James J. Hill, III, CLU, president and managing partner of the Hill Financial Group LLC, and Strategic Planning Group, Penn Mutual’s career agency in Atlanta, has received the General Agents’ and Managers’ Association (GAMA) International Management Award at the Gold level. Cheryl D. Creuzot, president and chief executive officer of Wealth Development Strategies L.P. in Houston, Texas, received the GAMA International Management Award at the Gold level. P.Q. Le, sales manager of Hill Financial Group LLC and Strategic Planning Group, received the GAMA Frontline Award at the Bronze level.
Dedicated to promoting the professional development of managers in the insurance and financial services profession, GAMA recognizes the success of leaders or first-line managers of an agency or firm through its International Management Awards. This award acknowledges outstanding managers whose excellent leadership is demonstrated by the performance of the eight or more full-time agents, advisors or sales representatives under their supervision.
As managing partner, Hill’s main responsibilities include leading and developing the agency’s top producers and successful first- and second-line managers. Recognized for his talent and accomplishments, Hill received the Penn Mutual 2010 Career Agency System Award of Excellence and the Life and Annuity Premium Growth Award.
Prior to joining Penn Mutual in 2003, Hill led the Southern region of a national financial services company where he was responsible for coordinating compliance, training, and day-to-day operations of 25 offices across seven states. Throughout his career, he has attained experience in general management, agent production, recruiting, and training and compliance.
He has been a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table since 1981 and was inducted into the AXA Hall of Fame in 1989. In addition, he holds FINRA series 1, 7, 24, 26, 62 and 65 registrations, and is a registered representative of Hornor, Townsend, & Kent, Inc.
Hill earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Management and Economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Georgia University.
Creuzot holds FINRA series 24, 7 and 63 securities licenses as well as Group 1 Life and Health and Variable Insurance licenses. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Advisors in the country by Mutual Funds Magazine*, she has received several honors such as the March of Dimes for her community service, the 2001 Super Achiever Award by the Greater Houston YMCA, and the 2004 National Black MBA Leadership Empowerment Award among many others.
Creuzot is actively involved in numerous political, charitable and civic organizations and serves as Chair or Board member of the Trustee of the University of Houston Foundation, Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Audit Committee of Unity National Bank and many more.
She earned a Juris Doctorate degree and a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from the University of Houston Law Center.
Le joined Penn Mutual in 2009 with experience in sales management and business development. He works closely with the leadership team and with the agency’s managing partner to provide coaching and training while ensuring continual development for producers’ success.
Before joining the company, Le gained 26 years of experience as a financial advisor for two major financial services companies where he specialized in financial planning, wealth management, small business planning and estate planning, and also in the multicultural markets.
Le is currently a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and Society of Financial Services Professionals. He holds his FINRA series 7, 63, 65, 66, and 24 licenses. He is a registered representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services exclusively through Hornor, Townsend, & Kent, Inc.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Tennessee.