Larsen named top New York Life agent

Tony R. Larsen of Burwell, a life insurance agent for New York Life Insurance Co., has been named the 2018 top life insurance agent for the New York Life Nebraska General Office, which covers all of Nebraska and western Iowa.

Larsen’s name will also be listed on a Scroll of Honor that was recently placed in a time capsule buried in the cornerstone of New York Life’s home office in New York. The last time the cornerstone was opened was 1927.

He has been a New York Life agent for 16 years and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He took over the Burwell New York Life office his grandfather, Gerald L. Larsen, operated for 48 years. His office specializes in the use of life insurance in an estate plan to help farm and ranch families plan their estate to include their non-farm children.

Larsen and his wife, Catie, plan to visit the new home office cornerstone in New York later this summer.

Harris joins Gentle Dental Care

Dr. Ryan Harris has joined the Gentle Dental Care practice in Grand Island.

Harris received his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in Lincoln. He served as a teaching assistant in prosthodontics and studying implant dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Nebraska Dental Association and the Northwest Dental District Association.

Harris is a Grand Island native who graduated from Grand Island Senior High and received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Doane University. At that time he was a teaching assistant in anatomical sciences.

Gentle Dental Care is located at 1003 W. Third St. Appointments can be made by calling (308) 382-0110.

Murphy seeing patients at The Hearing Clinic

Dr. Anna Murphy, an audiologist, has joined The Hearing Clinic in Grand Island.

Murphy recently completed her doctor of audiology externship at the clinic in Grand Island. She will now be providing audiological services for all ages alongside Drs. Craig Foss and Kim Andresen.

Born and raised in Minnesota, she received both her undergraduate and doctor of audiology degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.

Murphy lives in Grand Island with her husband and son.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling (308) 384-2101. The clinic is located at 2421 W. Faidley Ave.

Skutnik receives RICP designation

Dave Skutnik, an accredited investment fiduciary with Charter Financial, has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional designation from The American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Professionals with this designation have completed a minimum of three college-level courses and passed a series of exams, as well as have three years experience, meet stringent ethics requirements and participate in continuing education.

Using the most current techniques, individuals with the RICP designation can provide expert advice on a broad range of retirement topics, including income needs and objectives, estate issues and other risks to retirement income planning, Social Security, health insurance and housing decisions, and income taxation.

Skutnik is in investment advisor representative at SagePoint Financial Inc., 211 W. Third St. in Grand Island. He can be reached at (308) 675-1881.

Graham completes Year 2 of School of Banking

Isaiah Graham, branch president of Homestead Bank in St. Paul, recently completed the 2018/2019 Advanced School of Banking. The second year session of this course was June 3-7 in Manhattan, Kan.

The Advanced School of Banking is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska bankers associations.

The primary teaching tool in Year 2 is a real world computer-generated bank management simulation program. During this weeklong project, students worked in teams of five as “banks,” making critical management decisions required to successfully operate a commercial bank. Graham was chosen by his peers to be a lead CEO for the class.

Graduation from this two-week school represents more than 60 hours of classroom study and 50 hours of independent study to complete banking research projects. This intense course is designed to assist bankers in developing operational and managerial skills to better serve the needs of their banks and their communities.

Graham lives in St. Paul with his wife, Emily, and their two sons.

McIntyre, Paulsen promoted by Archer Credit Union

Jason McIntyre has been promoted to assistant vice president and Heather Paulsen has been promoted to assistant vice president of operations for Archer Credit Union.

In McIntyre’s new role, he will direct the branch managers and assist in directing the lenders with activities in both the Dannebrog and St. Paul locations.

He has been with ACCU since 2015 as the Dannebrog branch manager and ag loan officer.

McIntyre’s family has been farming and ranching in central Nebraska for four generations. His wife, Kim, and their two children, Jackson and Taylor, are actively involved in the McIntyre ranching operation, which was established in 1879.

Paulsen will be based at the Archer office of ACCU and oversee the company’s day-to-day operations. She will focus on strategic planning and goal-setting, and direct the operations of the company in support of its goals. She and her team will report to the CFO and assist with projects to implement new products and services and processes.

She has 12 years of financial experience. During the last four years, working at ACCU, she has taken on increasing responsibilities, leading up to this promotion.

Paulsen is a St. Paul native and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a major in banking and finance. She and her husband, Jared, and their two children live in Palmer.

Obermier and Schultze hired by Lutz in G.I.

Alexa Obermier and Jarrett Schultze have joined the staff of Lutz, a Nebraska-based business solutions firm, as staff accountants at its Grand Island office.

Obermier and Schultze are responsible for the preparation of individual and business income tax returns and providing credibility to clients through financial reporting.

Obermier graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an emphasis in accounting.

Schultze is anticipating graduation from UNK in the winter of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an emphasis in accounting.

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