PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lincoln Financial Network (LFN), the retail wealth management affiliate of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC), today announced its 2015 Advisors of the Year, awarded annually to the leading financial advisors among thousands affiliated with LFN’s Agency Building General Agents (ABGA) and General Agency (GA) Distribution Channels. This year’s award winners are Mel Gross, CLU®, ChFC®, MSFS, AEP®, of Gross & Foster Financial Services in Houston, Texas and Pedro Astacio of Diaz & Associates in Guaynabo, P.R.
“Mel and Pedro have followed different paths to success, yet share common traits of our most successful advisors – ongoing commitment to their clients,” added Stafford Moser, SVP, head of GA.
“This award, one of the highest recognitions we give to advisors, demonstrates the high level of professionalism and service these advisors provide their clients each day,” said Tom Eusebio, SVP, head of ABGA.
Mel Gross, partner at Gross & Foster Financial Services, has been named Advisor of the Year. This is his first time receiving the award.
A 48-year industry veteran, Gross specializes in financial planning, insurance and investments. He is past president of the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council and a Life Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT) where he has consistently received the Top of the Table recognition, most recently in 2015. In addition, Gross taught Certified Public Accounting (CPA) continuing education for many years.
Gross earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master of science degree in financial services from the American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Gross holds the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS), and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®). His office is located at 4848 Loop Central Drive, Suite 1005, Houston, Texas.
Astacio, asset protection specialist of Diaz & Associates, has been named Advisor of the Year for the first time this year.
Astacio has been in the financial services industry for seven years specializing in financial and retirement planning for professionals, asset protection and investments. Astacio is a qualifier of the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT).
Astacio received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao, P.R. His office is located at Calle Parque de los Niños, Tiffany Plaza, Second Floor, Guaynabo, P.R.
About Lincoln Financial Network
Lincoln Financial Network is the marketing name for the retail sales and financial planning affiliates of Lincoln Financial Group and includes Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation, both members of FINRA and SIPC. Consisting of approximately 8,500 representatives, agents, and full-service financial planners throughout the United States, Lincoln Financial Network professionals can offer financial planning and advisory services, retirement services, life products, annuities, investments, and trust services to affluent individuals, business owners, and families.