Our Team

ED NEMEC

Managing Partner

Call: (301) 581-4100

Email: ejnemec@ft.newyorklife.com

Ed has been with New York Life since 2002, and in the financial services industry since 1992. Ed stared his career as a fee-based financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise), was quickly promoted into management, and eventually became a Field Vice President. After joining the Greater Washington General Office of New York Life in 2002, he won the National Recruiter award in 2003, and was the #1 ranked Partner in the country in total unit production at the time he was promoted to Senior Partner in 2005. He was then promoted to the position of Managing Partner of the Baltimore General Office- and during his time in Baltimore (2006-2016), he grew the G.O. from 94th to 32nd in total production.  He was then promoted in 2016 to be the Managing Partner of the Greater Washington General Office, one the largest and most influential G.O.'s in the entire company.

Ed is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), is a Board Member on the Babe Ruth Foundation and Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore, served on New York Life Managing Partners Advisory Council (MPAC) in 2010-11 as Vice Chairman, and in 2015-16 as President- and also serves on the Community Impact Grant Committee of the New York Life Foundation.

Ed attended the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He has also earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL®) professional designations.

Ed is an avid sports fan (Orioles and Ravens season ticket holder), coaches his sons' baseball and basketball teams, and he and his wife Paulina (a New York Life Council Agent) reside in Woodstock, MD. with their two sons (ages 10 and 7).

 

ARIEL RODRIGUEZ-MERCADO

Senior Partner

Call: (301) 366-2357

Email: arodriguez07@ft.newyorklife.com

Ariel Rodriguez Mercado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After retiring from a professional volleyball career of sixteen years he and his family moved to Maryland in 2010 where he began his career in insurance. Ariel joined the New York Life Family in 2013 as a recruiter for the Hispanic Market. He quickly established himself as a strong team leader with an unique ability to recognize and build a successful team of agents.  Ariel's hard work, determination, high ethical standards and genuine concern for all those he works with and meets is just a few of the reasons for his success.  Ariel is currently a Partner in the Greater Washington office and is building a strong team of entrepreneurial individuals who are looking for a successful future within New York Life.

 

Ariel and his wife Anissa have three daughters and currently live in Frederick,MD.

 

SATCHIE CARVOUNIS 

Partner

Call: (301) 356-8989

Email: scarvounis@ft.newyorklife.com

Satchie Carvounis, a graduate of Emory University, joined the Greater Washington Office in April of 2013.  She has 18 years of experience in sales management and training and in a prior sales management position, developed a sales force of 90 people and earned 18 sales awards. In another prior sales position, Satchie was the Client Service Specialist and then Regional Manager of a full-service self-directed IRA administrator.  What she liked most about her job was educating prospective clients about the benefits of self-directing their retirement investments.  As a Regional Manager, she was a speaker on financial topics, specifically on real estate investing, in the National Real Estate Investor Associations and RE investor clubs in MD, DC, VA, WV, NJ, TX, LA, CA and HI, as well as the Financial Planners of NY in Manhattan.  She has been a commercial real estate investor since 2006.

 

When the opportunity arose with New York Life, Satchie knew her past sales management and training, as well as her experience as a speaker on financial topics around the country, would be a perfect match with the training, culture and reputation of New York Life.  She has earned two Executive Councils and Annuity Elite with New York Life.  The best part of her job is the deep satisfaction she gets from attracting high caliber individuals and providing them with mentorship and leadership to develop them into strong, successful Financial Service Professionals.  Satchie is married and lives with her husband, three parrots and their dog in Montgomery County.  They have two grown daughters and a granddaughter and enjoy the mountains and the beach, travelling to the Caribbean, baseball, and cooking together.

 

AL JOHNSON

Partner

Call: (301) 214-6776

Email: ajohnson2@ft.newyorklife.com

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Al Johnson began his career with New York Life in 2009 after a long career in the Luxury Automobile Industry.  That year Al got off to a fast start being named “Rookie of the Year” in the Greater Washington office.

He also won Career Life Success, Career Life Producer Awards, and achieved Executive Council his first full year in the business. During his time as a producer Al also became an Investment Advisor Representative with Eagle Strategies and qualified for MDRT (Million Dollar Roundtable) multiple times. 

Al is proud, and extremely grateful for the opportunity to help people grow personally, and professionally.

Backed by New York Life, a 170 plus year old, Fortune 100 company, Al's continued mission is to introduce talented individuals from all walks of life to the wonderful career of financial services.

As a Partner, Al has hired a group of extremely talented, hardworking and passionate individuals known as “Team Elevate”.  

Says Al, “Joining New York Life in 2009 was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only did I grow as a businessperson, but it enabled me to change my life. I was able to take control of my schedule, take control of my income, and design life on my terms, all while helping people, and building a business that is lasting.”

Al resides in Laurel, MD with his wife Sailis and son Clarkson.  When not working, he can be found spending time with his family, or on the golf course.

 

ROSANI HERNANDEZ-MADRID

Partner

Call: (301) 214-6767

Email: rhernandezma@ft.newyorklife.com

Rosani Hernandez was born and raised in El Salvador. She was part of the National Gymnastics Team where she learned discipline and hard work at a very young age. In June 2008, while attending college, her and her family had to immigrate to the United States looking for better opportunities.

