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LIMRA Announces Top 25 Rising Stars of Distribution Under 40

WINDSOR, Conn., March 30, 2016 – LIMRA today announced the winners of its contest to recognize the top 25 Rising Stars of Distribution under 40 in the financial services industry.

“As we celebrate our 100th anniversary we are not only looking at our past accomplishments but we are also looking forward to how we can support our members in the future.  We wanted to acknowledge the next generation of leaders who will be instrumental in the future of distribution,” said Robert A. Kerzner, president and CEO, LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global. “The outstanding young professionals who were selected demonstrate ingenuity, innovation and imagination in their respective roles.  They represent LIMRA member companies of all sizes across the globe.  We are delighted to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their successes.” 

The winners will be honored at a reception during LIMRA’s 100th Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 23-25, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.  To learn more about the conference, please visit:

To view the winners and read excerpts from their nominations, please visit:  25 Rising Stars in Distribution

  • Michael Anza

    Territory Manager
    Colonial Life
  • Matt Bokosky

    Senior Director, National Accounts
    Pacific Life, Retirement Solutions Division

  • Chantel Bonneau

    Wealth Management Advisor
    Northwestern Mutual
  • James Christie

    Head, Competitive Services Group
    Lincoln Financial Group

  • Shawn Davis

    National Vice President, Alternative Distribution
  • Chrissy Dunning

    Assistant Vice President, Internal Sales
    Protective Life Insurance Company

  • Riley Essay

    Regional Sales Manager — Worksite Benefits
    Assurity Life Insurance Company
  • Jennifer Tierney

    Vice President, Sales and Distribution
    John Hancock Insurance

  • Matthew Jones

    Vice President, Customer Engagement
    Swiss Re Life Capital
  • Steve Madison

    Vice President, Marketing
    Primerica Life Insurance Company

  • Felix Malitsky

    Managing Partner
    MetLife Premier Client Group of New York City
  • Maggie Merica

    Manager, Agency Training Design
    COUNTRY Financial

  • Sean O’Connor

    Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager
    Baltimore Life
  • Matthew Olson

    Vice President, Customer Marketing and Analytics
    Athene USA

  • Sharon Parsons

    Integration Product Category Leader
  • Caitlin Pemble

    Manager, Agency Growth and Development
    Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

  • Drinie Posthuma

    Business Manager
    Sanlam Financial Advisors
  • Lisa Rickner

    Assistant Vice President and Head, AdviceNext Consultant Team
    Lincoln Financial Group

  • Andre Robinson

    Head, Advisory Services
    Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.
  • Bobby Samuelson

    Vice President

  • Steve Sanders

    Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
    Columbus Life Insurance Co.
  • Shane Shinn

    Regional Director
    Guardian Life

  • Michael St. Clair

    Senior Regional Vice President
  • Jay Stubbs

    Regional Director
    First Protective

  • Jim Wagner

    Vice President and Managing Director
    Protective Distributors

Media Contacts

    Catherine Theroux, 860-285-7787,

    Mark Morris, 860-285-7875,

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      Since 1916, LIMRA, a worldwide research, learning and development organization, has been the trusted source of industry knowledge, helping more than 850 insurance and financial services companies in 64 countries. To learn more about LIMRA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, please visit