Featured New York Life Manager: Maurice Springer
CVP Management Development, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Born and raised in Barbados, Maurice Springer came to the United States for school in 1992. By 1998, he was teaching political science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, when an acquaintance introduced him to a manager in the local office of New York Life. Though he knew almost nothing about the insurance business, Maurice was intrigued by what he learned about the company’s opportunities for advancement. “What attracted me most was the idea of having a structured program and path,” he says. “If I did X, I was rewarded with Y. It was pretty clear what my career path could be and the options that lay ahead.”
During his time as an Agent, Maurice received nine New Org Agent of the Month awards and the New Org Life Leader trophy. He was also a two-time executive Council member and a Life All-Star producer. Within two years, he was promoted to partner and, in 2004, relocated to New York as a Sales Development Manager in the Manhattan General Office. The following year he was promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Management Development Division of U.S. Life Insurance and Agency. In this capacity he is responsible for curriculum development and execution of the Company’s Management Development Leadership programs.
The big picture
“From day one it was my goal to move to management and ultimately join the Home Office team. For me, when it came to both personal and professional growth, the programs that New York Life has in place are priceless. And yet your development is not just limited to what the Company offers. Through industry involvement in organizations, conferences and career development forums, you get to look at the whole big insurance and investment industry picture.” From this avantage point, it is easy to see how well New York Life leads the industry on so many levels, including Agent and management training.
An ideal career
“I tell people that there are really only three things it takes to be successful at New York Life, and with them you’ll find it’s the ideal career. Number One, you have to be coachable. I walked into the business not knowing much about it and throw out any preconceived notions. Just throw it out and be willing to listen to what people who have been here before you have to say. Number Two, you’ve got to have a good work ethic, to initially put out the effort that is needed. And Number Three, you”ve got to be disciplined, to get up and do the things that need to be done when no one else wants to do them. Those are the only three things you need.”
Why New York Life?
For over 168 years, New York Life has provided financial security to families and businesses, and supports the success of its employees. New York Life offers an innovative workplace.
In fact, New York Life was recognized by Working Mother Magazine as a 2012 Best Company for Multicultural Women and named by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) to the 2012 NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women list. The company also earned Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2013 Diversity Leader Award and has been named a “Top Company for LGBT Equality” by Work Life Matters magazine for 2012.
To learn more about what New York Life can do for your career, visit www.newyorklife.com/africanamericancareers.