Top 25 Under 40

LIMRA Announces Top 25 Rising Stars of Distribution Under 40

Industry’s youth movement poised to advance the business of planning

WINDSOR, Conn., March 30, 2016 – LIMRA today announced the winners of its contest to recognize the top 25 Rising Stars of Distribution under 40 in the financial services industry.

“As we celebrate our 100th anniversary we are not only looking at our past accomplishments but we are also looking forward to how we can support our members in the future. We wanted to acknowledge the next generation of leaders who will be instrumental in the future of distribution,” said Robert A. Kerzner, president and CEO, LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global.

“The outstanding young professionals who were selected demonstrate ingenuity, innovation and imagination in their respective roles. They represent LIMRA member companies of all sizes across the globe. We are delighted to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their successes.”

The winners will be honored at a reception during LIMRA’s 100th Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 23-25, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about the conference, please visit here.

To view the press release with the winners’ portraits, please visit here.

To view read excerpts from the winners’ nominations, please visit here.

LIMRA’s Top 25 Rising Stars of Distribution Under 40

• Michael Anza
Territory Manager, Colonial Life

• Steve Madison
Vice President, Marketing, Primerica Life Insurance Co.

• Lisa Rickner
Assistant Vice President and Head, AdviceNext Consultant Team, Lincoln Financial Group

• Matt Bokosky
Senior Director, National Accounts, Pacific Life Retirement Solutions Division

• Felix Malitsky
Managing Partner, MetLife Premier Client Group of New York City

We wanted to acknowledge the next generation of leaders who will be instrumental in the future of distribution

• Andre Robinson
Head, Advisory Services, Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.

• Chantel Bonneau
Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

• Maggie Merica
Manager, Agency Training Design, COUNTRY Financial•

Bobby Samuelson
Vice President, Life Product Development, MetLife

• James Christie
Head, Competitive Services Group, Lincoln Financial Group

• Sean O’Connor
Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager, Baltimore Life

• Steve Sanders
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Columbus Life Insurance Co.

• Shawn Davis
National Vice President, Alternative Distribution, Ameritas

• Matthew Olson
Vice President, Marketing Analytics, Athene USA

• Shane Shinn
Regional Director, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

• Chrissy Dunning
Assistant Vice President, Internal Sales, Protective Life Insurance Co.

• Sharon Parsons
Integration Product Category Leader, Humana

• Michael St. Clair
Senior Regional Vice President, MassMutual

• Riley Essay
Regional Sales Manager — Worksite Benefits, Assurity Life Insurance Co.

• Caitlin Pemble
Manager, Agency Growth and Development, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

• Jay Stubbs
Regional Director, First Protective

• Matthew Jones
Vice President, Customer Engagement, Swiss Re Life Capital

• Drinie Posthuma
Business Manager, Sanlam Financial Advisors

• Jennifer Tierney
Vice President, Sales and Distribution, John Hancock Insurance Co.

• Jim Wagner
Vice President and Managing Director, Protective Distributors




Since 1916, LIMRA, a worldwide research, learning and development organization, has been the trusted source of industry knowledge, helping more than 850 insurance and financial services companies in 64 countries. To learn more about LIMRA’s 100th Anniversary Celebration, please visit