Chris Noonan has dedicated his entire career to the Financial Services industry, choosing and maintaining his employment with AXA Advisors. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing he joined AXA Advisors in 1987. Chris’ diligent work and dedication has led to numerous personal awards including Branch Manager Honoree by WallStreetJobs.com. He was most recently awarded the Leadership Excellence Award by LEAD 2016; an organization that assembles some of the world’s top leaders that inspire others with simple stories, encouraging them to take everyday leadership actions to create a better world.
Krish Dhanam Training
Krish Dhanam was born in Vizag in Andhra Pradesh and finished his formal education with an MBA at the Institute of Management Technology in Ghaziabad. Equipped with that learning he migrated to the US in 1986 with his bride Anila. Through training, teaching and facilitating seminars all over the world, Krish launched his professional speaking career. As one of only two executive coaches personally trained by Zig Ziglar, Krish has successfully delivered his message of hope, humor and balance in over fifty countries and throughout the continental United States. Today he is the Global Corporate Adjunct with RZIM, Managing Partner and CEO with Skylife Success, cofounder of Krish Dhanam Training and President of Mala Ministries.
H. Adam Holt
For the past 20 years H. Adam Holt, MBA, ChFC has been a wealth management professional instrumental in bringing innovative practice management technologies to his organizations. Adam is the Managing Partner of RubinGoldman and Associates one of AXA Advisors’ top firms focused on wealth management located in Philadelphia, PA. He is also the CEO and Founder of Asset-Map; a visual technology platform used by thousands of financial professionals globally to engage clients in a visual holistic discussion of their financial condition. Adam speaks globally on FinTech applications and the future of the human and technology advice revolution.
Pru Life UK
Jonash Go began his financial services career in 2002. In 2011-2012, he served as the country chair for the Million Dollar Round Table for the Philippines where he is a 6th time member. In his career, Go has been awarded the GAMA MAA Award as well as numerous company conventions and incentives. Go was promoted to Branch Manager in January 2013 then to Top Area Manager in 2017. He currently oversees 28 managers and a total of 1200 financial consultants. Go received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University.
Montri Saeng-Uraiporn LUTCF®, RFC®, CFP®, MBA
Proactive Training and Consultant
Growing up with the belief that “Service to Mankind is the best work of life” Montri found that life insurance career was the best way for him to build his future while living a useful life. He joined AIA in 1981, and while working hard to be one of the nation top advisors and leaders, he consistently involved in volunteered work, being the president of Thai LUA (1998-2003), Thai LUTC director (2001-2003), Organizing Chairman of the APLIC twice (2001, 2010) and worked with Phil Richards to form GAMA Thailand and was its first president (2004-2008). Since 2010, Montri as CEO of Proactive Training and Consultant, has been working on his “Mission Million”, aiming to positively impact and change a million Thai lives by teaching, training and coaching thousands of advisors and leaders to successfully build their lifetime career and live their good life by doing good deed of helping their prospects, clients and their advisors to realize and achieve their goals to “Make Good by Doing Good”
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Michelle Hubert is passionate about helping those on her team achieve operational and leadership excellence. She started her career with Farm Bureau Financial Services in 1990 as a Sales Associate. She quickly became an agent and was distinguished by the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals that recognizes the top financial advisors worldwide, as one of the industries leading advisors. She currently sits on the GAMA Membership Committee, and serves as a GAMA Foundation Board of Trustee.
Kelly Kidwell is the CEO of Pacific Advisors, a West Coast-based financial services firm that specializes in advanced estate, business, charitable and philanthropic planning. Kelly started his career in financial services in 1987. In 1993, he founded Pacific Advisors and has grown the firm from a small Southern California boutique to a Guardian Master Agency Award and Diamond International Management Award Agency. Today, Pacific Advisors has more than 200 staff and advisors as well as 3,000 active brokers. Looking to share his knowledge with others, Kelly is a frequent lecturer of continuing education courses for financial planners, CPAs, and attorneys nationwide.
John Laurito, CFP®, ChFC®, CRCP, is a Managing Partner for Concord Wealth Management, the Boston Agency of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. Since joining Penn Mutual in 2013, John has lead the agency to more than triple the size and garnering recognition as Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work and Expertise’ Best Financial Advisors in 2017. Penn Mutual recognized the agency’s success with the Excellence Award three consecutive years, along with recognizing two of his front line leaders with Manager of the Year for the last four years.
