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NAIFA Member Receives Penn Mutual’s Financial Professional of the Year Award

May 8th, 2014, Comments Off.

ruckerJason-Ruckerbw30_150The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, a more than 167-year-old company, is pleased to announce that NAIFA member Jason Rucker, CFP, of Cambridge Financial Services in Chandler, Ariz., has been honored with the 2013 Financial Professional of the Year Award.

This award recognizes a Penn Mutual financial professional who demonstrates the highest standards of continuing education, performance and ethics in helping clients achieve a lifetime of financial well-being. In order to earn this recognition, the financial professional must be a registered representative of Hornor, Townsend & Kent, Inc. (HTK) who has earned the CLU, the ChFC or the CFP designations, and has qualified for Leaders Conferences.

“Throughout his career with Penn Mutual and HTK, Jason has been committed to putting all of his clients on the right path to developing and achieving each of their unique financial goals,” says William J. Stevens, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, vice president of Penn Mutual’s Career Agency System. “We are proud to honor Jason and his devotion to his career with the prestigious Financial Professional of the Year award and are excited for his continued growth with our company for years to come.”

A 17-year industry veteran, Rucker has been affiliated with Penn Mutual since 2000. During that time he has won a number of company awards, including the 2010 Career Agency System (CAS) Silver Medal, the 2008 CAS Bronze Medal, the 2007 CAS Gold Medal, the 2007 CAS Life Sales Leader award, as well as several Century Club awards.

Rucker has also been a member of the Penn Mutual STAR program since 2010, which recognizes the company’s top performing and most consistent life producers, and a member of HTK’s Peak top producer program since 2010. He is a qualifying member of MDRT’s Court of the Table and Top of the Table, and has served on the Board of Directors of Penn Mutual’s Producers’ Advisory Council.


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Sy Sternberg Named 2014 John Newton Russell Memorial Award Winner

April 30th, 2014, One Comment ».

The life insurance industry’s highest honor will be presented at the NAIFA Career Conference and Annual Meeting in September as a tribute to his more than 40 years of service and contributions to the industry.

sternbergsyThe National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors is proud to announce Sy Sternberg, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of New York Life Insurance Company, as the recipient of the 73rd annual John Newton Russell Memorial Award. The award is the highest honor accorded by the insurance industry to a living individual who has rendered outstanding services to the institution of life insurance.

Mr. Sternberg will receive the award September 7, 2014, at the NAIFA Career Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego.

“Sy Sternberg has done as much to advance the institution of life insurance and the agency  distribution system as anyone in the industry,” said Terry K. Headley, LUTCF, LIC, FSS, chair of the 2014 John Newton Russell Award Committee. “The selection committee considered a very strong slate of nominees this year, but ultimately we were honored to unanimously select Sy as the 2014 John Newton Russell Memorial Award recipient.”

As chairman and CEO, Mr. Sternberg successfully steered New York Life to focus on its core values as a provider of life insurance and annuities. Under his leadership, New York Life became the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. He provided strong support for insurance agents at New York Life, instituting valuable training courses and resources for the company’s field force and promoting improved communication between upper management and agents.

A strong advocate for the life insurance industry, Mr. Sternberg played a key role in shaping industry positions on such issues as regulatory reform and tax reform. His chairmanship of the American Council of Life Insurers encompassed the events of 9/11, upon which he encouraged insurance companies to pay claims quickly and without bureaucratic delays.

Mr. Sternberg has been a strong supporter of industry organizations, including the LIFE Foundation, AALU, GAMA, MDRT and NAIFA. Under his leadership, New York Life was the first company to adopt the GAMA/MDRT mentoring program. He developed and implemented several creative and successful programs to increase NAIFA membership among New York Life agents.

“Sy is known as a great friend to insurance agents and a vigilant advocate for the life insurance industry,” said NAIFA President John F. Nichols, MSM, CLU. “As well as anyone, he understands the important role agents play in providing financial security for 75 million American families. For his significant industry contributions and accomplishments, Sy is a well-deserved recipient of the 2014 John Newton Russell Memorial Award.”

John Henry Russell created the John Newton Russell Award in 1942 as a tribute to his father, an influential leader in the life insurance industry and an early advocate of agent education. John Newton Russell served as NAIFA (then NALU) president from 1916 to 1917 and was a contributing founder of LIMRA International, The American College and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.

“I know several recipients of the John Newton Russell Award and never considered the possibility that I would be asked to join this prestigious group,” Mr. Sternberg said. “The JNR Award is a truly unique and very special recognition because it’s awarded by a committee representing every facet of the industry − from agents to life insurance companies, from educational organizations to research. All I can say, is thank you for this great honor.”

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