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Mark Briscoe


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Why the Insurance and Financial Services Industry Needs More Female African American Advisors

By Mark Briscoe on 2/26/21 3:56 PM

Mary Greene is a Black woman who became a financial advisor with Prudential after working for several Fortune 500 firms in other industries. Prudential offered four things she says are necessary for young advisors to make it: Name recognition among prospective clients, a strong training program, solid support from her manager and managing director, and a feeling of confidence that she “could flourish and really bring some great things to the clients because of the needs of the African American community.”

Topics: Talent Development Center Diversity & Inclusivity
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NAIFA Celebrates Black History Month: John Merrick and Alonzo Herndon Were Life Insurance Industry Pioneers

By Mark Briscoe on 2/18/21 9:22 AM

John Merrick and Alonzo Herndon were successful turn-of-the-twentieth-century entrepreneurs who recognized that Black families had a growing need for life insurance. They also saw that need was not being met in the Jim Crow South. Both men were born into slavery, Merrick in North Carolina and Herndon in Georgia. Both, coincidentally, made their first entrances into the business world as barbers who prospered and opened multiple shops.

Topics: Talent Development Center Diversity & Inclusivity
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NAIFA Welcomes New Member: Crystal Nguyen

By Mark Briscoe on 8/11/20 3:44 PM

Crystal Nguyen is Sales Manager with MassMutual Texas Gulf Coast and a new NAIFA member. She began her first job in the insurance and financial services industry because it seemed like a good option for her. “I sort of fell into it,” she said. But she has developed a successful career because of her passion for serving clients.

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