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Top 40: Emily Montgomery

Becoming a life insurance saleswoman wasn’t exactly what Emily Montgomery had in mind when she graduated with a degree in marketing from Delta State University.

In fact, when she exited the Mississippi Delta with sheepskin in hand, Montgomery became the advertising and sales manager for Rainbow Hotel & Casino and later an account executive with Jackson television station WDBD-TV Fox 40.

Designing marketing and advertising campaigns for clients fit her interests but Montgomery felt something was missing from her career path.

She found her niche at New York Life Insurance.

“I never thought I’d be in the financial services industry but I saw the potential this company offered,” Montgomery said. “Deciding to leave a salaried position was a very difficult decision, but I knew that if I could pull this off, the opportunity could change my life.”

It certainly did.

After three years of growing her insurance practice as a New York Life agent, the Starkville native accepted a job as the Jackson office’s sales development manager last year.

In Montgomery’s current role, she provides orientation for new hires and offers specialized training programs multiple levels of agents and financial planners.

She is most pleased with the progress of her career at a Fortune 100 company.

“I worked so hard to grow my practice in such a short period of time,” Montgomery said. “New York Life is an amazing company to work for and I am honored to be a part of the team in Jackson.”

Michael Ryan has worked with Montgomery for the past five years. He says her unique ability to motivate and bring people together is admired by many.

“Emily has been a great asset to New York Life and in the community, and always puts others ahead of herself to help them succeed,” said. “She’s devoted her time to many charitable causes such as the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association and Sunnybrook Children’s Home. I have a tremendous amount of respect for her, both personally and professionally.”

Leading by example, Montgomery says, may be her biggest strength.

“I never ask someone to do something I wouldn’t do myself,” she said. “I’ve been told I have a ‘helping heart.’ I genuinely love people and want to do for others.”

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