Julian H. Good Jr., CLU, ChFC, of MetLife/Creative Financial Solutions, New Orleans, has been named president of The Million Dollar Round Table, the premiere association of financial professionals. He succeeds Guy E. Baker, MSFS, CLU, managing director of BTA Advisory Group, Irvine, Calif., who will complete his five-year term on the executive committee as immediate past president.
Good is leading the more than 30,000-member international association for a one-year term, which started Sept.1, 2010. For 27 years, Good has been a member of MDRT and has earned the association’s top honors of Court of the Table and Top of the Table.
“MDRT has been the most significant factor in shaping my professional success,” Good said. “I’m so proud to have the opportunity to give back to the other members by serving as president.
“In the coming year MDRT will continue to raise the bar by providing members around-the-clock access to unsurpassed networking and professional development opportunities that will help us all better serve our clients.
“An example of the important work we’re doing this year is the recent rollout of the MDRT Generational Financial Confidence Study, conducted by the Boomer Project. The study helps advisors and agents better understand the generational attitudes of clients in the current economy and better communicate with them.”
Good is a four-year member of the MDRT Executive Committee, which governs the organization, in addition to setting priorities for the year ahead. The 2010-2011 Executive Committee includes Good; Immediate Past President Guy E. Baker, MSFS, CLU, a 40-year MDRT member with 32 Top of the Table honors; First Vice President Jennifer A. Borislow, CLU, of Methuen, Mass., a 22-year MDRT member with one Court of the Table and 12 Top of the Table honors; Second Vice President D. Scott Brennan of South Bend, Ind., a 27-year MDRT member with seven Court of the Table and one Top of the Table honors; and Secretary Michelle L. Hoesly, CLU, ChFC, of Norfolk, Va., a 31-year MDRT member with three Court of the Table and seven Top of the Table honors.
“The Executive Committee’s first priority this year is to ensure we continue to lead by example and provide the relevant opportunities to members for growth,” Good explained. “We focus on each of our members as a whole person, providing them opportunities to build a balanced professional and personal life, engage in mentoring and give back to the global community.”
The recent accomplishments of the MDRT Foundation represent some of the work members are doing to give back through disaster-relief grants and other work. In fact, the MDRT Foundation recently presented $196,000 in grants to charities providing food and medical relief to disaster-stricken Haiti and Pakistan.
As a Diamond Knight and steward of the MDRT Foundation, Good has volunteered for various charity efforts on behalf of the organization. After Hurrican Katrina, Good helped construct a home in his native New Orleans during the 2006 MDRT Foundation and Habitat for Humanity home build. Recently, Good was involved in MDRT’s Million Meal Challenge at this year’s Annual Meeting in Vancouver, during which MDRT members packaged 1 million meals for children and families in impoverished communities worldwide.
Good began his career in 1982 with Mutual Benefit Life and joined MetLife in 1991. He is past president of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council and a member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting. He also is past president of the Greater New Orleans Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.
Founded in 1927, MDRT is an international, independent association, which reaches more than 31,500 members from 76 nations and territories.