Paul Blanco, LUTCF
Paul Blanco’s advice for dealing with the inevitable changes life brings: “You can’t become complacent. If it’s not broken, break it!”
A graduate of St. Francis College, Paul entered the financial services industry with MetLife in 1991. He was encouraged by the unlimited income potential and the opportunity to lead people and run his own business. His goal is to become the number-one financial services /literacy firm in the world and helping people become financially secure.
Within two years after he joined MetLife, Paul was asked to become the Managing Director for the Trumbull, Connecticut office which had seven employees. Fifteen years later, Barnum Financial Group has grown to 36 offices in CT, NY, NJ, MA, RI, NH and NV, employing 438 people.
In 2003, Paul became the youngest inductee into the MetLife Manager’s Hall of Fame and in 2006, the youngest winner of its Top of the Tower. He has qualified for 17 consecutive Management Leaders Conferences and nine Chairman’s Council Conferences. He received MetLife’s Triskelion Award for outstanding management leadership in 2004 and 2007. Paul’s MetLife firm, Barnum Financial Group, has won the the company’s Firm of the Year Award five years in a row from 2004 to 2008.
Paul has contributed to GAMA’s Great Ideas book series and served on the GAMA Foundation’s board of trustees. He has qualified for the Master Agency Award and the International Management Diamond Plus and Diamond Awards. GAMA has named his firm one of the top 100 U.S. financial agencies multiple times.
As a manager, Paul’s style is visionary with a desire for success. In fact, he relies most on his vision to shepherd his team through difficult times. He values caring about one another, loyalty and maintaining a no-excuses, high-performance culture. He follows his parents’ advice: “Never give up and never plateau.”
A prominent philanthropist in his community, Paul encourages all of his employees to give back and get involved with community organizations. Paul’s dream is to have 100% of the firm give back to the community in some way. Firmwide projects have included the donation of 900 bikes to children in NY, CT and RI, adopted over 75 disadvantaged children providing them school supplies and clothing, sponsored and constructed a playground in Bridgeport, Connecticut and established a yearly essay contest in CT, NY and RI, entitled, “What the American Dream Means to Me”.
Paul was named Philanthropist of the Year in 2007 by the Fairfield County Remodelers and Home Building Associaton, inducted into the Connecticut Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. The Firm was awarded “Best Place to Work in Connecticut” by the Hartford Business Journal in 2006 and 2009, received the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, Business Growth of the Year Award , Westchester County Chabad Lubavitch Corporate Leadership Award and the Valley United Way, Community Impact Award.
Paul is a board member of the Shelton Boys & Girls Club. His passion for sports and youth in the community has inspired him to support a local football camp, little league team, adult softball team, Junior Achievement and the Make a Difference Day campaign.
In 2007, Paul and his wife, Mindee, started the Foundation for Life as a vehicle for BFG employees to provide financial support for charitable organizations. Since it’s creation, The Foundation for Life has raised $338,000 and has supported many local charities.
Paul and Mindee live in Shelton, Connecticut with their three children, Jennee, Sydnee and Paul. Paul enjoys weightlifting, coaching and community activities.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC), New York, NY 10166. Securities products and investment advisory services offered by MetLife Securities, Inc. (MSI) member FINRA/SIPC and a registered investment adviser, New York, NY 10166. MLIC and MSI are MetLife Companies. L0910132559[exp0911][CT,MA,NH,NJ,NY,RI]
About this Speaker
Paul Blanco, LUTCF
Business Strategy & Growth
Frontline Leader Development
Leadership & Culture
Performance Coaching & Mentoring
Recruiting & Selection
Sales & Marketing
Supervision & Accountability
- Master Agency Award
- International Management Award (Diamond Plus)
- LAMP Speaker
- GAMA Foundation Board of Trustees