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2018 Distribution Winners

LIMRA is pleased to announce the winners of our contest to recognize this year’s Rising Stars of Distribution under 40 in the financial services industry. The contest searched for creative and dedicated individuals who are making a difference in Distribution. 

Brady Aarssen

Assistant Vice President, Business Development Strategy

“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

Great-West Life Assurance Company

Jessica Bush

Director, Client Relationship Center - Service

“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

Western & Southern Financial Group

David Goettelmann

Lead Manager - Project Management,
Chief Sales Office

“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

AXA US

Tony Govender

Branch Manager

"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

Sanlam Sky

Nathan Jacobson

Vice-President, Life Distribution

“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

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Ellen Kottke

Senior Product and Sales Consultant

“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

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

Judy Lai

Manager, Distribution Talent Development

“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

Penn Mutual

Nicole Miller

New Client Acquisition Program Manager

“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

Western & Southern Life Insurance Company

Craig Molldrem

Senior Partner & Financial Advisor

“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

North Star Resource Group

April Weaver

eWholesaler Greater Northeast Territory

“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.

Pacific Life Insurance Company