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2018 Marketing and Communications

LIMRA is pleased to present the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars of Marketing and Communications. These individuals represent talent across many areas of financial services supporting distribution. They represent up-and-coming professionals who use new and creative marketing and communications strategies to help move the industry forward.

Learn more about the individual winners below.

  • Megan Brewer

    Social Media Strategist
    Prudential Financial
    “By using new social media tactics and platforms to engage the millennial audience, Megan’s strategies have driven Prudential’s audience to take real action for their financial future. Megan has made a huge impact on the Prudential brand and our ability to break through.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Laura Crisco

    Assistant Vice President, Media Relations
    “Laura has driven or co-led several critical MassMutual communications initiatives, including the new office building in Boston, the “You Get What You Give” campaign (resulting in more than 125 media placements) and the sale of the Tower Square office building.” – excerpt from nomination  
  • Elizabeth Galanos

    Advertising Manager
    Voya Financial
    “Betsy effectively connects objectives with comprehensive advertising and media support to drive results for Voya’s businesses, always with a focus on measuring impact.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Justine Lynch

    Digital Development Manager
    American National
    “Justine excels at developing programs and strategies that deliver impressive results. She possesses a natural understanding of how to leverage digital channels and increase engagement. Her passion and initiative help her to effectively plan and execute on complex campaigns.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Laura Maulucci

    Public Relations Manager
    Voya Financial
    “Laura has an ability to work in a matrixed team environment while managing the creative process and execution of important deliverables at Voya. The company has gained significant levels of positive visibility and earned media value through Laura's work.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Erin Meijer

    Director, Thought-Leadership & Content Marketing
    Guardian Life
    “Erin leads Guardian's Individual Market thought-leadership efforts. Her first research program analyzed which behaviors correlate with the greatest financial and emotional confidence.  She turned those insights into actionable planning ideas and strategies for consumers and agents.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Melissa Musial

    Marketing Research and Data Manager
    “Melissa has impressed executives at OneAmerica with her ability to integrate quickly and lead a team of cross-functional marketing consultants. She has developed expertise on trends within the industry that elevated her to a more visible role externally and as such works frequently with the corporate communications team to serve as a reputable, authoritative spokesperson with the retirement trade press.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Isaac Norton

    AVP Strategic Marketing
    Sammons Financial Group
    “Isaac’s leadership style and penchant for breaking through traditional status quo has helped transform the strategic marketing approach into a Center of Excellence for Innovation and Content at Sammons Financial Group.” – excerpt from nomination  
  • Ker Tze Hwee

    Brand Manager, Marketing Communications
    AIA Bhd
    “Ker Tze Hwee’s pulse on the market has created many first-of-its-kind activations that stand out among the noise in a crowded marketplace. His 360° concept approach to on-ground activations within the integrated campaigns effectively reach AIA’s stakeholders through engaging touchpoints.” – excerpt from nomination 
  • Janelle Walter

    Senior Director of Distribution Marketing
    “Janelle was the key driver of all Allianz marketing efforts including messaging, materials, campaigns and promotional activities over the past seven years, which has played an integral role in Allianz’s life insurance sales increasing by 152 percent.” – excerpt from nomination