Managing Associate, MassMutual Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services, age 29
Danny Kates takes great pride in his work and the strong relationships he has forged with people. “I enjoy interacting with the community and giving back, and I feel pressure is a privilege,” he said, explaining that, although he often works an 11-hour day, if there are still 70 e-mails waiting to be answered, he reminds himself that they represent 70 people who need his help.
“I always strive to be the person my clients need me to be, and it has really come back to me,” he said, adding that most of his clients are referrals.
Kates is co-founder and president of Wealth New England, a non-proprietary insurance and financial-services group. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, prominent business leaders, and more than 200 families. “I work with a great team of people, and put them and my family before myself. It’s the right pattern for living my life.”
Kates has received MassMutual’s ‘Rising Stars’ designation twice, been named a ‘MassMutual Leader,’ and is the recipient of the company’s Fast Pace Award.
As a newlywed, devotion to his wife, Erin, and his closely knit family is foremost in his life, but Kates is also passionate about giving his time to causes he believes in. He sits on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Center, and Northampton Area Young Professionals. He also grants microloans to underprivileged and deserving business people in Africa and South America, including a young man in Peru who has repaired a greenhouse that now feeds his community.
“I can go to sleep at night knowing I’m part of something larger than myself,” he said. “Someone in this world can now feed his village because of something I contributed to.”
When he is not working or volunteering his time, Kates enjoys dogs, sailing, waterskiing, classic cars, and golf.
— Kathleen Mitchell