Gellar Elected President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services

December 13th, 2016, Comments Off on Gellar Elected President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services.

evelynEvelyn 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 Eileen McDonnell, Chairman and CEO of Penn Mutual. “Her dedication to mentoring other women and encouraging the success of others is admirable and contagious. I’m excited for her new role as president of WIFS and believe this is a great opportunity for her and the organization as a whole.”

“The WIFS community is dedicated to attracting, developing and advancing women in our field,” says Gellar. “It’s an honor to have been elected president of this inspiring organization, and I can’t wait to witness not only the growth of our membership this year, but also the great things our members will accomplish in this industry.”

Penn Mutual has been a longtime advocate for women in business and is also part of the WIFS Partner for Excellence program. Gellar’s commitment to providing mentorship, resources and a network for females supports Penn Mutual’s overall goal for equality across the industry.

Headquartered in Albany, New York, WIFS serves more than 1,200 members and local chapters throughout the country. Members have access to programs and services that facilitate peer connection and professional development. The association recently formed a partnership with NAIFA to strengthen professional development, political advocacy and diversity programs.

MDRT Announces 2017 Executive Committee

December 12th, 2016, Comments Off on MDRT Announces 2017 Executive Committee.
(From left to right): Ross Vanderwolf, James Pittman, Mark Hanna, Brian D. Heckert and Regina Bedoya)

(From left to right): Ross Vanderwolf, James Pittman, Mark Hanna, Brian D. Heckert and Regina Bedoya)


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 from Portland, Ore., will serve as First Vice President, and Ross Vanderwolf, CFP, a 29-year member from Fortitude Valley, Australia, will serve as Second Vice President.  The Committee will lead MDRT for a one-year term.

“Delivering a level of inspiration and educational opportunities unmatched in the profession,  MDRT has helped me emerge as a leader, strengthened my credibility and confidence among my clients and positioned me to achieve career success in the financial services profession,” said Hanna. “I remain thankful and humbled by the continued support I have received from MDRT and look forward to beginning my term as President.” Hanna is a 27-year MDRT member with three Court of the Table and 17 Top of the Table qualifications.

Bedoya , of Juno Beach, Fla., is a 23-year MDRT member with seven Court of the Table qualifications. “Driven by the highest standards, MDRT has enhanced my career through networking and educational opportunities,” she said. “No matter how successful you are, involvement in MDRT will inspire growth for your business.”

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