In May 2015, after seven years of working full time and studying part time, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from George Mason University.  During that time, she was a Branch Manager for a lending company where she stayed for four years.

In March 2017, she started her agent career with New York Life. She helped 85 families with their financial planning placing $19M in life insurance face amount for that year. In April 2018, she was promoted into management and became the first Latina Associate Partner in the Greater Washington office. As an Associate Partner her vision is to offer a career opportunity to change people's lives through integrity, work ethic and growth opportunity. Her mission is to provide financial security and peace of mind to the community. Her passion is to empower others to become a better version of themselves.

She is part of the 2018 Leadership Prince William Class.  Servant leadership is the motto she lives by and giving back to the community is what she enjoys the most.

 

MICHAEL HARTZELL

Partner

Call: (410) 740-47136

Email: mhartzell@ft.newyorklife.com

Michael D. Hartzell joined New York Life as a Partner in November of 2018.  He came to NYL with 16 years of industry experience; including 12 years of financial management experience.  Michael brings a wealth of experience in both personal and business markets, as well as the development of strategic alliances with banks, credit unions, CPA's, and other financial professionals. 

 

Michael attended the University of Maryland where he majored in engineering.  He currently resides in Carroll County Maryland with his wife and three children.  He also serves on the board of Last Changing in Hagerstown, MD and is in an officer in the American Legion Rider, Post 116 MD.

 

DOMINIQUE DUONG, CLU®, LUTCF®

Senior Director of Development

Call: (301) 214-6696

Email: qdduong@ft.newyorklife.com

Dominique joined New York Life's Greater Detroit Office in 2008 as an agent. Before transitioning into management, she qualified for the Life Career Success Award, Life Career Producer Award, Council in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and was a Life All Star. Her involvement in numerous nonprofit and community organizations has driven her passion for this business. In the fall of 2011, Dominique joined the management team in Roanoke as an Associate Sales Development Manager. Since then, Dominique also had the opportunity to assist in training and development in Greater Atlanta, Orlando, Columbus, Greater Detroit, Charlotte and Savannah.

Dominique joined in the Greater Washington team in 2013 and is currently a Senior Sales Development Manager in the Greater Washington General Office. Some of her responsibilities include partner development new org development, implementing NYLIC University, case development with new and established agents, marketing and retention.

Dominique currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and son, Hudson.

 

KAMERON BRYANT 

Development Manager

Call: (301) 214-6694 

Email: kbryant01@ft.newyorklife.com

Kameron Bryant began his career at New York Life in August of 2016. He is a two time council agent out of the Charlotte General Office. He joined the Greater Washington management team in October of 2018. 

Kameron graduated from Appalachian State University. During his time at App State he was the quarterback of the football team, a member of Walker Fellows, and a member of the Risk Management and Insurance Chapter. He went on to pursue his Master's in Business Administration at Campbell University while playing football and working in the Financial Aid office. 

Kameron now lives in DC. In his spare time, Kameron enjoys spending time with his family and friends, near and far, playing pick-up basketball, and watching the Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers. Besides his passion for sports, Kameron loves chicken wings and working out, especially at Orangetheory Fitness. 

 

MATTHEW D. STEWART, FLMI, ACS, AIRC 

Corporate Vice President, Service Leader

Call: (301) 214-6767 

Email: mdstewart@ft.newyorklife.com

Matthew Stewart began his New York Life career in 2004 in the Service Leader Training Program at the Charleston General Office and then completed the program in the Jacksonville General Office.  In early 2007, Matt was appointed as the Director of Operations at the Greater South Carolina (Charleston) General Office for 11 years.

Matt graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing.  He was a member of the Gamecock Football Team and held various officer positions in a fraternity.  Matt has achieved FLMI, ACS, and AIRC designations from LOMA and is currently enrolled in CLU® courses through the American College.

In February of 2018, Matt was promoted to Corporate Vice President, Service Leader and joined the Greater Washington General Office. He and his Golden Retriever, Bauer, live in Rockville, MD and enjoy running and swimming.

 

LAURA LANGUIDEY FARINAS, MBA

Latino Market Manager

Call: (301) 214-6685 

Email: lilangui@newyorklife.com 

As the Latino Market Manager for the New York Life Greater Washington Office, Laura Languidey is responsible for attracting and hiring top sales talent to serve the financial needs of the Latino community within the DC metro area. She was born and raised in Bolivia and has lived in America for ten years.

Laura started at New York Life as a Financial Representative serving the Latino community in the D.C. area making Executive Council in her first year as an agent. After one year of finding success as financial representative, she was promoted to the Greater Washington Latino Market Manager.

Laura is an Alum of Metropolitana University and holds her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in business managements. She is married with two boys and loves volunteering for her church as well as local Latino community efforts.

 

SCOTT POTOMA, JD

Senior Agency Standards Consultant

Call: (301) 214-6710

Email: sjpotoma@ft.newyorklife.com

Scott Potoma is the Senior Agency Standards Consultant in charge of standards and supervision for the Greater Washington General Office.

Scott joined New York Life in September of 2003 from his prior firm with 10 years of  industry experience.  He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 65, 66 and 24 licenses.

Scott has a Bachelors degree from Salisbury (MD) University and a Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University.

Scott currently resides in Columbia, MD. He enjoys spending his down time attending his children's lacrosse and field hockey games, reading, gardening and cooking.

 

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