Kevin Connor Partners with WealthVest Marketing to form WealthVest Financial Partners, a Broker-Dealer Focused Wholesaling Company

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WealthVest Marketing, with offices in Bozeman, Montana and San Francisco, California, announces that Kevin Connor has become a partner in WealthVest Financial Partners, a dedicated annuity wholesaling operation focused on broker-dealers.

WealthVest Marketing, with offices in Bozeman, Montana and San Francisco, California, announces that Kevin Connor has become a partner in WealthVest Financial Partners. WFP is a dedicated annuity wholesaling operation focused on broker-dealers. Kevin Connor joined WealthVest in 2011 to lead the formation of a Hartford Life wholesaling team.

Prior to WealthVest Marketing, Kevin came from Hartford Life Distributors, where he led the marketing and distribution of The Hartford’s broker-sold retirement and investment products – including annuities, mutual funds, retirement plans, and 529 college savings plans. Kevin was responsible for all distribution functions, including internal and external sales, marketing and sales support, and strategic relationship management.

Kevin began his career at PLANCO, one of the nations’ oldest, largest and most respected financial product wholesaling firms, in 1981 as a regional marketing director. He was a consistent top producer in several territories, including New York, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. In March of 1988, he was named divisional vice president of the northeastern division, and became PLANCO’s western divisional manager in May of 1991. Kevin was promoted to vice president of financial institution sales in May of 1993. In 1998, PLANCO became a part of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. As a result of his success in creating and growing a robust wholesaling team, Kevin became a managing director with The Hartford in 1999 and led the interaction with The Hartford’s product development area and outside investment managers. In 2008, Kevin was named executive vice president of Hartford Life Distributors.

WealthVest Marketing is pleased to welcome Kevin as a partner in this new business entity. Wade Dokken, Co-President, says of Kevin, "I have worked with Kevin and/or competed against him for over 24 years, and never in that time have I known someone more capable or more respected in the annuity distribution industry. WealthVest Marketing is thrilled to harness Kevin's relationships, knowledge and reputation for execution excellence for our broker-dealer customers." Lincoln Collins, Co-President, adds, "While CEO of Hartford Life Europe, Kevin and his team helped me build the finest wholesaling force in the U.K., just as he had previously built the largest and most respected wholesaling team in the United States. This allowed us to grow to one of the largest unit-linked firms in a brief four years. Kevin’s elevation to partner reflects our deep confidence in Kevin and his confidence in the WealthVest business model. Kevin's incomparable skills will allow WealthVest to grow from today's largest independent broker-dealer annuity wholesaling force, to the dominant independent force in the United States."

“I believe we are at a point in financial services where investors are increasingly seeking to protect their principal and secure income that they cannot outlive. The broker-dealer community is attuned to the needs of these investor sentiments and therefore, moving rapidly towards the products WealthVest supports. My decision to become an owner is rooted in my confidence in the next decade,” commented Kevin Connor.

About WealthVest Marketing:    

WealthVest Marketing is the nation’s leading independent financial services distribution firm specializing in high quality fixed and fixed index annuities sold through banks and broker-dealers. WealthVest serves all corners of the broker-dealer marketplace, including national and regional full service firms, as well as banks and independent broker-dealers.

WealthVest’s executive leadership team – directed by Wade Dokken, the former CEO of American Skandia, and Lincoln Collins, the former CEO of Hartford Life Ltd. In Europe -- has a long history of success as innovators in the annuity industry and has helped to make WealthVest the fastest growing annuity wholesaling firm in the United States for the past two years. WealthVest’s wholesaling team currently consists of 52 consultants, with plans to expand over the course of 2013. WealthVest’s wholesaling team averages over 15 years of wholesaling experience, predominantly in variable annuities, mutual funds and fixed index annuities.

WealthVest's commitment to delivering innovative marketing tools, providing an unsurpassed field sales support team, and offering a broad choice of high consumer value annuity products positions WealthVest as the top choice for banks and broker-dealers seeking fixed index annuity marketing and training support on a national scale. WealthVest Marketing supports the nation’s leading independently distributed fixed and fixed index annuity carriers.

Media Contact - Dana Mahoney 406.548.3133 dmahoney(at)wealthvest(dot)com

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