Manuel Amezcua is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker, and executive in the financial planning, wealth management, and insurance industry. He currently serves as Firm President, CEO for MassMutual Great Lakes. MassMutual Great Lakes is one of the leading brands in helping to create financial security, stability and success on behalf of the individuals, business owners, and institutions it serves in the United States. Manuel is also the founder of the Podium Group - Risk Management and The Collective Financial Group, both growing national planning practices. The Podium Group - Risk Management has a concentrated focus on serving professional athletes, business owners, and executives. The Collective Financial Group is a community of highly empowered and accomplished women who have developed a strategy and platform to engage, mentor and empower women in our industry and those they serve as clients. Prior to March 2017, Manuel served as Managing Partner for MassMutual Chicago. Within Manuel’s two-year span serving and leading MassMutual Great Lakes, the firm has been recognized on‘Metro Detroit’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For’ list in 2018 and 2019 as well as Crain’s Detroit Business ‘Cool Places to Work in Michigan’ list in 2019.
Manuel was recognized in the 2019 Detroit 500 ‘Most Powerful Business Leaders in Metro Detroit’ by DBusiness Magazine, received the 2019 Huebner Service Award fromthe Society of Financial Services Professionals Detroit Chapter and MassMutual’s national Community Service Award in 2019 and 2015. Manuel has spoken at Litera Summit, ReKroot Webinars, MassMutual Academy, MassMutual’s National Marketing Summit, NAIFA Chicago’s Taste of MDRT, GAMA’s global LAMP conference, NAIFA Illinois’s annual conference, Mutual of Omaha, FutureSmart Challenge, FUND Conference, FWD Collective, Hoopis Performance Network’s Firm Foundations program, and various other tech start-up, sales and financial services programs. His talks focus on the power of having great vision, developing a unique brand, working intentionally from a plan, relentless hustle & executionand maintaining volcanic levels of grit to create amazing outcomes and your best year ever, every year.
At the forefront of Manuel’s personal life are his wife, Samantha, and two children, Ava and Atlas. They share a passion for community involvement and maintain a commitment to iF Charities (Israel Idonije Foundation) and NFL Alumni Association. Manuel serves on the Board of Governors at the Skyline Club, the Executive Committee for the Game on Cancer, & the DePauw Centers Co-Curricular Advisory Board. He served as Chair of the Melanoma Research Foundation’s Wings of Hope Gala (Chicago) in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has provided previous board service to NAIFA Chicago, POSSE Chicago’s Leadership Council, the Center for Economic Progress, and the Reilly C. Bush Foundation.
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Paul Davis is a former professional and college basketball player with a winner mindset, a competitive spirit and a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world. He serves as a partner and financial professional with The Podium Group – Risk Management, helping active and retired athletes, entertainers, c-suite executives, and business owners create long-term financial security, stability and success. Paul was promoted to partner in 2020 by The Podium Group’s founding partner Manuel Amezcua, President, CEO for MassMutual Great Lakes.
His basketball career started at Rochester High School, where Paul was ranked one of the top players in the nation and named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2002. He was recruited to Michigan State University by legendary coach Tom Izzo and was instrumental in leading MSU to the Elite Eight and Final Four during his college years. Paul went on to the NBA where he played for the L.A. Clippers and the Washington Wizards. He also played professional basketball overseas in Russia and Spain. He retired in 2016 after undergoing seven knee surgeries.
Paul grew up in Rochester, MI and is a graduate of Michigan State University. Locally, he serves on the board of Fleece & Thank You, which provides handmade fleece blankets to children staying overnight in Michigan hospitals, and heads the nonprofit organization’s development and fundraising efforts.
Adam Blitchok joined MassMutual Great Lakes in June of 2020 as Head of Executive Benefits and Workplace Education. In his role, Adam assists companies with providing essential workplace benefits, so that every employee is equipped with the financial tools and knowledge they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. A skillful communicator, Adam has a keen knack for breaking down complex information and delivering it in a down-to-earth way. At the heart of it all, he says, is creating a human connection built on clarity and trust. He is a committed educator and a lifelong learner, who strives to put people first.
