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Young Advisor Team

The Future is Now!

Blake Gillies, DIAOn behalf of the 2021 Young Advisor Committee, we are

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 thrilled to be working side by side with other NAIFA Leaders as we continue to move the membership needle forward.

Being the driving force behind NAIFA's award-winning Advisor Ambassador program is one way in which the YATs bring next-generation advisors into the NAIFA Community. We were honored to win a Silver ASAE Power of A Award for this program.

The YATs also assist with the Future Leaders program.  This program is designed for college students to educate them about all of the different career paths available in the insurance and financial services industry.  This is a great opportunity for our team to talk about why they love what they do and to get our future NAIFA leaders energized about the possibilities this industry can bring.

We are the next generation of state chapter presidents and members of the National Board of Trustees. (In fact, we are both serving as presidents of our respective states this year.) Our committee's role is to ensure that NAIFA develops the programming and culture to attract and retain young advisors.

We are looking for young advisors to be active at their chapter/affiliate or national level.  We encourage you to consider ways that you can help us amplify our voice in the industry.  Consider writing a blog post for NAIFA's Advisor Today or moderate a session for the Advisor Ambassador Program. 

Consider joining our committee by completing an application.

Blake Gillies, DIA
Carina Hatfield, LUTCF, CLCS, LACP

NAIFA YAT Committee Co-Chairs

2021 National YAT Committee


Cheryl Canzanella, LUTCF, CLU, ChSNC

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Brokerage Director,
Loyal Member Since 2010

Jeff Chernoff

Jeff Chernoff

Tampa St. Petersburg, FL

Insurance Advisor
Insurance & Trust
Loyal Member Since 2011

Kate Cihon

Kate Cihon

Denver, CO
University of Maryland

Owner & COO,
Kilgore Cihon Advisor Group
Loyal Member Since 2009


Blake Gillies, DIA

Huntington College

Brokerage Director,
Acacia Financial Group
Loyal Member Since 2012


Brent Hill

Fort Worth, TX

Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance,
Estate Planner
Loyal Member Since 2020



Indiana University

Vice President,
The Haney Company
Loyal Member Since 2013

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John Hansbrough

Los Angeles, CA

Benefits Advisor, Business Development
The LBL Group
Loyal Member Since 2014

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Carina Hatfield, LUTCF, CLCS, LACP

Philadelphia, PA

Owner ,
Weigner Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.
Loyal Member Since 2005

Ryan Jewell

Ryan Jewell

Greater Seattle Area, WA

Brokerage Manager,
Guardian Life
Loyal Member Since 2014


Rodney Mogen

Austin, TX

Small Business Puzzle Solver & Income and Lifestyle Protection Specialist,
Mass Mutual Financial Group
Loyal Member Since 2011

John D. Richardson

John D. Richardson

Greater Nashville Area, TN

Financial Planner,
Boundbrook Advisors, LLC

Loyal Member Since 2003


Derek Scheetz

Columbus, OH
The Ohio State University

Lifetime Financial Growth, LLC
Loyal Member Since 2019

Rebecca Schulter

Rebecca Schulter

Memphis, TN

Financial Services Representative and Insurance Producer,
UCL Financial Group, LLC
Loyal Member Since 2015

Camille Tan

Camille Tan

Greater Chicago Area, IL

Creative Solution Specialist,
Strategic Financial Group, Inc.
Loyal Member Since 2004

Mark Acre

Mark Acre

Nixa, MO

One Source Insurance
Loyal Member Since 2009


Emily Cabbage

Waterloo, IA
Loras College

Director of Marketing