Harris S. Fishman, CLU, ChFC, has accomplished significant achievements within the insurance and financial services industry. With his leadership abilities and commitment to service, Harris has taken First Financial Group to soaring heights in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Harris is President of First Financial Group and a General Agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) with locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. For the past 27 years, Harris has specialized in advising business owners, professionals and high net worth individuals with their financial and estate planning.
Under Harris’ leadership, First Financial Group has grown from 40 to over 100 full-time financial professionals. First Financial Group services over 39,000 clients* and our policy and account values exceed $1.56 billion (As of 12/31/2015: Includes values of MassMutual and subsidiary insurance companies and retirement products and investment products offered through MML Investors Services, LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary).
First Financial Group has won the MassMutual Crystal Achievement Award for thirteen consecutive years (2003-2015) in recognition of consistent growth and has won a Bronze Chairman’s Trophy in 2012 & 2013 and a Gold Chairman’s Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2015 for outstanding performance.
Harris and First Financial Group have been recognized by many institutions over the years. First Financial Group has been named as one of the “Best Places to Work” by The Philadelphia Business Journal for nine consecutive years (2007-2015) and in 2014 & 2015 earned Gold, coming in first place in the Large Company category. Philly.com and The Philadelphia Inquirer have named the firm a “Top Workplace” six times (2010-2013, 2015 & 2016). Harris has been honored for his leadership as a CEO by a variety of organizations. He was voted “Top CEO” for small sized firms by The Philadelphia Inquirer (2012), recognized as the “CEO of the Year Award” by the Main Line Chamber of Commerce (2012) and the “CEO Philanthropy Award” by Executive Leadership Radio, recognizing his leadership, devotion and commitment to the community (2012). Additionally, Harris was awarded “Most Admired CEO” by the Philadelphia Business Journal (2015) and presented the GAMA International’s “Master Agency Award,” recognizing excellence in growth and management (2016).
Harris is active in a variety of community groups and serves on many local boards: Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania; The American College Foundation Board; and Chair of the Finance Committee at Old York Road Temple Beth-Am.
Harris graduated with honors from the University of Delaware in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and attended Darden Business School’s Executive Leadership Program. Harris is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He holds Series 7, 6, 65, 63 and 24 registrations with FINRA, and is a registered principal with MML Investors Services, LLC. He served as President of MassMutual’s General Agent’s Association in 2013.
He and his wife, Ellen, live in Rydal, Pennsylvania and have 2 daughters, Rachel and Emily.
Area(s) of Focus
- Business Owners
- Insurance Strategies
- Investment Strategies