Meet our team

Our savy team understands that financial plans and retirement strategies are for everyone, not
just the uber wealthy. Our advisors collaborate with you to deliver not just big ideas, but the
right ideas. We find the healthy balance between dreams and economic realities to achieve your unique version of financial freedom.

It’s been our job for 30 years… because it’s also our passion.

John DuBois


John has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance and financial services industry.  He is a perennial MDRT qualifier and Conference of Champions qualifier with Nationwide Financial Network. In 2014 he founded Illumination Financial Group, LLC to partner with agencies to become their financial services department. This allows area agencies to finally help clients plan for and live in retirement.

John became the single advisor in the state of West Virginia (and 1 of only 18 in Ohio) to achieve certification as a Land as Your Legacy Advisor and works with the Ohio Farm Bureau to assist farm and ranch owner families in creating succession plans, ensuring farms thrive for future generations.  As a Business as Your Legacy planner, John assists local owners in structuring their businesses to incorporate key man insurance, buy sell agreements, retirement plans and other programs to help keep operations financially healthy and productive.

“With our strategic philosophy and access to innovative solutions and options, we are able to help our client families throughout each stage of their financial journey.”  IFG offers a comprehensive suite of services including:  wealth management, financial planning, funds investing, 401k strategies and rollovers, college planning, long term care solutions, disability income, life insurance strategies, and legacy planning.

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Rob Chickis

Financial Specialist

With 10 years of industry experience, Rob has earned multiple awards throughout his career as an agent for Nationwide, including several accolades for his knowledge of financial products. As a Nationwide Sales Manager in Northeast Ohio, Rob assisted in launching multiple new locations. Those same satellite offices went on to flourish into respected businesses under his management. Rob’s attention to detail, his extensive abilities in wealth coordination and his genuine personality makes him one our most loved and respected team members.  Rob enjoys working with business owners, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations. Born and raised in Southwestern PA, he‘s a proud Pirates fan.  Be sure to say hello if you see him at a home game with his family!

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Denise Beatty

Director of Operations

Denise will most likely be the first person on Team IFG to contact you.  Denise is your personal investment concierge and is here to guide you through our processes step by step. Throughout her 14+ years in the industry she’s learned to navigate compliance laws and forms regulations to ensure your investments follow FINRA guidelines and all paperwork requirements are easily fulfilled. Denise also designs our education curriculum and keeps our office organized. Her combination of patience and let’s-get-it-done today is exactly what our current clients love most about her! In her years as a financial marketer, Denise has partnered with and learned from  some of the largest  firms in the industry.  She’s enjoyed working on celebrity endorsement projects, coordinating nationwide advisor coaching programs and editing books for a few top financial advisors. When the office closes for the night, Denise finds joy in trail biking and travelling with her husband, Brian, and their two children, Georgia and Boston.


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Deborah Hofmann

Financial Specialist

Prior to her 26 years of experience in the financial services industry, Deb earned a MBA in finance from Case Western Reserve University.  She then spent 14 years with a financial firm where she concentrated on retirement and estate planning. Her innovative strategic planning and analysis skills led her to become a Financial Advisor overseeing 7 branches of Parkvale Bank in the West Virginia and Ohio regions where she focused on mutual funds, annuities, securities, CDs and life insurance.  As our financial specialist, Deb combines her education, financial services experience, and a keen knowledge of the  ever-changing insurance industry landscape to provide you with solutions for your unique situation.


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Jackie Coniker

Registered Representative

As the next generation of our financial team, Jackie was literally raised in an “advisor” family, so becoming a Financial Specialist was a natural revelation. Her studies at Walsh University garnered a degree in Sociology with a concentration in finance and ethics. The continual change within the financial industry inspires Jackie. “I enjoy learning new information and expanding my knowledge base, so the constant flux of the financial and insurance sector is a motivator. I can only guide our client families properly if I continue to educate myself.

Our clients appreciate her attention to detail and sincere interest in their lives. Jackie focuses on retirement preparation strategies and income longevity. She also works with our farm families to structure legacy planning. “Local farmers grow needed crops while growing our communities. Sustaining them is an investment in everyone’s future.” Away from the office she and her husband Kyle love spending time with their two beautiful boys.


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What our customers are saying

We had great communication with both John (Financial adviser) and Jennifer (Agent). They were both very professional and always available if we had any questions. By the end of the process my wife and I felt like we gained two new friends. I would highly recommend you check out their services if you are in need of financial advice.
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