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LIMRA Announces 2018 Rising Stars of Innovation Under 40

WINDSOR, Conn., July 12, 2018 - LIMRA today announced the 10 winners of its contest to recognize Rising Stars of Innovation under 40 in the financial services industry. The contest searched for industry professionals who demonstrate innovation within their companies.

“Our industry is constantly changing. Our winners have demonstrated innovative ways to keep their customers engaged and improve efficiencies in today’s marketplace,” said James Kerley, chief membership officer, LIMRA.  “We are excited to recognize these young leaders and look forward to seeing how the new creative business strategies they develop will transform our industry.”

The winners will be honored at a reception during LIMRA’s Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 28-30, 2018, in New York City.  To learn more about the conference, please visit:

To view the winners and read excerpts from their nominations, please visit:  2018’s Rising Stars in Innovation
  • Tassie Blackstone

    Director of Sales and Strategy
    brightpeak financial
  • Colby Custer

    Product Management Consultant

  • Anne Do

    Digital Marketing Coordinator
    Sagicor Life Insurance Company
  • Lauren Kane

    Senior Manager, Content Strategy
    Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

  • Kelly Katz

    Vice President, Institutional Retirement Marketing
    T. Rowe Price
  • Michael Michlitsch

    Director, Policy Management Company
    Valmark Financial Group

  • Carlos Nakandakare

    Director Comercial de Vida
    Mapfre Perú
  • Matthew Prom

    Distribution Sales Enablement Technology Manager
    Allianz Life Insurance Company

  • Ashim Avinash Sahu

    Associate Director, Data Sciences
    AIA Bhd Malaysia
  • Sarah Thacker

    Underwriting Manager, Voluntary Benefits
    Voya Financial

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