Northwest Ohio serving clients across the U.S. and internationally. In addition to a unique combination of experience, youth, and energy, WVC is an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, with access to the resources of BDO USA, LLP, the 5th largest accounting and consulting network in the world.

For more information, contact Jessica McClellan at 419.891.1040 or visit www.wvco.com

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Rehmann provides one-on-one financial services to small businesses and middle-market companies throughout Michigan and beyond. Rehmann offers services in areas of tax, accounting, assurance, business consulting, wealth management, and corporate investigative services. They have grown to become one of the largest CPA, business consulting, and financial services firms in the Midwest with 800 associates in 17 offices located in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida.

For more information, contact Dan Northrop at 419.865.8118 or visit www.rehmann.com 

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Skylight financial group

Skylight Financial Group’s history can be traced back to when Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) founded an office in Cleveland in 1886. Over the years, many MassMutual agencies were established throughout the state of Ohio. It wasn’t until 2017 when each one of those agencies came together under Skylight Financial Group and created the organization as it stands today.

Now, one of the largest locally-owned financial planning firms, with over 200 financial professionals and $8.4 billion in assets serviced, Skylight is considered by clients, colleagues, and communities as one of the leading financial planning firms. Skylight serves a large pool of individuals, families, and business owners, with the ultimate goal of putting their clients at the center of everything they do.

Skylight’s comprehensive and personalized financial planning process is designed to determine where you are now, where you want to be in the future, and provide strategies on how you are going to get there.

Skylight is committed to three pillars: collaboration, community, and connection, and carries this out by forming genuine relationships internally with each other, and externally with their clients and the communities they serve.

Since 2017, Skylight remains independently owned and operated by managing partners Paul Fox and Mike Connole.

For more information, visit www.skylightfinancialgroup.com 

Family Enterprise USA

Family Enterprise USA

Family Enterprise USA promotes family business and job creation, growth, and sustainability by advocating for family businesses, their lifetime of  savings, and the issues they face running their businesses every day. Some of the issues we fight for or against with Congress in Washington DC are high Income tax rates, possible elimination of valuation discounts, increase in capital gains tax, enactment of a wealth tax, and the continued burden of the gift, estate and generation skipping taxes. Family Enterprise USA represents and celebrates all sizes and industries of family businesses and multigenerational employers. FEUSA is a 501.C3 organization.

For more information, visit www.familyenterpriseusa.com


Last Updated: 1/19/24