Management Team

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Robert Rice
Managing Partner

Robert was raised in San Diego, outside the gates of Camp Pendleton, in a town called Fallbrook.   His Father was a Colonel in the Marine Corps, and his Mother was a top Legal Professional.  He attended University of California, San Diego and graduated with a degree in Sociology and minor in Theoretical Economics.  After college, he followed his dream to travel and live around the World.  He finally settled down and moved to Florida with his family in 2011.

 Robert came to New York Life in the summer of 2014.  He excelled at his Career from the start, earning numerous awards, including the Life Foundation Award, and becoming New Org Agent of the Year in his first year.  He then entered into the first Partner Cohort Program in 2016.   Robert then collected several other achievements in this position, such as South Central Zone Award of Excellence, Partner Excellence Award, and Orlando Partner of the Year for 4 years running.  Robert feels fortunate enough to have worked with 8 talented Agents who have been promoted from his Unit, into New York Life Corporate Leadership roles, including 5 Partners.

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Antonella Guarneri, ALMI, ACS
Operations Manager, Field Service

Antonella is a Penn State alumna who studied Biobehavioral Health and Human Development and Family Studies. She began her career at New York Life as an agent in the Constitution General Office in 2012. After two years,

became the Recruiting Assistant for the Managing Partner and soon after that, in September of 2015, joined the Constitution Service Team serving both the Licensing/Contracting and New Business needs of the agency.

Though recently moving to New York, Antonella is a Philly suburb native and a tried and true Philadelphia sports fan. She rides her Peloton daily and enjoys hiking and kayaking especially in the summer and fall.

Antonella and her husband, Eric have baby girl named Sofia and their puppy, RIley.  When they're not hosting friends and family in their home, they enjoy spending weekends traveling in their camper!

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Gerard Mora
Senior Agency Standards Consultant 

Gerard is happy to become a part of the Hudson Valley General Office and their team. Gerard lives in Poughkeepsie NY and has lived in the Hudson Valley area the majority of his life. Gerard graduated from Penn State University in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Business. 

 Gerard started his career in the Financial Services Business with AXA Advisors in 2003 as an agent. He was promoted to Vice President in 2006 and managed a team of agents responsible for recruiting and development of his team. In 2007 he hurt his knee and decided to take a compliance role at Gilman and Ciocia in Poughkeepsie NY. At Gilman and Ciocia he worked his way up to Assistant Chief Compliance Officer and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm's compliance program. After Gilman and Ciocia was purchased by National Securities, Gerard was moved to a Regional Supervisor role and directly supervised the agents that were assigned to him. In September of 2016 Gerard started working with New York Life in the Home Office in Sleepy Hollow NY in the complaint review unit.

Gerard enjoys basketball, Jet Skiing, Motorcycling and most sports. He is married to his wonderful wife Megan for three years and has a beautiful cat Madison. 

Members of the Executive Council^ are among the most successful of New York Life's elite sales force of 12,000 licensed agents.

^Awarded by New York Life Insurance Company for outstanding sales achievements. Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1- June 30.

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John Romano
Development Manager