Aikens Financial Team

Financial Planning and Wealth Management takes expertise and experience followed by dedication and discipline. Brian has developed a wealth management team to help you best meet your financial goals and objectives. The team focuses on wealth and risk management tied together in a comprehensive financial plan. All members of the team share Brian’s enthusiasm and commitment to a client-focused approach.

If you have questions, concerns or need assistance regarding the services we provide, please reach out directly to one of our expert team members.



James Dannug

James Dannug, CLTC®

Office 330-668-6114

James spent 8 years in corporate America as an accountant before transitioning to financial planning in 2014.  He assists in working closely with our clients to provide excellent planning and client support.

James may work with you on the following:

  • Develop plans and analyze client solutions.
  • Strategies and tools for your planning goals.
  • Provide information and service to your investment accounts.
  • Welcome introductions to others that may need planning help.

James lives in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He is a coach at Rampant CrossFit and enjoys helping others achieve their fitness goals in addition to their financial goals. James is also an active member of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber, Greater Akron Chamber, and Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber.

Maryam Steckel

Maryam Steckel

Director of Operations and Client Service
Office 330-668-6144

Maryam is responsible for office operations, excellent client service, and daily client meeting preparations for our growing practice.  She also handles opening and processing insurance & investment accounts and maintaining compliance procedures.  

Maryam may work with you on the following:

  • Schedule appointments.
  • Provide information and service to your insurance policies.
  • Provide information and service to your investment accounts.
  • Direct you to the correct resource.
Keith D Gibson

Keith D Gibson, CFP®, CLU®, CLF®

Keith joined Northwestern Mutual in 2008. His experience with retirement plans, asset allocation, portfolio management and risk management positions him well to develop investment strategies and portfolio design in conjunction with our comprehensive financial planning for our clients.

Outside of the office he enjoys playing basketball, Cleveland sports, and exploring the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but most of all Keith enjoys spending time with his family. 

Laura Slomsky

Laura Slomsky, MBA

Director of Marketing

Laura joined Northwestern Mutual in June 2008.  As the Director of Marketing, Laura promotes and helps grow my business and ensures my clients receive a high level of service from the team.  In addition, she is responsible for the overall brand management of my practice.  

Laura may work with you on the following:

  • Share team news and communications.
  • Schedule speaking engagements.
  • Organizing charitable and community events and sponsorships.

Laura lives in Uniontown, Ohio and enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and interior design.  She is Vice President of Akron Children's Hospital's Emerging Leaders Board and is the past Event Chair for Dancing for the Kids, which benefits childhood cancer programs at Akron Children's. 

Jacob S. Cunningham

Jacob S. Cunningham

Investment Operations Associate

Jacob spends most of his time focusing on the investment portion of the business. He establishes investment accounts and processes services requests for our clients.  Jacob assists with portfolio implementation, creating systematic retirement contributions, and executing the buying and selling of securities. 

Outside of the office, Jacob enjoys traveling, fishing, camping and going to OSU Buckeyes & Pittsburgh Penguin games. 


Brian Lee Aikens, CFP®, CLTC®
Wealth Management Advisor

Aikens Financial


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