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YAT Leader of
the Year

About the Award

The YAT Leader of the Year Award recognizes an advisor’s commitment to NAIFA, including service on local, state and national committees and participation in the Leadership in Life Institute (LILI); involvement with state or federal legislative efforts; participation in external service work such as charities; and an ability to inspire others.

Nominations will open for the  YAT Leader of the Year each February during I Love NAIFA Month.

2021 YAT Leader of the Year

YAT Leader of the Year  Brian Haney-1280x735px

Brian Haney, CLTC, CFBS, CIS, CFS, CAE, LACP, Founder and Vice President of the Haney Company in Silver Spring, MD, is the NAIFA Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year for 2021.

Haney is a member of NAIFA-Greater Washington, D.C., and has served on the chapter’s Board for more than seven years. He is the current NAIFA-GWDC Young Advisor Team (YAT) Chair and a Past President of the chapter. He has chaired several other NAIFA-GWDC committees and served on the Board of NAIFA-MD. He is a 2015 graduate of NAIFA’s Leadership in Life Institute (LILI) and serves as a LILI Moderator.

At the national level, Haney serves on the national YAT Committee and is a member of NAIFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. He was NAIFA’s first Life and Annuity Certified Professional (LACP) Chair and served as a subject-matter expert, developing exam questions and criteria for the certification. He is a highly regarded speaker and has presented at NAIFA’s annual conference, has been a featured guest on NAIFA Live, and participates as a presenter in NAIFA’s Advisor Ambassador program.

Outside the industry, Haney shows strong leadership in his community. He and his family volunteer at Progress Place homeless shelter in Silver Spring, and he spearheads community initiatives through his condo building and local church partners to support A Wider Circle, an organization whose mission is to end poverty. He is deeply committed to addressing the refugee crisis, volunteering his time, and donating money to address the tragedy. He has personally connected with thousands of refugees. Haney has been a mentor as part of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Mentor-Protégé Program helping young entrepreneurs learn how to grow successful businesses. He is also actively involved in the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Haney’s many awards and acknowledgments include: West Financial Group New Agent of the Year, MassMutual Life Insurance Company Rising Leader, MassMutual Life Insurance Company Leaders Qualifier, 2017 NAIFA’s Advisor Today Four Under 40 recipient, 2018 NAIFA National Diversity Champion, NAIFA Quality Award recipient each year since 2013, MDRT Qualifier since 2009, MDRT Court of the Table Qualifier since 2014, MDRT Top of the Table Qualifier since 2015, 2019 Washington Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner, and 2019 NAILBA ID 20 winner. 

2020
Carina Hatfield, LUTCF, CLCS, LACP

Pottstown, PA

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Pottstown, PA

2020
Carina Hatfield, LUTCF, CLCS, LACP

Pottstown, PA

2019
Cheryl Canzanella, LUTCF, LACP, ChSNC

St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine, FL

2019
Cheryl Canzanella, LUTCF, LACP, ChSNC

2018
John D. Richardson, RICP, LACP

Brentwood, TN

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Brentwood, TN

2018
John D. Richardson, RICP, LACP

2017
Kevin Ross, LACP

Greeley, CO

X

Greeley, CO

2017
Kevin Ross, LACP

2016
Jason Carter, LUTCF

Texarkana, TX

X

Texarkana, TX

2016
Jason Carter, LUTCF

2015
Jennifer Alford

Perrysburg, OH

X

Perrysburg, OH

2015
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2014
Mark Acre, LUTCF

Ozark, MO

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Ozark, MO

2014
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2013
Gabe Smith

X

2013
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2012
Corey Anderson, DIA

Albertville, MN

X

Albertville, MN

2012
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2011
Brock T. Jolly, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CLTC

Tysons Corner, VA

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Tysons Corner, VA

2011
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2010
Adam Sachs, CLU, ChFC, CFP, CLTC, AIF

Needham Heights, MA

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Needham Heights, MA

2010
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