Meet Our Leadership Team

Steven Perry

Managing Partner

Steven Perry started his career with New York Life Alaska in 2006, at age 20, under a college intern contract. Prior to New York Life, Steven owned and operated Perry Pavement Services, a local asphalt maintenance company, for 4 years. He received his BBA in Finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2007. His senior year of college, he was the number one intern agent in the company. Steven worked as a Financial Services Professional through 2011 qualifying for Executive Council twice and Million Dollar Round Table once.

In March 2011, Steven was promoted to Partner in the Alaska General Office.  He was promoted to Senior Partner in September 2014, which made him the youngest in the company at the time. In his first year as a Senior Partner, he qualified for the Partners’ Round Table, a select group of Managing Partners and Senior Partners who lead the company in core production categories.

In April 2016, Steven was promoted to Managing Partner of the West Texas General Office, in Lubbock, TX.  During his 2 ½ year tenure there, they captured 18 national trophies, including a record 9 in 2017.  They also grew from a Group 4 to a Group 2 office and nearly doubling their manpower and production.

In January 2019, Steven was again promoted to Managing Partner of the Minnesota General Office, located in Edina, MN. He looks forward to leading this office through unprecedented growth while living out their mission of leading others into building their best life.

Steven and his wife, Tabatha, have two beautiful daughters, Lily, who was born July 2014, and Liberty who was born in November 2016. Tabatha has her own company where she provides Life Coaching for the wives of Executives. Steven and Tabatha enjoy entertaining at their home in Chanhassen and are actively involved in their church. Steven thoroughly enjoys his career and truly counts it a blessing from God that he gets to work every day with his agents helping them grow successful businesses for themselves and their families.

John D. Garnett, MBA, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, MSFS, CAP

Corporate Vice President - Agency Standards

John D. Garnett is the Director of Agency Standards for the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Milwaukee General Offices of the New York Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Garnett began his career with New York Life in 1986 as an Agent & Registered Representative.  Over the years he has held various positions of increasing responsibility throughout the Agency Department.  Currently, he supervises roughly 160 agents, registered representatives, financial advisors and managers in their daily operations growing our business in key market segments, including the middle-income market, the advance (high-net-worth) market, select cultural markets and the women’s markets.

Mr. Garnett received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Master’s of Science Financial Services from the American College.  Additionally, he has obtained the Chartered Life Underwriter, the Chartered Financial Consultant, the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy and the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designations.

Mr. Garnett holds life & health insurance licenses along with FINRA Series 7, 24, 51 and 63 registrations.

John, is married to his wife Mary Lou of 34 years.  They have 4 children and two grandchildren. They reside in Madison, Wisconsin.

Corrie Haux

Senior Sales Development Manager

Corrie is married to Michelle and they have two wonderful children, Alayna and Gregory. Corrie started his career with New York Life in July of 2000 as an agent after working the previous five years in the field of charitable giving. As an agent he achieved Executive Council* during his second year which opened the door to management with New York Life. Corrie has been the Sales Development Manager since 2002 and is responsible for training of our new agents and for facilitating advanced business and estate planning for our General Office. In addition to his duties here in the Minnesota General Office, he is one of a handful of development managers in our Company that has been selected to teach annually at our national training center in Dallas, TX for our Career Development Conferences.

"One of the greatest rewards I have found in this career is the ability to help shape and guide our agents' careers. During my tenure I have seen agents progress on to bigger and better goals in their New York Life careers. Many have achieved various Council levels, Million Dollar Round Table** membership, two have gone on to become a Managing Partner in other New York Life General Office, four are currently Partners in the ND General Office and one has become Sales Development Manager in another New York Life General Office. It has been a pleasure for me to help these individuals attain thier goals."

*Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1- June 30.

**MDRT, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.

David Antonovich

Sales Development Manager

David started with New York Life in January 2013 as an agent in the Minnesota General Office after working in restaurant management and wine and liquor sales.  He became a Sales Development Manager in December 2017 and works closely with new agents as they progress through our training program.  He has lived in Minnesota most of his life and graduated from the University of Minnesota.  He and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Madilyn, who was born in August 2016.  Kim has been a manager at a local consignment store for over 20 years.  They enjoy spending time with friends and family and try to get out on the lake as much as possible.

Emma Ishol

Director of Recruiting

Emma Ishol serves as the Director of Recruiting for the Minnesota General Office. Emma joined New York life in 2019. In her role as Director of Recruiting, Emma oversees the entire hiring process of new agents from candidate sourcing and interviews; to onboarding and agent development. Emma is passionate about building a strong culture of agents with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Michael Cheslek

Operations Manager

Michael is from Grand Rapids, MI where he attended Ferris State University and earned his Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with minors in Mathematics and Science. He worked as a middle school math and science teacher for eight years in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2013 Michael moved to Albuquerque, NM to begin his career with New York Life as an Associate Administrative Manager. Upon completion of his training in 2014, he transitioned into the Operations Manager role in the Minnesota General Office.