North Star Resource Group
In 2002 Ed became the youngest Managing Partner nationally for the Minnesota Life’s Securian Advisor Network which has over 50 advising firms throughout the country.
Ed is the Past President of GAMA International (2007-2008). Ed is the creator of “Recruiting University” and “Do Well by Doing Good”. Since 1998 at the age of 27, Ed has been hired as a consultant by many of the largest insurance companies in the world to help them better their recruitment, training and leadership development programs.
Ed resides in Lakeway Texas with his wife of 26 years, Toni, and their four children Ashley, Jacob, Hannah and William.
Dick Cleary has built two master agencies in two different companies virtually from scratch by developing and implementing agency building systems which he refers to as the “5 Elements of Leadership”. Dick has over 30 years of field leadership experience and is a 13-time qualifier for the GAMA International’s Master Agency Award, as well as a GAMA’s International Management Award recipient 29. Very active in the industry, Dick has also served as Chairman of Board of Trustees of the GAMA Foundation and has served on the GAMA International Executive Committee and the Board of Director. Dick is the Founder and President of FSEdNet which specializes in designing virtual video-based training platforms to train and develop all levels of financial professionals, managers, producers and staff. Three platforms with over 1200 active sessions, to not only train but to be an active and engaging resource for today’s on-the-go professionals.
American National Insurance Company
Mark started his Multiple-Line (ML) career in 1996, winning rookie of the year. A few short years later, he became the number one agent with one of the leading insurance companies in America. Mark has been a GAMA member since entering management, serving on both the membership and property & casualty committee. He has become a highly sought – after mentor, motivator and speaker for ML. Multiple MDRT member, Mark shares his innovations that help agents in the three most important areas; Marketing, Winning P&C at any price, and Transitioning to larger life cases. MarkMiletello.com platform is meant to elevate ML sales immediately!
Global Diversity Marketing
Tariq Khan is the founder and CEO of Global Diversity Marketing (GDM), and Global Diversity University (GDU). Tariq is also an adjunct professor of marketing and leadership at New York University. Tariq is a recognized business leader and sought-after speaker on topics such as changing market trends, agency growth, social media services, leadership, and diversity & inclusion. Prior to founding GDM, Tariq held senior management roles at MetLife, Nationwide and ING. Tariq’s work has been highlighted in interviews and articles that have been published in trade and industry publications both nationally and globally. GDM is a management consulting firm focused on helping organizations better understand the changing marketplace. GDM’s www.gdmus.com client list includes global Fortune companies. Tariq is also on the board of directors at Stratford University, as well as several major non-profit organizations.
Phil started in 1986 in the Group and Pension Department at London Life. In 1996, he moved to London Ontario at Head Office in an associate Regional Manager role. He moved back to Montreal in 1997 as a Regional Manager Group for both London Life and Great West Life after the acquisition. In 1999 he left to break new ground with Maxxum and Mackenzie Funds. He was offered the role of leading the 4 GWL sales and marketing Centres in 2010 in Quebec and subsequently offered his current role of RD Montreal City Centre North Shore in 2013.
25 Point Systems
John Baier has 35 years of experience as a Managing Partner and also has served as a company executive. As Managing Partner, he built a scratch agency into one of the premier agencies in the world. Baier was the 2013 inductee into the GAMA International Hall of Fame, the highest distinction in the financial services industry. John is the founder and CEO of Baier Consulting International and co-founder and Executive Director of Vivo Mobile, Inc. Recently retired after a storied career as a Managing Partner with New York Life, John is the creator of the industry-renowned 25-Point System. He most recently served as Executive Director of Seguros Monterrey New York Life in Mexico.
Present Financial Partners
Sina Azari was appointed vice president of Present Financial Partners in October 2016. Azari began his career with Bankers Life in 2003 as a rookie sales agent where he was a consecutive MDRT qualifier. In 2007, he was promoted to branch sales manager and in 2011, recognized as the youngest leader in his role to take on the associate regional director position with CNO Financial Group. Since being in leadership, Azari has been a GAMA Frontline Leader. Azari earned a Bachelor of Science degree from SFSU and currently resides in Orange County, Ca.