October 2016 Scholarship Recipients
Ron Killian transitioned from the Navy at the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. In his post-Navy career, he completed his BA in pastoral studies and served full time in pastoral ministry for 12 years. He then felt called to serve in a different way – drawn toward the insurance profession, specifically the senior market. “I really believe I was called in this direction,” Ron says. “Seniors, more than anyone else, need someone they can trust.” He started his financial services career at Prudential and Bankers, achieving great success early on, which included attaining #1 in both total production and in total applications sold. He then made the transition to become an independent insurance agent. “The last 31 years of my life have been about helping people,” Ron says. After successfully completing the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) program, he is now moving on to the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) program.
Brad Price transitioned from the Air Force in 2012, at the rank of Senior Airman. During his active duty tenure, he spent time in Seattle, Wash. and Ramstein, Germany in security forces. Brad and his team were responsible for security of their unit and its security systems. After returning home, it was time to choose a second career, so he took the opportunity to shadow his father-in-law at his financial planning practice. He found himself enjoying the chance to put some of his accounting degree to use. Now having moved to McKinney, a fast growing suburb of Dallas, Brad has been tasked with the development and operations of the planning and insurance division of a fast growing CPA firm. He will complete the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) program, which will give him an edge in this new position. Brad says he has a strong desire to help and wants to be seen by his clients as an educator, not a salesman. “The role of educator is all about helping people and instructing them about their options.” Brad credits his communication skills to his time in the Air Force. “You meet all types of people [in the military],” he says. “You have to find ways relate to them.”
Eric Satcher enlisted in the Navy right out of high school to help pay for his education and eventually received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. He chose this route because, in his words, “I thought it was important to serve.” After basic training, he was sent to California to receive additional training and shortly afterwards he was sent to work onboard the USS Mobile Bay, a guided missile cruiser located in Yokosuka, Japan. He says his time as a "striker” gave him a good work experience. After six months of maintaining the image of the ship, including maintenance, cleaning, and painting, he could choose his job in another field. He spent some time as a Master Helmsman, responsible for steering the ship in dangerous conditions. Those years in the Navy taught him discipline, commitment, and attention to detail, all skills that would serve him well in his next career in the financial services profession. He started his new path at a small life insurance company and eventually worked his way up to a job at New York Life. “I've realized that this is my calling.” Eric says. “I needed to pursue higher education.” He will complete the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) program, which will broaden his skillset and allow him to better serve his clients.