(Birmingham, AL, November 9, 2016) – Highland Capital Brokerage, Inc. (HCB) a subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. announced today that J. Craig Collins, Sr. Vice President, Highland Capital Brokerage has accepted the leadership role for HighCap Financial (HCF). HCF allows independent producers to partner with HCB, adding value to their practice while maintaining their independence. Craig will work to reinforce and enhance the HCF program for independent producers. He will also take a leadership role in building the annual HighCap Sales Forum, and overall execution of the channel.
“We are very pleased that Craig has accepted this leadership role,” said Jim Gelder, CEO. “His experience will be an asset at both the national and local level for our HighCap Financial members. We are fortunate to have him on our team.”
Craig is a well-known, well-respected veteran of the insurance industry. Before joining Highland, he worked as Senior Vice President, Independent Life Sales for ING Retail Life – U.S. (Now Voya Financial), where he co-managed independent life distribution. Prior to that, he ran a regional brokerage general agency, worked as an insurance marketing consultant, and served in several home office capacities. Craig is an active participant in the industry having recently served as Chairman of the LIMRA Brokerage Committee and maintaining memberships in AALU and NAILBA.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this very important initiative for Highland,” Craig said, commenting on his new role. “My desire is to continue to build on the foundation established by the hard work of the Highland team and continue to grow the reputation of HighCap Financial as the place for exceptional producers. I am looking forward to working closely with each member and increasing the program’s value-add to their insurance practices.”
About HighCap Financial®
HighCap Financial members partner with Highland Capital Brokerage for all of their product, support, and carrier connections. They actively participate in helping grow an influential, industry-leading organization, while fully incorporating membership experiences and resources to accelerate their own business to a whole new level. To learn more about HighCap Financial, visit www.highlandbrokerage.com/blog/highcap-financial.
About Highland Capital Brokerage
Highland Capital Brokerage is a national brokerage company providing point-of-sale support, advanced marketing, and creative estate and business planning techniques to financial advisors and insurance professionals. We deliver these services in an efficient, client-focused environment that extends to carrier and product expertise, underwriting negotiation, and complete back office processing. Our core competencies include life insurance, annuities, and long term care. HCB delivers objective access to major insurance carriers, advanced planning support, expertise in risk underwriting, and back office processing to insurance brokers, financial planners, and various institutions such as banks, wirehouses, and certified public accountant firms. To learn more about Highland Capital Brokerage, visit www.highlandbrokerage.com.
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About Ladenburg Thalmann
Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS, LTS PrA) is a publicly-traded diversified financial services company based in Miami, Florida. Ladenburg’s subsidiaries include industry-leading independent broker-dealer firms Securities America, Inc., Triad Advisors, Inc., Securities Service Network, Inc., Investacorp, Inc. and KMS Financial Services, Inc., as well as Premier Trust, Inc., Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management Inc., Highland Capital Brokerage, Inc., a leading independent life insurance brokerage company, and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., an investment bank which has been a member of the New York Stock Exchange for 135 years. The company is committed to investing in the growth of its subsidiaries while respecting and maintaining their individual business identities, cultures, and leadership. For more information, please visit www.ladenburg.com.