Monday, May 21, 2018

Hilliard Lyons Opens New Branch in Akron

Louisville-based wealth management firm Hilliard Lyons is expanding its presence in Ohio with the opening of its first branch in Akron on Friday, May 18. The branch, one of more than 70 in Hilliard Lyons’ 12-state footprint, will be led by two Wealth Advisors, Daniel Strebler and Walt Sokira, and Wealth Associate Toni Francis. All three are  from UBS. They are bringing with them approximately $230 million in client assets.

The new branch office is 12 miles northwest of downtown Akron, at 3560 West Market Street.

Hilliard Lyons’ President Tom Kessinger was eager to share this news: “We are excited to be opening our sixth Hilliard Lyons branch in Ohio. This new team’s approach to listening carefully to clients and tailoring holistic wealth management plans fits our business model perfectly. We can’t wait to see what this team is able to accomplish in this attractive market.”


L to R: Registered CSA Michael Sidote, Wealth Associate Toni Francis, CSA Allison Heim, Wealth Advisor Dan Strebler, and Wealth Advisor Walt Sokira
  • Dan Strebler, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor, has been in the indus­try for over 29 years (most recently at UBS and Morgan Stanley). He received both his BS and his Mas­ter of Taxation from from the Univer­sity of Akron.
  • Walt Sokira, Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor, has been in the indus­try for over 26 years. For 18 years before joining UBS in 2016, he had his own firm as an Invest­ment Advisor at Walt St Invest­ment Manage­ment. Since 2006, he has also served as a Professor-Senior Lecturer at Case Western University’s Weather­head School of Management; since 2003, he has also taught at Kent State University as an adjunct faculty member.
  • Toni Francis, Wealth Associate, has more than 16 years of industry experience, including time at UBS and Morgan Stanley. The team is further supported by Michael Sidote, Regis­tered Client Service Associate, and Allison Heim, Client Service Associate. Michael joined the team last year and has two years of financial services experience. Allison brings with her four years of industry experience, including two years at Raymond James Financial Services.