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MassMutual Expands Arizona Leadership Team

Vlasta Duffy becomes the company’s second general agent in Scottsdale

Dec 10, 2010

(Scottsdale, AZ) - Industry veteran Vlasta Duffy will lead Integrated Financial Strategies, LLC as general agent for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) in Scottsdale.

“Vlasta Duffy brings to MassMutual a wealth of experience and leadership in the financial field, which will allow her to impact the communities she serves,” said Henry McCray, an agency vice president for MassMutual.

Working in collaboration with Jeff Dollarhide, another veteran MassMutual Phoenix / Scottsdale general agent, Duffy will build a second agency presence in the region. Duffy will bring full-service financial planning to her clients with guidance on a full range of protection products while addressing investment needs through MassMutual’s broker/dealer, MML Investor Services Inc.

“In these times, being able to offer a strong financial planning platform that can protect people with risk management products like whole-life insurance and at the same time give them the option to do business with a robust broker dealer, is critical,” she said. “People want options with their money. Here we offer expertise in both worlds.”

Duffy will also expand MassMutual’s recruitment reach in the area and also seek to engage more female consumers about the importance of financial literacy and health.

“Arizona has an incredibly diverse marketplace which makes it a fertile ground for recruiting efforts,” said Duffy. “We also plan to work hand-in-hand with business owners to ensure their financial planning needs are being met at home and with their businesses.”

Duffy has two decades of experience in financial services. She is a graduate Occidental College in Los Angeles and received her MBA from Portland State University. Duffy serves on the board of directors for the Phoenix chapter of NAIFA (National Association of Independent Financial Advisors) and is on the membership committee of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).

She resides in Scottsdale with her husband and daughter.

Duffy can be reached at (480) -305-5674.

About MassMutual
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders every year since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.


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