Author Archives: Olivia

Guardian CEO Honored for Dedication to Project Renewal

Deanna Mulligan, President and CEO of Guardian, was recently honored by Project Renewal, a nonprofit organization that empowers homeless New Yorkers to renew their lives through comprehensive medical, housing and job programs. Project Renewal raised over $1.5 million at its 27th Annual Gala Benefit and Auction, held June 8 at Spring Studios. Mulligan is a former member of Project Renewal’s ...

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Consumers with Advisors More Financially Prepared and Confident Than Do-It-Yourselfers

A study that was commissioned by MDRT and conducted online by Harris Poll found that 79 percent of Americans have never hired a financial planner. Thirty-eight percent of these consumers say it’s because they are capable of managing their finances alone. However, many Americans who have hired a financial professional report feeling confident at the sight of complex financial terminology, ...

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NAIFA Hosts First Diversity Symposium

The first Diversity Symposium organized by NAIFA was a huge success by any accounts.  Held just before the association’s 2017 Congressional Conference in Washington, D. C., the meeting brought together forward-thinking executives from some of the nation’s top financial firms to discuss the importance of having a diverse workforce and helpful hints for making this happen. On hand to give ...

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John Hancock Teams Up with David Ortiz to Hit a Home Run in Retirement

Now that former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has retired from a 20-year baseball career, he’s back to being a rookie – that is, a retirement rookie. This spring, instead of prepping for Opening Day, Ortiz is teaming up with John Hancock to navigate one of life’s biggest questions: What should I do now that I’m retired? This question is ...

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How to Tap Into the Multi-Generational Goldmine

Over the next few decades, we’ll witness the largest wealth transfer in history. This isn’t the sale of a massive corporation or a newly discovered oil deposit. Instead, it’s the passing of more than $30 trillion from Baby Boomers to their children. Will you be the one providing them with advice? Unfortunately, as research by Fidelity Investments and PricewaterhouseCoopers shows, ...

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Seven Steps to Success in 2017

It’s that time of year again to think about change, improvement, and new achievements for your company in the New Year. But we know from research that 92% of all New Year’s resolutions fail. So you might ask yourself: Why bother? However, instead of giving up, you should make resolutions in a more effective way. There are many reasons why ...

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Great Expectations

As small and mid-market businesses gear up for the holiday season, they are optimistic about sales and predict growth for the next quarter and into 2017. This is according to the American Express Holiday Growth Pulse, a survey of 1,502 small and middle-market businesses across a variety of industries. Specifically in the retail industry, nearly six in ten (59%) small-business ...

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Gellar Elected President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services

Evelyn Gellar, senior vice president at Empire Wealth Strategies, a Penn Mutual New York agency, was elected president of the Women in Insurance and Financial Services. WIFS is the only association within the insurance and financial services industry devoted to promoting the advancement of women. “We’re honored to have someone like Evelyn as part of our Penn Mutual family,” says ...

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MDRT Announces 2017 Executive Committee

MDRT has announced the appointment of Mark Hanna, CLU, ChFC, to President, and Regina Bedoya, CLU, ChFC, to Secretary of the organization’s Executive Committee. Hanna, from Concord, Calif., will be the 91st President of MDRT and will succeed 28-year member Brian D. Heckert of Nashville, Ill., who will become the Immediate Past President. James Pittman, CLU, CFP, a 42-year member ...

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Reaching for the Stars

Hundreds of financial professionals made their way to Atlanta last month for the 2016 National African American Insurance Association Conference and Empowerment Summit. During this jam-packed event, attendees were engaged and inspired as they listened to the best in the business deliver powerful lessons on self-empowerment, succeeding against all odds, and moving to the top in today’s challenging business environment. ...

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