Joseph D. LoPresti
Derrek is a Managing Sales Director for Barnum Financial Group, an Office of MetLife, who currently manages the Stamford, Connecticut office. With over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry, his areas of focus are coaching elite advisor teams, training on financial planning, and specializing in wealth preservation and estate strategies. As a cum laude graduate of Bucknell University, Derrek earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and currently holds his Series 4, 7, 24, 51 and 66 securities licenses. While originally from farm country located in central Illinois, Derrek currently lives in the Silvermine neighborhood of New Canaan, CT with his wife Polly, who teaches in Darien, CT, and their two sons Jack and Grant. As avid skiers, the whole family actively enjoys chasing powder, but sailing, tennis, and traveling are also passions. Derrek is also a part of the New Canaan Land Trust, Fairfield Country Financial Planning Association, Silvermine Community Association, Kiwanis Club, and the Foundation for Life.
Allocation Committee Chair
Communication Committee Co-Chairs
Lynn Waldvogel & Ian Querze
Fundraising Committee Chair
A multi-faceted leader, Amelia Nathanson has served in a variety of roles since joining Barnum Financial Group, an office of Metlife, in 2010. Today, she is part of the firm’s Training and Development team as well as conducting sales development programs for advisors at all levels of experience. She also manages the firm’s two summer internship programs,. Amelia is a Kolbe Certified Consultant and co-led the rollout of the Kolbe System™ throughout Barnum to help the organization better select and maximize talent and build and manage more effective teams. Her energy and dedication to all of the efforts she is involved in resulted in her being named the Barnum Financial Group Associate of the Year in 2012. She is a noted resource on professional development and maximizing employee talent and has been featured in HR Magazine and GAMA Journal. A graduate of St. John’s University in New York, Amelia earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and masters of business administration degree in business management and finance. Amelia lives in Plantsville, Connecticut with her husband Mike. She volunteers in a number of organizations that promote education and regularly conducts workshops at colleges on interviewing and resume writing skills.
Ben Howarth is a Financial Services Representative and Financial Advisor with Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife. Ben provides knowledge and value to his clients while exemplifying the utmost standards of professionalism and integrity. One of his areas of expertise is working with families that have a dependent with special needs. Ben received his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in finance and a double minor in Communications and Legal Studies from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He is a resident of Griswold, CT and enjoys spending his free time with family and friends. He is a member of several industry associations including Million Dollar Round Table (Quarter of the Table), the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and has earned his Certified Advisor for Senior Living designation.
Danielle Giordano Plotkin