NU Online News Service, Feb. 27, 10:55 a.m. – New York Life Insurance Company, New York, has hired Louis Gardner to be a vice president in the Leawood, Kan., brokerage office. Gardner will be responsible for retail sales.

Gardner previously helped manage distribution of variable life insurance for Pacific Life Insurance Company, Newport Beach, Calif.

Gardner has also distributed variable universal life insurance for Nationwide Financial Services Inc., Columbus, and he has worked for two years as a personal financial planner with American Express Financial Services Inc., a unit of the American Express Company, New York.

Gardner has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter professional designation.