Harris’s storied 30-year career began in 1989 when he launched his financial services practice with MassMutual and quickly established himself as a leader in the industry. He would rise quickly through the ranks of management, being named a Sales Manager (1993), Associate General Agent (1997), Managing Partner (2000) and General Agent (2003). Under his leadership, MassMutual Greater Philadelphia grew from 40 to over 175 financial professionals, expanded its geographical footprint to 20 offices across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and serves over 54,000 clients. He currently serves as General Agent Emeritus and continues to be involved in the strategic direction of MMGP. As the Chairman of Coastal Wealth, Harris is focused on investing in progressive initiatives and strategies to better serve the evolving needs of the firm and its clients.
Harris is a sought-after speaker on topics such as industry trends, leadership, company culture, and corporate philanthropy. He is an advocate for providing financial literacy programs to families and champions the access of resources and valuable government benefits for special needs families and their children.
Harris graduated with honors from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and attended Darden Business School’s Executive Leadership Program. Harris is a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. He holds Series 7, 6, 65, 63 and 24 registrations with FINRA, and is a registered principal with MML Investors Services, LLC. He served as President of MassMutual’s General Agent’s Association in 2013.
Awards & Accolades: Crystal Achievement Award | MassMutual (2003‐2019); MassMutual Chairman’s Trophy | Gold: 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016 + 2018 - Silver: 2017 & 2019 - Bronze: 2012 & 2013; Best Places to Work| Philadelphia Business Journal (2007‐2016); Top Work Place | Philadelphia Inquirer (2010‐2013, 2015-2019); Top CEO | Philadelphia Inquirer (2012); CEO of the Year Award | Main Line Chamber of Commerce (2012); CEO Philanthropy Award | Executive Leadership Radio (2012); Most Admired CEO | Philadelphia Business Journal (2015); Corporate Culture Award | SmartCEO (2015); Most Admired CEO’s Change Driver Award | Philadelphia Business Journal (2016); Master Agency Award | GAMA International (2016); Future 50 Award | SmartCEO (2016); Top Leadership Award | Philadelphia Inquirer (2016 & 2017); Velocity 50 Award | CEO Report (2018); Corporate Philanthropy Leadership Award | Philadelphia Inquirer (2018); Influencer of Finance Award3 | Philadelphia Inquirer (2019)
1 | An insured, owner, or payer of a Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) policy or contract.
2 | As of 12/31/2018: Includes values of MassMutual and subsidiary insurance companies and retirement products and investment products offered through MML Investors Services, LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary.
3 | Award Selection Criteria: Seeking seasoned financial professionals who shape, change and transform the industry through acquisitions, mergers and overall impact on the economy and include leaders bringing a mix of credentials, viewpoints, and backgrounds from all walks of the financial industry. Note: An external panel of experts reviewed and selected the 2019 winners who were evaluated, not only on their business success and acumen but also taking into consideration their ability to change and influence the industry as a whole.
This award should not be construed by clients or prospective clients as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if the Registered Investment Advisor is engaged (or continues to be engaged) in providing investment advisory services. Nor should it be construed as a current or past endorsement of the Registered Investment Advisor by any of its clients.
- Financial Education
- Insurance Strategies
- Investment Strategies (Reg. Reps Only)
- Business Owners
- Retirement Income Planning
- Business Succession Planning
- Retirement Strategies
- College Funding Strategies
- Charitable Giving
- Group Benefits
- Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ)
- Risk Management Strategies
- Estate Planning
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