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Toby Bishop

Managing Partner

Toby is the Managing Partner for New York Life's award winning Minnesota General Office. As Managing Partner he oversees the operation and activities, with over 100 agents throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Toby started his career with New York Life as an agent in the Central California General Office in 1991. He was promoted to Training Supervisor in 1995, and a Partner in 2001. In October of 2006, Toby became the Managing Partner for New York Life in North Dakota and promoted to the Minnesota General Office in 2010.

The office has an incredible tradition of success with 40 agents with over 20 years of experience, and with the current management structure in place, the office is primed to have an increase never achieved in the past. “The opportunities for management have never been better.” Toby is looking to promote additional partners in the next 3 years. “For individuals looking for a career in developing others in a team environment, there is no better path.” Toby is passionate about helping candidates achieve that level of success when the individual has the skill sets to match the opportunity.

Toby is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a degree in Business Finance. He is married to Kristi and they reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. They have three children, Lindsey, Jordan and Nathan.

Phone: (952) 897-5029

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Drew Sweetman

Senior Partner

Drew Sweetman, Senior Partner, was born and raised in South Dakota, where he learned to be a leader and team player on the high school basketball, tennis, and golf teams. In 2002, he attended the University of Minnesota where he studied economics and finance. In 2006, Drew began his career in finance at a small financial planning firm called the North Oaks Group. In 2009, he transitioned to New York Life as a financial services professional where he worked with families regarding their insurance and investments.

After joining New York Life in 2009, Drew excelled to qualify for Executive Council in his first year and began the transition to becoming a partner at the Minnesota General Office. In 2011, Drew met all of the New York Life management requirements and became one of the youngest people to be promoted to Partner at New York Life. In his first year as a Partner, Drew qualified for Gathering of Eagles with the #2 team in the West Central Zone. After four years of hard work and dedication as a Partner, Drew has now been promoted to Senior Partner effective September, 2015.

Drew currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife Catherine and their dog Zelda.

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R. Keith Ryan, CLF®, LUTCF

Senior Partner

Keith Ryan began his professional career with New York Life in 2003 out of the North Dakota General Office. In his first year, he won all three of the Life Foundation series awards including the prestigious Life Foundation award. He also qualified for Executive Council in his first two years. He set the General Office Millennium record for most paid cases in their first contract year while leading the North Dakota General Office in paid cases. In 2006, he was promoted to Partner and was in charge of building western North Dakota out of the newly opened sales office. In 2010, Keith was promoted to Managing Partner of the New York Life Reno General Office. In Reno, Keith had the distinguished opportunity to serve on the Managing Partner’s Advisory Council (MPAC). In 2014, the Reno General Office qualified for “The View from the Top.” Keith was promoted to Managing Partner of the Tucson General Office in 2015. Keith came back to the Midwest in 2016 to finish raising his family and to work with long time mentor Toby Bishop.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems Management from Minot State University. Keith played hockey at Minot State and also enjoys softball, golf, hunting and fishing. His designations include the CLF®, LUTCF. Keith is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Missy. Together they have three children Morgan, Gabrielle, Elijah and Mae their German Shorthair dog.

Phone: (952) 897-5049

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Chad Rusten, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL, CLTC, FIC

Partner

Chad Rusten joined New York Life in 2014 as a Partner after spending 10 years with Thrivent Financial where he was a Regional Vice President of Insurance Products and most recently a Partner leading the Northwest Twin Cities. Chad has a degree in Financial Management from the University of North Dakota and is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) and Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC). Chad's passion is making a positive difference in the lives of others and this role allows him to do just that.

Chad and his wife Nattalie currently live in Minnetonka with their two children, Ava and Quinn.

Phone: (507) 208-9601

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Jeff Engebose, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, CASL

Partner

Jeff grew up in Wisonsin, and started in the financial services industry 18 years ago, while wrapping up his economics degree at the University of Wisconsin. Jeff spent eight years as an advisor, earning multiple designations including the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and the Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL). He moved from managing his own personal advisory practice to leading teams of advisors, including starting teams in Texas, Arizona and the last six years in Southern Minnesota.

Jeff lives in Byron, MN with his wife, Carrie, and their three children. Jeff serves on the board of directors for Heart of a Warrior Ministires, is a co-leader of a chapter of All Pro Dads in Byron, as well as leading in the men's ministry at his church.

Phone: (952) 563-9872

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Scott Kottke, CLF®

Partner

Scott Kottke current serves as a partner and brought a vast amount of financial services experience with him when he came to New York Life in 2016. After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Finance in 1998, he started his successful financial services career as an advisor. First, as a Stock Broker with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and then as an Investment Specialist with TCF Bank. While at TCF Investments he was named the #1 Investment Specialist in Minnesota in 2005. In 2006, Scott left TCF to pursue a career on the management side of the industry with Thrivent Financial. As a manager, one of Scott's strengths is his ability to coach new advisors on client acquisition strategies; in 2012 he finished as the #1 Partner in the country for new client growth. After spending 10 years at Thrivent Financial, Scott joined New York Life to help build out the Northwest Metro and Central Minnesota regions.

Phone: (952) 897-5080

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Luke Vanzo

Partner

Luke Vanzo, Partner, joined the Minnesota General Office after spending two years as a Regional Variable Life and Investment Product Consultant.

Prior to that, Luke was a successful Partner in the Michigan General Office where he spent five years recruiting and building a top 50 agent producer group.

Before coming to New York Life in 2008, he spent six years as a top producer with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Luke is married with 3 boys. He earned his Business degree and played Men's Volleyball at Michigan State University.

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.