Manuel serves as Agency Managing Partner for MassMutual Chicago where he is responsible for the selection and development of Associates and Managing Associates within the firm, along with growing his client-facing practice focused on serving entrepreneurs, executives, and professional athletes.
Manuel has 14 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, serving in management and executive leadership roles since 2007. Previously, Manuel served as Chief Growth Officer and Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual in the Chicago suburban market. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Manuel served as Agency Manager at COUNTRY Financial. During Manuel’s 8 year career at COUNTRY Financial, he was recognized with the prestigious “All-American” award in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010, ranking him in the top 5% of financial representatives and agency managers in the company. Manuel served on COUNTRY’s national strategic marketing committee as they expanded into the Chicago market for the first time in the company’s history. He was also appointed as one of COUNTRY Financial’s registered lobbyists in IL. After transitioning to MassMutual Chicago in 2013, Manuel has attained both Leaders and Management Council recognition in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This ranks him in the top 10% of individuals in his current leadership role across the company. He was also recognized with MassMutual’s Community Service Award in 2015, appointed to the Sales Manager Advisory Board in 2015, and invited to join the Field Leadership Development program in 2016. Manuel has spoken at MassMutual Academy, Summit, NAIFA Chicago’s Taste of MDRT, GAMA’s global LAMP conference, NAIFA Illinois’s annual conference, FUND Conference, and various other local sales and financial services industry programs.
At the forefront of Manuel’s personal life are his wife, Samantha, and two children, Ava and Atlas. They share a passion for community involvement. They maintain a commitment to the Melanoma Research Foundation, POSSE Chicago, Israel Idonije Foundation, NFL Alumni Association, Alicia’s House and Junior Achievement. Manuel currently serves on POSSE Chicago’s Leadership Council and served as Chair of the Melanoma Research Foundation’s Wings of Hope Gala (Chicago) in 2015 and 2016. He has also provided previous board service to NAIFA Chicago, the Center for Economic Progress, and the Reilly C. Bush Foundation.
Area(s) of Focus
- Business Owners
- Insurance Strategies
- Investment Strategies