Financial planner in rare company

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Financial Planner Paul Clarkin of New England Financial is the 2005 recipient of the Fred E. Provenzano award, formerly known as the Distinguished Life Underwriters Award. Clarkin is the third New England Financial Employee to win the award since it was created in 1972.

Financial planner Paul Clarkin says it’s nice to be recognized for your hard work and leadership every once in a while.

Recognition came recently for Clarkin when he was named the 2005 recipient of the Fred E. Provenzano Award, a national award given for exemplary knowledge and practice in insurance underwriting.

For about 15 years, Clarkin has worked at New England Financial, an affiliate of MetLife that’s been in Colorado Springs for nearly 35 years. Clarkin is one of three employees to claim the award since it was created in 1972.

The Denver native has lived in Colorado Springs since 1985. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.

Clarkin recently took the time to tell CSBJ a little more about himself and New England Financial.

* A few words about your company: A strong organization focused on client needs coupled with a great history and the support and cutting-edge resources of its parent, MetLife.

* Recent accomplishments: I feel good about the rejuvenation of NAIFA and the leadership that is now in place to carry the organization forward. Other: Million Dollar Round Table, New England Financial Leaders Council, New England Securities Inner Circle

* Biggest career break: After several years in the business, I learned to be a good listener. Both my clients and I have benefited from that.

* The toughest part of your job: Paperwork and operating in an ever more constrictive regulatory and compliance environment.

* Someone you admire: John Stevens, retiring Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church

* About your family: Sherry, the love of my life and my wife of 43 years; son Mike with wife and two children in Tampa, Fla.; and daughter Susi with husband and three children in Helena, Mont.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: Get my golf handicap into the teens

* How your business will change in the next decade: Fewer and bigger players – mega financial service organizations coupled with a huge market of baby boomers who are the beneficiaries of the largest transfer of wealth in history.

* What book are you currently reading? “Rise to Rebellion” by Jeff Shaara, a wonderful historical novel about the Revolutionary War.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? Facilitate the construction of an efficient east/west traffic corridor through central Colorado Springs.

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