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The Crowd or The Cross: A thought-provoking exploration of belief in God versus what peers may entice you to believe.

Paul J. KoopmanPAUL J. KOOPMAN, President

Paul is recognized for his ability to instill belief in people and help them reach higher goals. As a father of four and youth minister, he specifically knows how to relate to youth and communicate effectively with them.

After earning a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Paul launched the youth ministry program at St. Albert the Great Parish in North Royalton, Ohio. Under his leadership, participation in the program grew more than 500% to be among the largest youth ministry programs in Northeast Ohio. Currently, Paul serves as Youth Director at St. Francis Xavier in Medina, Ohio.

In 2012, Paul became a certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. This specialized training enables Paul to help organizations across the nation develop leaders who craft solid plans for their personal and professional lives and work with purpose to reach their goals. Visit Paul’s John Maxwell page to learn more about this certification.

Paul is also co-author of E5 Leader: Success Tools To Maximize Your Potential & Develop Equilibrium For Life. This book reveals the secrets of living a life of total equilibrium that results in an increase in efficiency, job satisfaction and personal success.


Brian Dean learned the value of discipline finishing Saint Ignatius High School in 3 years and graduating from John Carroll University as its top accounting student. From that foundation, he has started, grown, managed and sold several businesses in the financial services industry. He currently leads CBIZ Retirement Plan Services, which was recently recognized by Crain's Cleveland Business, as the area's largest investment advisor.

With 30 seasons of coaching youth athletics and mentoring young professionals for over 25 years, Brian is committed to helping others discover and continually improve their God-given talents.

Brian serves on the Endowment and Finance Committees of St. Ignatius High School. He is the former President of the Cleveland Chapter of Legatus and former Board Chair of the Jesuit Retreat House.

Michael J. SwallowMICHAEL J. SWALLOW

Passion defines Mike.

He brings passion to his profession. As Senior Vice President for CBIZ Retirement Plan Services, Mike was named among the most influential advisers in defined contribution by 401kWire in 2010.

Mike is also co-founder and president of The Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism, a nonprofit organization with the aim of promoting patriotism and supporting local military families. His passion for connecting civilian and military communities stems from having several family members who served. Learn more about his organization at neopat.org.

For these reasons and more, Crain’s Cleveland Business made Mike a part of the “Forty Under 40: Class of 2011” which honors individuals for their professional success and civic contributions.

Most importantly, Mike shows great passion for being a husband and father.