Sandy graduated from Syracuse with the preparation and conviction that he could help people protect their families' financial future by providing thoughtful guidance in the
acquisition of appropriate life insurance.
Sandy first worked as a full-time agent for Provident Mutual in Rochester, NY, and then Manchester, N.H. Upon permanently returning to Rochester, he founded his own agency, in association with the Provident. Gradinger & Associates subsequently became Centra Financial Group, Inc.
Under Sandy's long-term leadership, Centra became an industry leader. It helped individuals and families solve the inter-related complexities of financial, tax, estate planning and related legal issues. Centra grew to provide a multitude of financial services: financial planning investment management, retirement strategies, estate planning, business succession planning, charitable planning, life insurance, disability insurance, long term care insurance, mutual funds, and annuities. Centra is now an organization of 50 employees with gross annual revenues of $15 million.
Centra's growth and financial success is a personal tribute to Sandy's leadership, management and motivational skills. Sandy, his partner, and his team built Centra on the principles of adding value for clients, recruiting superior talent, providing exceptional training, resulting in high employee satisfaction. To his credit, 90% of his insurance agents qualified for the Million Dollar Roundtable a substantial achievement in the life insurance business. Under his guidance, Sandy's agency qualified an unprecedented 19 times for the General Agents and Managers' prestigious National Management Award. Finally, Sandy hired and developed the first female agent in Rochester to achieve Million Dollar Roundtable status.
While leading and managing the firm, Sandy also excelled as a life insurance agent himself, and through his sales achievements over 25 years, became a life member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, a distinction reserved to the top 1% of life insurance agents in the world.
Professional Awards and Recognition
In addition to his earning his CLU designation awarded by the American College of Life Underwriters, Sandy was the recipient of numerous professional awards and achievements.
· Rachel May Swain Award of the Rochester Association of Life Underwriters
· Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company Hall of Fame
· Past President of Rochester General Agents & Managers Association