Life Annuity Specialist is focused on providing actionable business intelligence to executives at life insurance carriers and annuity providers. Life Annuity Specialist delivers thorough coverage of all firms that manufacture and sell variable, fixed and indexed annuities, term and permanent life insurance, as well as other insurance solutions of the life and health market.
Coverage in Life Annuity Specialist includes:
- Life Insurance
- Workplace Benefit Products
- Product Development
- Corporate Strategy
Life Annuity Specialist is tailored specifically to serve executives in sales, marketing, compliance, legal, product development and tech/ops.
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As a subsidiary of the Financial Times, Life Annuity Specialist and its journalism are subject to a self-regulation regime under the FT Editorial Code of Practice: www.ft.com/editorialcode
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Richard Bedard is Managing Editor of Life Annuity Specialist. He previously worked at Bloomberg as an editor on the finance and corporate finance teams, and as an editor on the newsletter team. He has worked in New York, Florida, Hong Kong, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. He is a graduate of New York University's journalism program and Harvard University.
Warren S. Hersch is an Associate Editor and Senior Reporter at Life Annuity Specialist. Since joining Money-Media in January 2018, he has covered news and trends respecting life insurance and annuity manufacturers, including developments involving individual and group protection products, distribution, corporate strategy, regulation, legislation and court cases. Between 2004 and 2017, he served as a senior editor for National Underwriter Life & Health and LifeHealthPro.
Cyril joined Money-Media in October 2018. He has since covered news and trends in the life insurance and annuity market. Subjects include products, distribution, sales, technology and company CEOs. Between 2013 and 2018, he was a senior writer for InsuranceNewsNet.com. Before that, he wrote for trade publications and newspapers.
Hannah joined Money-Media in 2020 and previously worked at CNBC and CNN. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and holds a BA in English and anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Ming Li is a data visualization reporter for Financial Advisor IQ and Life Annuity Specialist. Previously, she was a foreign correspondent at Xinhua News Agency North America in New York. In China, she was a journalist at Xinhua News Agency and Xinhua News Agency Inner Mongolia and a research assistant at the CNBC Beijing Bureau.
Greg Shulas is Director of Business Development at Money-Media. He is responsible for finding and researching opportunities for Money-Media to grow its business. Shulas also helps edit the Research Vault database for Money-Media publications. He previously served as Money-Media’s interactive editor, a company innovation catalyst, a senior reporter at Agenda and the FundFire wealth management reporter. Before joining Money-Media in March 2006, he was a staff writer for the Connecticut Post. Shulas has a BA in History, with a concentration in Journalism, from the University of Delaware.
Andy Willmott is Group Managing Editor of Money-Media, responsible for leading our new publications through launch and to success and profitability. He currently oversees Life Annuity Specialist and P&C Specialist, with more to come. He has worked at Money-Media since 2001, as a reporter and then managing editor on FundFire.
Sales and Marketing
Christopher Burke is Head of Sales for all Money-Media subscriptions. Chris oversees sales and renewals for all Money-Media publications. Chris has been with Money-Media since 2007, when he was hired in a business development role for the events team. In 2012, Chris took sole responsibility for the Renewals department and shortly thereafter started managing key sales roles as well. Chris took on his current position as Head of Sales in 2019.
Derrick oversees sales for Life Annuity Specialist. Prior to working with Money-Media, Derrick worked as a business development executive at IBISWorld Canada. Derrick has over a decade of experience in various business development roles.
Catlin Sweeney is the Group Marketing Director. Catlin oversees the marketing team responsible for driving marketing efforts across Money-Media’s suite of products. Catlin joined Money-Media in June 2013 as the Research Team Captain and managed the off-site marketing research team. Catlin worked as a Marketing Associate from 2014–2016, executing marketing campaigns for numerous Money-Media publications, including Ignites, Ignites Asia, Ignites Europe, and Ignites Research. Catlin graduated with a BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Chelsea is a Senior Marketing Associate. Chelsea executes marketing efforts for Agenda, BoardIQ, and Life Annuity Specialist. Prior to Money-Media, she worked in human resources consulting. Chelsea graduated from New York University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.
Renewals and Reprints
Ben Donnelly is the Relationship Manager for all subscription-based customers, ensuring favorable renewal rates and client relations. Ben joined Money-Media with five years of sales and account management experience from NYC-based technology companies. He holds a BS in Marketing from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Christopher Howell is the Client Service Manager & Reprints Manager. Chris is primarily focused on proactive efforts to help increase reader engagement and strengthen relationships with key contacts. He is also handles reprints for all Money-Media publications . Prior to Money-Media Chris worked for the New York District Council of Carpenters. He received his BA in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz in 2005 and his master's degree in Public Administration from CUNY John Jay in 2015.
Dennis Asselta is the Group Head, Financial Advertising for the Financial Times. Dennis is responsible for managing the financial advertising team as well as working with partners on integrated advertising solutions across both the Financial Times and FT Specialist. Dennis graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in Policy Studies.
Jessica is the Senior Account Director of Asset Management for the Financial Markets Advertising Team. Jessica is responsible for selling advertising solutions across the Financial Times and Money-Media, including print, digital, mobile and bespoke opportunities. Jessica has held many sales roles. Most recently at Usablenet where she was responsible for selling mobile platform solutions. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration, Marketing from Monmouth University.
Emily Robbins is the Account Director of Asset Management for the Financial Markets Advertising Team. Emily is responsible for selling advertising solutions across the Financial Times and Money-Media portfolio, including print, digital, mobile and bespoke opportunities. Prior to joining the team, Emily worked in client management at advertising agencies in New York and Washington D.C. She helped clients develop marketing strategies and oversaw creative development and execution of fully-integrated campaigns. Emily graduated from Towson University with a degree in Business Administration and Mass Communication.
Kelsey Healy is the Account Executive of Asset Management for the Financial Markets Advertising Team. Kelsey is responsible for selling advertising solutions across the Financial Times and Money-Media, including print, digital, mobile and bespoke opportunities. Kelsey previously worked at Turner Broadcasting in advertising sales roles. She graduated from Bryant University with a degree in Business Management.