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2018 Rising Stars in Retirement

LIMRA is pleased to present the winners of the 2018 Rising Stars of Retirement. These young professionals represent talent across many areas of financial services, supporting retirement and are passionate about making a difference.

Learn more about the individual winners below.

  • Annalisa Austin

    Senior Channel Marketing Manager
    Pacific Life
    “Annalisa provides uniquely tailored annuity marketing strategies to support individual business models while also acting as the key liaison for Pacific Life’s product launches, product update, and value-add marketing campaigns.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Jackie Cockrum

    Associate Vice President, Annuity New Business
    Sammons Financial Group
    “Jackie is responsible for driving operational efficiencies with a keen eye on improving the agent experience. She takes a customer-centric approach and constantly looks for ways to inspire and engage her entire team at Sammons Financial Group to do the same.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Lindsey Collier

    Senior Manager - Retirement Solutions
    Raymond James
    “Longevity planning has been a passion and focus for Lindsey. She is a leader in establishing relationships with key partners and marketing these relationships to financial advisors nationwide to make tackling longevity challenges easier for clients and their families.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Lisa Filiault

    “Lisa is a highly-motivated, values-based leader at MassMutual, who leverages her experience to help influence outcomes, define critical path to issue resolution, and professionally handle conflict. She is a decisive and compassionate leader who shows persistence in doing the right things for the business, sometimes at personal cost.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Sean Hutchinson

    Vice President, Customer Experience Marketing,
    Retirement Plan Services
    Lincoln Financial Group
    “Sean brings a unique and creative approach to customer experience marketing, and is in tune with the needs of Lincoln’s current clients and prospective plan sponsors. Thanks to Sean’s dedication and support, the Retirement Plan Services business is well-positioned to deliver outcome-focused initiatives and a world-class customer experience that will continue to raise the company’s profile in the retirement industry.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Daniella Listro

    Business Intelligence Analyst
    Voya Financial
    “Daniella supports research, which has led to positive impacts for both sponsors— through plan design change—and participants on their journey to achieving a dignified retirement. She also conducts extensive analysis of participant behaviors within Voya’s growing suite of award-winning digital experiences, recommending improvements, which drive better participant outcomes.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Joe Powell

    Head of Product & Market Intelligence
    Brighthouse Financial
    “Joe has worked collaboratively with key distributors and advisors to create new products and features that respond to the evolving needs of their businesses. His deep industry knowledge and relationships in the field have led to the insights that are behind many of Brighthouse Financial’s recent product announcements, including the recently updated FlexChoice Access VA rider.” – excerpt from nomination
  • John Ridgeway

    Assistant Director, Client Relations
    “John has a true passion for retirement. He currently leads a service team that works with some of Principal’s most complex retirement clients. His work directly impacts Principal's mission to help more people save enough, protect enough, and have enough in retirement, working with advisors, plan sponsors and Third Party Administrators (TPAs).” – excerpt from nomination
  • Danielle Robinson

    Executive Director, Jackson Charitable Foundation
    Jackson National Life Insurance Company
    “Danielle helps bring programs to Americans that teach them the basics of personal finance, so they can prosper, reach their financial goals and live the lives they desire. She offers a fresh, diverse voice in the retirement planning industry. Danielle’s work is changing how we connect with Americans by using simple and positive messaging to motivate, empower and educate. By initiating efforts to start financial education at an early age, Danielle is also transforming how we prepare future generations to secure financial freedom.” – excerpt from nomination
  • Scott Rooney

    Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager,
    Retirement Plan Services
    T. Rowe Price
    “By combining powerful data with a clear understanding of his clients’ businesses, Scott partners with advisors to help plan sponsors strategically leverage defined contribution retirement programs that will help meet their corporate objectives.  Scott’s ability to deepen relationships, provide leadership, and his desire for continuous improvement make him a valuable partner for his clients and colleagues.” – excerpt from nomination.