WELLESLEY HILLS-- Sun Life Financial announced today that its U.S. Group Insurance Division has reorganized its distribution organization into six regions, a new structure necessitated by the rapid expansion of its division and the commitment to provide local service to brokers and customers. To lead operations in these new regions, Sun Life Financial has named four new regional vice presidents (RVPs), to serve alongside two existing RVPs. All six of the RVPs report to Drew Niziak, Vice President, Distribution.

"We provide valuable group benefit services to brokers and customers in every state of the country," said Mr. Niziak. "Organizing our sales and service locations into smaller regions, under expert leadership, will help us better serve our brokers and customers by giving them even more focused attention."

Chris Quinn will remain RVP of the Northeast Region, while Timothy Staggs will remain RVP of the Southeast Region. Based at Sun Life Financial's U.S. home office in Wellesley Hills, MA, Mr. Quinn is responsible for operations in New England, New York and Baltimore. Based in the Atlanta Sales Office, Mr. Staggs is responsible for operations in Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Tampa. The four new regions and regional vice presidents are as follows:

Mike Joyce will lead the new North Central Region. Based in the Philadelphia Sales Office, Mr. Joyce is also responsible for operations in Cleveland and Detroit. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Mr. Joyce joined Sun Life Financial as a sales representative in the Philadelphia Sales Office after receiving his BS in human resources in May 1991. Mr. Joyce became a senior sales representative in 1995 and was then promoted to manager of the Philadelphia Sales Office in 1997, where he has served for the past seven years

Alan Tunkel will lead the new Midwest region. Based in the Chicago Sales Office, Mr. Tunkel is also responsible for operations in Des Moines and Minneapolis. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Tunkel joined Sun Life Financial in 1970 as a sales representative in the Chicago Sales Office. He became the manager of that office in 1975. Mr. Tunkel is also a member of the LIMRA marketing committee.

Michael Hoefler will lead the new Southwest region. Based in the Dallas Sales Office, Mr. Hoefler is also responsible for operations in Houston, Phoenix and Orange County, CA. A graduate of University of Massachusettes at Amherst with a BS in Economics, Mr. Hoefler joined Sun Life Financial in 1989 as a group underwriter. In 1992, he became a sales representative and was then promoted to sales manager in the Seattle Sales Office where he served until 2000. For the last four years, he's been the sales manager in the Dallas Sales Office.

Paul Danielson will lead the new Northwest region. Based in the Seattle Group Office, Mr. Danielson is also responsible for operations in San Francisco and Denver. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a BS in telecommunications, Mr. Danielson joined Sun Life Financial in 1988 as a group representative in the Houston Group Office and became Sales Manager there in 1992. For the last five years, he's been the sales manager of the Charlotte Group Office.

Source: Sun Life Financial

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