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WINDSOR, Conn., May 6, 2019 - LIMRA today announced the 10 winners of its 2019 contest to recognize Rising Stars of Retirement under 40 in the financial services industry. The contest searched for innovative and dedicated individuals who are making a difference in Retirement Services.

“These motivated young leaders are transforming the retirement industry through their innovative thinking and their ability to adapt to changing marketplace. Their work is helping their companies better serve retirees and those preparing for retirement and support efforts to ensure all retirees achieve financial security throughout their lives,” said Alison Salka, senior vice president and director, LIMRA research. “We are proud to celebrate these young professionals and recognize their successes.”

The winners will be honored at a reception during LIMRA’s Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 27-29, 2019, in Boston. To learn more about the conference, please visit:

To view the winners and read excerpts from their nominations, please visit:  2019’s Rising Stars in Retirement.


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Nick Cummings

Director of Financial Analysis, Retirement Services

OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.


Alexandria Morris

Business Strategist - Customer Care



Patrick Ferris

Divisional Vice President

AXA Equitable Life


Seth Nailor

Associate Vice President, Customer Service & Claims

Sammons Financial Group


Yarmon Kennedy

Vice President of Strategic Planning & Analysis and Customer Officer

AIG Retirement Services


Amanda Pequignot

Vice President, Strategic Business Management, Retirement Plan Services

Lincoln Financial Group


John McCarthy

2nd Vice President, Client Services – Retirement Plans



Aaron Strassburger

Senior Associate, Operational Risk Management

New York Life Insurance


Eric Miller

Director - Agency Services

Sammons Financial Group


Amy Wick

Advisory Solutions Development Director

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America





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