Boston– John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN)* recently became an MDRT Foundation Corporate Silver Sponsor after making a contribution to the organization. Founded in 1927, MDRT is a premier, international network of leading financial services professionals. The MDRT Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the MDRT and showcases the generous and caring spirit of MDRT members.
“MDRT is a bar many of our financial representatives strive to achieve,” said Peter Gordon, President of JHFN. “And because both JHFN and MDRT believe in giving back through good works, we are proud to be able to support the MDRT Foundation with this donation.”
Steve Goodwin is a 25-year JHFN financial representative affiliated with Empire Financial Partners in NY and serves on the MDRT Foundation’s Corporate Giving Committee. “What’s unique about the MDRT is its dedication to the Whole Person concept. The focus is on our quest to achieve balance in all aspects of our lives -- family, health, education, career, service, financial and spiritual,” he explains. “It’s not enough to be a highly successful financial professional. We must strive to be well-rounded in all other areas of personal success, including philanthropy.”
Goodwin actively lives this philosophy. Not only has he built is own successful practice, he has been an MDRT member for 23 years, was awarded an MDRT Foundation Quality of Life grant for the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program, and currently serves on the Board of Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA). DS/USA, which has also received MDRT Foundation grants, is a national nonprofit organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. It has grown to offer nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability.
States JHFN financial representative, Tom Spencer, ChFC, of Spencer Financial, LLC, in Sudbury, MA, “The MDRT gives you the tools to make you better at what’s important in your life whether it’s being a better husband or wife, a better parent, a better professional, more physically fit, or more active in charitable works.”
Spencer is also very active in the MDRT and the MDRT Foundation. He’s been an MDRT member for over 25 years and has served in various capacities, including Divisional Vice President in charge of the MDRT Annual Meeting in San Diego in 2006. He has also served on the Board of the MDRT Foundation and currently is the Chairman of the MDRT Boomer Retirement Committee. The MDRT Foundation has also honored him with a grant to benefit Seeds of Peace, a non-profit group that brings together young people from regions of conflict to develop leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.
“The MDRT reflects the same belief in ‘charitable thinking’ that John Hancock does,” continues. Spencer. “Both organizations believe we should be visible, lead by example, and give back to make a real difference in the world.”
According to Michelle Stuaff, Fund Development Manager for the MDRT Foundation, since its formation in 1959, the MDRT Foundation has granted $17.6 million to charitable organizations serving people in 67 countries and all 50 states. In 2006 alone, it gave out $2.3 million to a diverse group of worthy charities.
A notable distinction of the MDRT Foundation is that the grants given by the MDRT Foundation are distributed to organizations in which MDRT members have a vested interest. “All grant recipients have either been endorsed by an MDRT member or are receiving money in honor of a member’s high level of involvement,” she says.
About John Hancock Financial Network
John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN) is a retail distribution company of John Hancock with over 350 branch offices and 1,880 financial representatives across the United States. JHFN has an unwavering commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial visions of its associates, while helping to enhance the financial security of its clients. For more information on John Hancock Financial Network and its national network of financial services firms, visit www.jhnetwork.com.
About John Hancock and Manulife Financial
John Hancock is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$410 billion (US$386 billion) as at June 30, 2007.
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.
The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, fixed and variable annuities, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at www.johnhancock.com.
*John Hancock Financial Network is the servicemark of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and its affiliated companies. Insurance products offered through John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Boston, MA 02117. Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member NASD, SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor, 197 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116.
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Melissa Simon Berczuk