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Steven Perry

Managing Partner

Steven Perry started his career with New York Life Alaska in 2006, at age 20, under a college intern contract. Prior to New York Life, Steven owned and operated Perry Pavement Services, a local asphalt maintenance company, for 4 years. He received his BBA in Finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2007. His senior year of college, he was the number one intern agent in the company. Steven worked as a Financial Services Professional through 2011 qualifying for Executive Council in 2009 and 2010 and Million Dollar Round Table once in 2010.

In March 2011, Steven was promoted to Partner in the Alaska General Office.  He was promoted to Senior Partner in September 2014, which made him the youngest in the company at the time. In his first year as a Senior Partner, he qualified for the Partners’ Round Table, a select group of Managing Partners and Senior Partners who lead the company in core production categories.

In April 2016, Steven was promoted to Managing Partner of the West Texas General Office, in Lubbock, TX.  During his 2 ½ year tenure there, they captured 18 national trophies, including a record 9 in 2017.  They also grew from a Group 4 to a Group 2 office and nearly doubling their manpower and production.

Steven and his wife, Tabatha, have two beautiful daughters, Lily, who was born July 2014, and Liberty who was born in November 2016. Tabatha has her Master’s Degree in Social Work, and currently works in their home raising the girls, after a successful career in child welfare and corrections.  Steven and Tabatha enjoy entertaining at their home and are actively involved in their church.  Steven thoroughly enjoys his career and truly counts it a blessing from God that he gets to work every day with his agents helping them grow successful businesses for themselves and their families.

Phone: (651) 380-7606

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Tom Graff, CLF®

Partner

Tom Graff joined New York Life in 2015 as an agent after spending 10 years with Thrivent Financial. After joining New York Life, Tom became TEA (Temporary Expense Allowance) Established Agent of the year in 2016 and Million Dollar Round Table in 2016.  He has become a Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP).  Tom was promoted to Partner in 2018. 

Tom and his wife, Lola have 8 children and live in Red Wing, MN.

Phone: (952) 897-5044

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Corrie Haux

Senior Sales Development Manager

Corrie is married to Michelle and they have two wonderful children, Alayna and Gregory. Corrie started his career with New York Life in July of 2000 as an agent after working the previous five years in the field of charitable giving. As an agent he achieved Executive Council during his second year which opened the door to management with New York Life. Corrie has been the Sales Development Manager since 2002 and is responsible for training of our new agents and for facilitating advanced business and estate planning for our General Office. In addition to his duties here in the Minnesota General Office, he is one of a handful of development managers in our Company that has been selected to teach annually at our national training center in Dallas, TX for our Career Development Conferences.

"One of the greatest rewards I have found in this career is the ability to help shape and guide our agents' careers. During my tenure I have seen agents progress on to bigger and better goals in their New York Life careers. Many have achieved various Council levels, Million Dollar Round Table membership, two have gone on to become a Managing Partner in other New York Life General Office, four are currently Partners in the ND General Office and one has become Sales Development Manager in another New York Life General Office. It has been a pleasure for me to help these individuals attain thier goals."

Phone: (952) 897-5004

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Mark Copier

Senior Agency Standards Consultant

Mark Copier started with New York Life in 2012 as an agent out of the Inland Empire General Office in Riverside, California. Prior to New York Life, Mark served in sales and management positions in the mining, manufacturing, and building materials industries. He has a Bachelor's in Business Management from Utah Valley University, and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four children; Ashley (9), Tyler (6), Olivia (3), and Hannah (1). Growing up in Utah, most of Mark's youth was spent enjoying the great outdoors from the back of his horses. Riding and training horses is a hobby he still enjoys as often as he can. He is extremely excited to be joining the Minnesota General Office family as an ASC.

Phone: (952) 897-5055

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Michael Cheslek

Administrative Manager

Michael was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI where he later attended Ferris State University and earned his Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with minors in Mathematics and Science. He worked as a middle school math and science teacher for eight years in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2013 Michael moved to Albuquerque, NM to begin his career with New York Life as an Associate Administrative Manager. Upon completion of his training in 2014, he transitioned into the Administrative Manager role in the Minnesota General Office.