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Richard H. Sullenger of Bakersfield, Calif. was elected President of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT MDRT Million Dollar Round Table ) for 2003. He assumes the position as the 77th president for the worldwide organization on September 1, 2002, until his term expires August 31, 2003.
Sullenger, president of Sullenger Financial Group, has been a general agent with GenAmerica Financial, a MetLife affiliate, for more than 25 years. "GenAmerica is honored to be associated with Richard, one of our long-time partners and top producers," said Dick Miller, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of GenAmerica Financial. "Richard always demonstrates the highest level of ethical standards and is a role model for many. His role as MDRT President will make a significant impact on the organization and financial services industry," added Miller.
As President of the five-member MDRT Executive Committee, Sullenger's goals are to significantly increase domestic membership, promote branding opportunities for MDRT and strengthen participation in MDRT's mentoring program. During the next 12 months, he will travel the world speaking to MDRT members, non-members and company officials at local meetings and industry events.
A significant contributor to the MDRT Foundation as a Bronze Knight, Sullenger is a 31-year Round Table qualifier with seven Court of the Table (COT) and six Top of the Table (TOT) honors, designations reserved for producers who have demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct.
He has served on MDRT's Management Council, its 14-person governing body Noun 1. governing body - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he , as the 1996 Finance Committee Chair, 1993 Annual Meeting Divisional Vice President (DVP DVP
See delivery versus payment (DVP). ) and 1989 Communications DVP.
Sullenger was the 1999 MDRT Millennium Task Force Chair, in addition to the 1987 Membership Communications Committee Chair. He has served on the Membership Communication and Program Development committees, as well as the Annual Meeting Long-Range Planning, Program General Arrangements and Family Time Task Forces. Sullenger is also one of only 43 members who have attended 30 or more consecutive MDRT Annual Meetings.
A frequent industry speaker, Sullenger has addressed life underwriter associations across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. on topics ranging from private pensions and executive bonus plans to retirement planning Retirement financial planning refers to a collection of systems, methods, and processes which, in their aggregate, support a family unit's (client's) desire to achieve a state of financial independence, such that the need to be gainfully employed is optional. and wealth preservation.
An MDRT business and community leader, Sullenger and his wife, Linda, co-founded two charitable organizations, Couples Against Cancer and Krewe krewe
n. New Orleans
Any of several groups with hereditary membership whose members organize and participate as costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival: "They . . . for the Arts. He has also been involved in the North Bakersfield Rotary, Kids on the Block, Teen Challenge Teen Challenge is an evangelical Christian recovery program and a network of Christian social and evangelizing work centers. It is a 12-18 month program that serves drug addicts, alcoholics, gang members, prostitutes and people with life-controlling problems. , St. Paul's
(Bakersfield) and Mastering Abilities Riding Equines (M.A.R.E.).
Joining Sullenger on the 2003 MDRT Executive Committee are: Marvin H. Feldman, CLU (language) CLU - (CLUster) An object-oriented programming language developed at MIT by Liskov et al in 1974-1975.
CLU is an object-oriented language of the Pascal family designed to support data abstraction, similar to Alphard. , ChFC, of East Liverpool, Ohio East Liverpool is a city in Columbiana County, Ohio, United States. The population was 13,089 at the 2000 census. It is located along the Ohio River and borders the states of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. , Immediate Past President; George B. Pickett Jr., J.D., CLU, of Jackson Mississippi, First Vice President; Adelia C. Chung, CLU, ChFC, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Second Vice President; and Stephen O. Rothschild, CLU, ChFC, of St. Louis, Missouri, Secretary.
Feldman, a 28-year MDRT member and Excalibur Knight of the Foundation, has earned eight COT and 21 TOT honors and served as the Program Development Committee DVP (1998) and TOT Chair (1986). A respected industry speaker, he has addressed insurance audiences throughout the world. An MDRT business and community leader, Feldman is listed in "Who's Who in the World" and "Who's Who in Business and Finance." Feldman is also active in his community, volunteering much of his free time to the East Liverpool City Hospital where he is chair and trustee, and was a founder and currently is a director of the First National Community Bank in East Liverpool, Ohio.
Pickett is a 32-year member and Foundation Gold Knight with three COT and one TOT honor. Along with other numerous leadership positions, he has served as the Membership Services DVP (1994), the Research and Special Projects DVP (1988) and the Finance Committee Chair (1986). Pickett has served as president of both the Jackson Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Mississippi Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame of both the Jackson and Mississippi Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Pickett is a past president of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation and is a Distinguished Service Award recipient of the National Kidney Foundation Not to be confused with American Kidney Fund.
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is a major voluntary health organization in the United States. Its mission is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and . He is a founding member and past president of the Millsaps College Estate Planning Estate Planning
The overall planning of a person's wealth, including the preparation of a will and the planning of taxes after the individual's death.
Contrary to popular belief, estate planning involves much more than preparing a will, and it is not only for the Council and is Past Chairman of the Millsaps College Annual Fund.
Chung, a 20-year member of MDRT with 10 COT and five TOT honors is the first woman to be elected to MDRT's Executive Committee. A Platinum Knight of the Foundation, she was only the second woman to serve as President of the MDRT Foundation. Heavily involved in the industry, she most recently served on MDRT's TOT Advisory Board, and previously served as the President of the East Honolulu Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, President of the Hawaii Chapter CLU/ChFC, was the National Committee Person of the Life Underwriters Political Action Committee and Treasurer of the Life Underwriters Political Action Committee. A Founder of the Alana Dung Research Foundation, she also volunteers much of her time to the Ronald McDonald House, YMCA YMCA
in full Young Men's Christian Association
Nonsectarian, nonpolitical Christian lay movement that aims to develop high standards of Christian character among its members. and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Rothschild is a 27-year member with eight COT qualifications and one TOT honor. Heavily involved in the Round Table, he is a Diamond Knight of the Foundation and is a participant in its Gift of Life Insurance program. He has served on MDRT's Management Council three times as 1997 Finance Chair, 1999 Annual Meeting Divisional Vice President and 2001 Communications Divisional Vice President. An industry leader, Rothschild is a past board member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU AALU Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (a conference of NALU)
AALU Associate of the Academy of Life Underwriting ). In addition, he is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis and the St. Louis Association of Financial Planners. He is active in his community serving on many local community boards.
MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals. An international, independent association of more than 28,000 of the world's best life insurance and financial services professionals from 74 nations and territories, MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information about MDRT, please visit www.mdrt.org.
GenAmerica Financial is a leader in the development and distribution of financial services through independent, insurance-based agencies. It is the parent company of General American Life Insurance Company; and Walnut Street Securities, Inc., a registered broker/dealer. GenAmerica Financial is based in St. Louis, MO, and is an affiliate of MetLife, Inc. For more information about GenAmerica Financial, visit www.genamerica.com.
MetLife, a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : MET), is a leading provider of insurance and other financial services to individual and institutional customers. The MetLife companies serve approximately 10 million individual households in the U.S. and companies and institutions with 33 million employees and members. MetLife also has international insurance operations in 13 countries. For more information about MetLife, please visit the company's Web site at www.metlife.com.