Alum Kevin P. McAvoy ’81 was recently one of only 33 honorees from Connecticut named a 2008 MS Corporate Achiever. McAvoy is a Certified Financial Planner in Shelton, Conn. and works with families with special needs. The award was announced in Norwalk Plus magazine recently.
According to the article, “Established by the Connecticut Chapter in 2000, MS Corporate Achievers is a recognition program honoring some of Connecticut’s most influential leaders … . Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by an advisory council board for making outstanding contributions to business, civic and cultural enrichment.”
McAvoy is quoted as saying, “MS is a disease that does not discriminate. It is even more threatening when it impacts the caregiver for someone who cannot care for themselves. I have always been struck by the inner strength of the people who face these challenges daily.”
While at Hobart, he played lacrosse and football. McAvoy graduated with a B.A. in philosophy.
More information about his career and his being named an MS Corporate Achiever follows in the text of the Norwalk Plus article.
Sherman resident named 2008 MS Corporate Achiever
Jan 7, 2009
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter has named Kevin P. McAvoy, a Certified Financial Planner with The Barnum Financial Group: An Office of MetLife, a 2008 MS Corporate Achiever. McAvoy is one of 33 honorees across Connecticut and one of only six business leaders honored from Fairfield County.
“MS is a disease that does not discriminate,” said McAvoy, who works from the company’s Shelton office. “It is even more threatening when it impacts the caregiver for someone who cannot care for themselves. I have always been struck by the inner strength of the people who face these challenges daily.”
Sherman resident McAvoy has spent the past decade as a financial planner for families with members that have special needs.
McAvoy started at MetLife in 1982 and is certified as a financial planner by the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards. McAvoy has earned his Chartered Life Underwriter designation and Life Underwriter’s Training Council Fellow. Additionally, he is a perennial member of the Advanced Property and Casualty Council.
In 1998, McAvoy became a speaker for MetLife’s Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids. His role as speaker led to his appointment on the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network’s Investment Executive Board and the Autism Spectrum Research Center’s Employment Council.
McAvoy has given charitable workshops for special needs communities in Connecticut and New York and has been a keynote speaker for the Turner’s Syndrome National Conference.
McAvoy partners with his wife Renee, who serves as his business partner, and son Brendhan, who serves as his junior partner.
Prior to his financial planning career, McAvoy graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.
The Barnum Financial Group, which has 21 offices in Connecticut, has become a resource for both non-profit and corporate business clients through extensive professional partnering.
McAvoy can also be heard on radio in Bridgeport as the host for WICC 600 AM’s Smart Money Radio. The show focuses on complex planning issues as McAvoy helps listeners with their own personal finances.
“In my business life, it’s said that you are to be judged by the size of the problems that you can solve,” said McAvoy.
Multiple sclerosis is a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there currently is no cure.
Established by the Connecticut Chapter in 2000, MS Corporate Achievers is a recognition program honoring some of Connecticut’s most influential leaders while at the same time raising critically needed funds to ensure ongoing scientific research and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to Connecticut residents diagnosed with MS. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by an advisory council board for making outstanding contributions to business, civic and cultural enrichment.
Through participation, honorees join an elite leadership network sharing a commitment to making Connecticut a better place in which to live. Since 2000, honorees have raised nearly $600,000 to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
To nominate a candidate for the MS Corporate Achievers 2009 class, please call 860.714.2300. To learn more about MS and its effects, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
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