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Ronan Friend


Recent posts by Ronan Friend

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MEET LOYAL NAIFA MEMBER RYAN BALLESTEROS

By Ronan Friend on 6/23/22 6:05 AM

When Ryan Ballesteros1 was studying Forensic Psychology at Walden University, he didn’t imagine a career helping protect families as a life insurance agent, much less becoming a Partner at New York Life. However, when his son’s mother was pregnant with their first child, Ballesteros saw the power of life insurance. His son’s grandfather passed away, leaving a death benefit to take care of his wife and six children. Ballesteros was able to pay off debt, start a savings account for his son and purchase life insurance for himself.

Topics: Member Spotlight Member Profile Loyal Member Loyal Member Profile
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Meet Steve Cain of NAIFA Partner LTCI Partners

By Ronan Friend on 5/3/22 2:45 AM

Steve Cain is a self-described “LTC insurance nerd” dedicated to being a lifelong learner and advocating for Main Street USA.

Topics: Long-Term Care Long-Term Care Insurance Member Spotlight Member Profile Loyal Member Loyal Member Profile Insurance
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THE PACIFIC BRIDGE COMPANIES (TPBC) IS A NAIFA 100% AGENCY

By Ronan Friend on 4/29/22 3:51 AM

Stephen Kagawa, FSS, LUTCF, founder and CEO of The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC), has a vision—to help families protect what they love through TPBC’s platform, Aloha Financial Advisors. As Kagawa explains, “Aloha Financial Advisors is all about doing good and having advisors who are rooted in their vision of a better world driven by their core values.”

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Financial Planning Loyal Member Insurance NAIFA 100% Agency
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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Christopher Faulk

By Ronan Friend on 4/3/22 11:44 PM

When Christopher Faulk started out in the financial services industry, he could tell there was something missing. As a commercial loan officer, he was helping people, but there were other aspects of his clients’ financial pictures that weren’t being addressed. He wanted to offer a more comprehensive financial service. 

In 2019, Faulk joined New York Life, and their holistic approach to addressing clients’ needs was exactly what he was looking for. Now, he protects families as an insurance agent and helps clients with their investment needs as a registered representative.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Financial Planning Member Member Profile New Member Profile Insurance
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Rahim Solehdin

By Ronan Friend on 3/14/22 7:19 AM

NAIFA-CA member Rahim Solehdin uses his passion and experience to train the next generation of agents and advisors at New York Life.

Making a Difference

When Solehdin joined New York Life as an agent in 2013, he found the balance he was looking for—the opportunity to help people provide for their families while making good money. He always knew he wanted to be in management, and New York Life provided that career path for him. Driven to succeed, he became a partner with New York Life in 2016. "I knew what I had to do to get there, and I did it,” he says. “[At New York Life], I knew that I could do the hard work and get what I wanted.”

Topics: Member Member Profile New Member Profile Loyal Member Profile

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