Adam has a demonstrated history of cultivating knowledge and educating clients. Prior to joining MassMutual Great Lakes in June 2020, he served as Group Health Broker at a Michigan-based insurance brokerage firm. Before that, he held the role of major market sales executive at PayCor in Livonia.
Adam is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. He is a Sustainable Funding Committee Member at The Children's Center and is a Board Member at Streetwise Partners.
A native metro Detroiter, Adam grew up in Lake Orion and resides in Canton with his wife, Stacy, and their three young children. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, lifting weights and reading a good book.
Gina Coleman is a dynamic leader who serves as Chief Sales Officer at MassMutual Great Lakes. She leads the sales department's strategy and development initiatives to drive recruiting, sales training, financial professional recognition and retention. She is also an advisory board member for the firm's Collective Financial Group, an all-female financial services firm dedicated to serving the financial needs of women, while championing career opportunities for women in finance.
Gina has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, business, B2B, B2C sales and management roles. She is forward-thinking and successful at building relationships, cultivating partnerships, and driving brand awareness to advocate, committed to developing thought leaders within MassMutual Great Lakes. She previously worked in the banking industry, where she held the role of Senior VP, Client and Community Relations Director.
Gina is a graduate of Montclair State University and is licensed to offer life, health, disability, and long-term care insurance and fixed annuities in Michigan, Alabama, Washington DC, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Tennessee.
Outside of work, she serves on the board of directors of Beyond Basics, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Inforum, and Life Directions and is Vice-Chair of Junior Achievement of Southeast Michigan. In addition, Gina is a community advisory board member of Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak.
Michael Bauman is a registered representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services through MML Investors Services, LLC.
Sergey Solovyev is a registered representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services through MML Investors Services, LLC.
During his 12-year tenure in the NFL, he played with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and 8 years with the Chicago Bears, retiring as the second leading Tight End in Bears history for catches, yards, and touchdowns behind only Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Before entering into the NFL, Desmond set Wake Forest University receiving records and finished his college career as the all-time leading receiver in Atlantic Coast Conference history and a degree in communications. Since retiring from football, Desmond has blazed an impressive path as a financial advisor, inspirational speaker, and business coach. In his first year as a fulltime advisor with MassMutual Chicago, he finished top 5 in assets accumulated for 2017. Desmond is now leading his own companies, Desmond Clark Investment Group and The Insurance People. Through his work in the financial arena, Desmond is firmly dedicated helping people live better lives by making good financial decisions.
As a professional speaker, Desmond has spoken and consulted for companies, associations, and schools across the nation including Fortune 500 health care company Baxter, Chicago United, IL Diversity Council, BOMA-Building Owners, and Managers Association, Avon Farms Boarding school, First Institute Medical School, American Cancer Society, to name a few.
He has appeared on ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, WGN, ESPN, Comcast News Makers, and other network TV and radio stations as a thought leader, author, speaker, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and coach.
Desmond is the author of Before and Beyond the Game and was named 2012 Mentor of the Year by Congressman Danny Davis for his work in the Chicago and Polk County Florida Communities.
Desmond served as President of NFL Alumni Chicago for 3 years. Before stepping away, Desmond increased fundraising by 600%, formed relationships, provided financial support, and integrated player involvement with Ronald McDonald House, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, and Holiday Heroes. After leaving as President of NFL Alumni Desmond, started The Desmond Clark Foundation which helps under-served youth access resources to attend college and cancer patients without means of transportation receive transportation back and forth to medical facilities to receive the treatment they desperately need through American Cancer Society’s program Road to Recovery.
Desmond serves on the Illinois Board for the American Cancer Society and Party for a Cure.
Desmond graduated with a BA Degree in Communications from Wake Forest University in 2008.