Our talented and dedicated staff is ready to help you achieve financial success during your retirement.


Gary J. Sickles

Founder and CEO

Gary, owner and founder of Safe Harbor Retirement Group, LLC and Safe Harbor Wealth Management, LLC, has a passion for his profession that is evident to everyone he meets. When creating Safe Harbor Retirement Group, LLC and Safe Harbor Wealth Management, LLC, his mission was to provide personalized, high quality financial services for a diverse group of clients at all income levels.Read More

As a conservative wealth manager for Safe Harbor Wealth Management, LLC, Gary works to provide low-risk, personalized investment management strategies. His goal is to help pre-retirees and retirees grow their accumulated wealth throughout retirement and effectively plan for the distribution of that wealth according to their estate plan. Gary has extensive knowledge of the pressing issues facing those who are retired or about to retire. He has created hundreds of personalized plans aimed at meeting the financial and retirement goals of his clients. His success is due to a lasting commitment to help each and every one of his clients achieve the objectives that are most important to them.As an investment advisor representative, his credentials include Ohio Life and Health Insurance licenses, and a Series 65 securities registration. Gary lives in Hilliard and has one son and five grandchildren.


Cory Sickles


Cory excels in presenting Safe Harbor Retirement Group, LLC clients with solutions that help protect their financial future, and prepare for future obligations. He works to help people set and achieve financial goals that provide strategies for greater wealth, financial peace of mind, and confidence in their future.Read More

As an investment advisor representative of Safe Harbor Wealth Advisors, LLC, his credentials include Ohio Life and Health Insurance licenses, and is a registered Investment Advisor Representative with a Series 65 securities license. Cory also hosts a weekly financial radio show “Financially Tuned,” that can be heard Sundays on several local radio stations. Cory earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s from Ball State University, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Cory and his wife Melissa live in Columbus.


Holly Swearingen

Vice President of Operations

In addition to her many duties overseeing office operations, Holly works closely with Safe Harbor Retirement Group, LLC clients to facilitate life and annuity applications, as well as provide any service or support needed.Read More

Holly is also chief compliance officer for Safe Harbor Wealth Management, LLC. Holly’s credentials include Ohio Insurance licenses for life, health & variable annuities. Prior to joining the team at Safe Harbor, Holly was an account manager for a third-party administrator specializing in workers’ compensation benefits, including FMLA, short-term disability, and unemployment compensation benefits. Holly resides in Hilliard with her husband and two children.


Julianna Severns

Client Service Specialist

Julianna assists with processing the operational and administrative parts of the business in a seamless and efficient manner. In addition, she works closely with the Safe Harbor Retirement Group, LLC clients. Julianna is a graduate of Kent State University where she received a bachelor’s of science in travel and tourism management. Her credentials include an Ohio Licenses for life & health insurance.


Melissa Sickles

Marketing Director

Melissa oversees corporate communications and publications for Safe Harbor Retirement Group, LLC and Safe Harbor Wealth Management, LLC. She also assists with educational presentations and seminars, and planning special events for clients. Melissa previously worked as the marketing director for Nashville Public Radio in Nashville, TN. Her credentials include Ohio Life and Health Insurance licenses. Melissa earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University. Melissa and her husband Cory live in Columbus.


Erin Beavers

Programs Coordinator

Erin oversees informational programs and client events. Erin attended California Polytechnic University Pomona on a volleyball scholarship. She previously worked for UPS before taking some time off to start a family. She is now happy to be back in the workforce after sending her daughter off to kindergarten. Erin resides in Columbus with her husband and daughter.

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Jessica Johnson

Certified Public Accountant

Jessica is the owner of Accounting Solutions of Ohio, LLC, a Columbus-based accounting firm formed in 2011. Her focus is on helping small business owners and individuals achieve a higher level of success by offering her resources. In her role, she manages the financials for companies and non-profits and she provides consulting and tax accounting as well.Read More

Jessica is also currently involved with a non-profit organization, the Look Ma’ No Hands Organization, where the focus is to create effective young leaders who understand the importance of being forward thinking individuals. She’s been with this organization since it began and currently serves as the treasurer. Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Ohio State University and also holds the CPA designation.