Scott W. Armstrong, AIF®
Scott is a 28 year veteran focused on bringing value to the table for his clients and his advisor partners. Scott developed a reputation as a resource in the closely held business marketplace. Identifying problems and providing innovative solutions has been one of the hallmarks of his success. Working with companies and high net worth individuals Scott's focus is creating value in areas of business continuation, compensation consulting and wealth transfer solutions. His considerable knowledge and contacts are invaluable to the organization from joint work opportunities to attracting others interested in this tremendously rewarding career. Scott is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a degree in economics. Scott and his wife Julie have one son, Scott.
Meet Our Team
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Kari L. McKanna, ACS, AIAA
Kari began her career with John Hancock in May, 1981 in Houston, TX. She transferred to the Columbus agency in October of 1985. As the Office Manager for the firm, Kari oversees the day to day operations. She currently is participating on the Office Managers Finance Committee researching ways to improve systems both for the Agents and for the Managing Partners.
Kari and her husband, Britt have two grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, cruise vacations, and spending time with the family.
Director of Compliance/Firm Supervision Specialist
Yolande D. Circosta
Yolande joined Signature Financial Group in January 2013 as our Director of Compliance/Firm Supervision Specialist. Her responsibilities include the supervision of our Registered Representatives as well as Principal review of all new business. After many years as an Executive Assistant, Yolande began her career in the financial services industry in 2002 as Branch Operations Assistant at Quick & Reilly. She became a Registered Principal during her tenure with New England Financial as Operations Manager. After a two year association with Guardian Life/Park Avenue Securities as Agency Compliance Officer, she was introduced to Scott Armstrong and the rest, as they say, is history. Yolande has three grown children and resides in Dublin, Ohio. She is involved with Women’s Ministries and sings in her church’s choir and Praise Team.
Linda L. Thomas
Linda graduated from Bradford Schools with an associate's degree in Office Administration. Linda started part time with the firm in March of 1993 and was hired full time in the new business department later that same year. She recently has been promoted to Operations Coordinator for the firm. In her spare time, Linda coaches cheerleading at the high school level for the past six years. Linda and her husband Mark, have two boys, Dylan and Coy. The family resides in Delaware, Ohio.
New Business Administrator
Kelly A. McKanna
Kelly is responsible for new life and long term care business, and also helps with IT issues for the firm. Kelly graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2007, and is a TBDBITL Alumni. She worked part-time through college at Signature Financial Group, and joined the firm full-time in 2008. She lives in Westerville, Ohio and has three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the Buckeyes, spending time outdoors, baking and decorating cakes, reading, and crafting.
Diana L. Pyles
Diana joined Signature Financial Group in March 2015. She plays an integral role in assisting Yolande and has also taken on a new role of assisting agents and clients with policy service. She lives in Columbus with her husband Brian and their son, Brian. She serves on the board of a local non-profit, Ignite Our City, and enjoys volunteering at her church. She enjoys kayaking, swimming and is a lover of all animals, especially her own, a pup names Bowser and a cat names June Bug.
Anthony R. “Tony” Shockley, CLU, CLTC
Tony started his practice with John Hancock in 1985 upon earning his masters degree from The Ohio State University. He also earned his bachelors degree from Ohio State in 1983. Tony joined John Hancock as a registered representative in 1985 upon graduation and within four years became a sales manager with the organization. He is now serving as a brokerage manager.
He has been a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors since 1985, serving on the board of the Columbus chapter for 14 years. He also served as President of NAIFA Columbus in 2000-2001. He served as a board member of the General Agents and Managers Association from 1996-1998 and was an ex-officio board member of the Columbus chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
He earned his CLU designation from the American College in 2003. The CLU, Chartered Life Underwriter, requires many courses in insurance, financial planning, estate taxes, and investments. He has also earned a CLTC designation from the Corporation for Long-Term Care Certification.
Tony and his wife, Alison, live in Powell and have two children, Tia and Sam. They are both active in their community, through local government and charitable organizations. Tony also enjoys coaching baseball and attending softball games in his time away from work.