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2018 Rising Stars in Distribution

LIMRA is pleased to present the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars of Distribution. These individuals represent talent across many areas of financial services supporting distribution. They embody the best in management, product development, sales, marketing, customer engagement, and more.

Learn more about the individual winners below.

  • Brady Aarssen

    Assistant Vice President, Business Development Strategy
    Great-West Life Assurance Company
    “Brady passionately leads Great-West Life forward, examining new and emerging distribution methods with a keen understanding on the important value advisors provide to group plan sponsors and their plan members.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Jessica Bush

    Director, Client Relationship Center - Service
    Western & Southern Financial Group
    “Jessica is a strong proponent of associate development and promotion. Through her efforts - focusing on training, coaching and development within her department - CRC Customer Service Associates are sought after candidates and very successful in advancing their careers at Western & Southern.” – excerpt from nomination
  • David Goettelmann

    Lead Manager - Project Management,
    Chief Sales Office
    AXA US
    “David brings a unique and creative approach to business at AXA. He is in tune with the needs of both headquarters and our advisors.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Tony Govender

    Branch Manager
    Sanlam Sky
    "Under Tony’s leadership, the Port Shepstone branch has grown and has positioned itself as a formidable entry-level market segment life office within our Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) region. Tony constantly assists the regional office on all aspects pertaining to the business unit.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Nathan Jacobson

    Vice-President, Life Distribution
    Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
    “Nathan is a strong advocate for wholesaler technology and is constantly looking for innovations in the industry that can move Allianz Life’s business forward.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Ellen Kottke

    Senior Product and Sales Consultant
    Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
    “Ellen is a thought leader who creates engaging experiences that develop sales knowledge and skills for Allianz Life’s wholesalers, producers and customers.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Judy Lai

    Manager, Distribution Talent Development
    Penn Mutual
    “Judy created the foundation for an adviser development program at Penn Mutual, which created training and development tracks for our next wave of financial advisers.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Nicole Miller

    New Client Acquisition Program Manager
    Western & Southern Life Insurance Company
    “Nicole led a team of marketers at Western & Southern Life to create a small business marketing program centered on lunch and learns. This program has now expanded field wide and is picking up momentum.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Craig Molldrem

    Senior Partner & Financial Advisor
    North Star Resource Group
    “Craig coaches and mentors multiple advisors and interns simultaneously in several North Star Resource Group office locations. His leadership has been essential to both the success of the Lone Star division and to the success of those he mentors.” – excerpt from nomination
  • April Weaver

    eWholesaler Greater Northeast Territory
    Pacific Life Insurance Company
    “April is one of Pacific Life’s top Internal Wholesalers in our Independent Product Channel. She was selected to our Sales Academy class of 2017, a program designed to prepare up and coming talent for external wholesaling positions. She is a mentor and influential leader to her team and a top salesperson in her territories.” – excerpt from nomination.

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