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Featured New York Life agent: Peter C. Goudeau Jr., Houston office.

Peter C. Goudeau Jr., CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, RICP, knew he made the right choice when he decided to join New York Life in 2002.

“When I signed my contract, I was looking for stability,” recalls the Houston-based agent. “I wanted to be in a situation where if I was doing my job correctly, I could count on the Company to do the right thing as well.” And New York Life has played its part. “Both New York Life and I have been there for my clients. The Company does what it says it will do,” he notes. “From its commitment to act prudently on behalf of its policyowners, to training its agents, it delivers.”

A former software training sales rep, who had also run his own real estate firm for more than 16 years, Goudeau is a natural entrepreneur who was looking for a company that would let him leverage his self-starter skills with ongoing support and training. “Being a New York Life agent is like having your own business with a world class organization behind you,” he says.

Training and products make the difference.

When he began to consider a financial services sales career, Peter interviewed with several companies. He ultimately selected New York Life for two reasons: quality of training and breadth of product offerings.

“The sales system here is time-tested. And I believe if you follow the Company’s system, you will be successful.” Additionally, Goudeau felt other companies did not have the same variety of products as New York Life. Today, Goudeau sells a vast array of products and services which enables him to offer his clients a customized and tailored approach to their needs. A President’s Council agent, Goudeau has a growing roster of more than 300 clients.

Flexibility and room to grow.

After years of working for himself, Peter was also attracted to the career’s compensation structure, which provides renewal commissions on sales. “It’s a hidden gem in this career. That steady stream of income gives you the ability to build a business and grow.”

Goudeau also enjoys the ability to make his own schedule. “Once you become established, you have complete control over your time, which is good, if you know how to manage it,” he says. A few summers ago, Goudeau used his time management skills to take time to travel with his son while he played summer baseball at various colleges and universities throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri. “With the use of today’s modern communication capabilities, I was able to keep in touch with my clients and keep my operation running smoothly,” he says. “There are so many reasons I really enjoy this career, ” he concludes. “I only wish I had discovered it a long time ago.”

Building a legacy.

As an Established agent, Goudeau recognized the importance of succession planning. “An added benefit of being a New York Life agent is not only helping your clients to build a legacy but being able to create a business will of your own,” Goudeau says. “From attending Council meetings and speaking with other Nylic agents, I knew I had to figure out a way to preserve my business after working so hard for years to build it,” Goudeau explains.

For Goudeau, it was fundamental for him to pass his business onto the next generation. “After I retire, my children can follow in my footsteps and keep my business going for the long haul. I am proud to say that my eldest son, Peter III, is in his third year as an agent.”

Why New York Life?

For over 170 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.

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