Our Principal

Douglas Miskin
Douglas MiskinPresident & CEO

Douglas A. Mishkin is a third generation insurance professional. Although Doug entered the family industry, he chose a different career path from his father and grandfather, who built one of the nation’s largest multi‐line and insurance benefits firms. He started his career as an agent with MassMutual Financial Group and The Guardian Life Insurance Company. In 1993, he moved to the independent channel by joining Bufkin, Hefferon & Siegel, a brokerage general agency in Manhattan, as their Brokerage Manager. He was offered the opportunity to join Algren Associates, Inc. in 1997 and, in 2001, was named President of the firm. In 2006, he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer when Algren’s founder retired.

Doug served as Chairman of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) in 2008, having previously served as a board member for seven years, and as chair of its membership committee. He was the recipient of the 2009 Stephen A. Kramer Humanitarian Award from the UJA‐Federation of New York. In addition, to his NAILBA involvement, Doug is on the Board of Directors of LifeMark Partners, Inc. and SubCenters, and is an active member of the Professional Life Advisors Network (PLAN), Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU), and TYGERS. Doug is a member of MDRT’s “Top of the Table”, an exclusive forum for the world’s most successful life insurance and financial services professionals. He is also a former Director of the Life & Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE), a non‐profit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decisions to safeguard their families’ financial future. He has sat on numerous insurance carrier field advisory councils including North American, Genworth, United of Omaha, ING, and MetLife, helping them strengthen and develop product lines and more effectively communicate with their distribution partners. He is frequently quoted and published in financial journals and publications and is an active speaker for national insurance and financial organizations. He has addressed international advisor forums from the Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Western Europe.

In his free time, Doug snowboards, coaches his sons in numerous sports, and is the past President of the Shore Regional Little League representing kids in the New Jersey shore towns of Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, and West Long Branch. Doug is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. He currently lives in Monmouth Beach, NJ with his wife and two sons.

Staff Directory

Charles McLellan
Charles McLellanSenior Case Manager & Underwriting

Charles brings over 26 years of industry experience having previously served as a financial advisor for MetLife and working closely with top advisors running their new business operations. He oversees the entire case management process from application through placement, working closely with advisors, insurance carriers, and other parties to negotiate the best possible conclusions. He is a devoted father of three young children.

Samantha Bellina
Samantha BellinaDirector of Plan Design and Product Information

Samantha brings 25 years of industry experience to her role as a Case Design Specialist. She previously served as Relationship Manager & Assistant Operations Officer for an exchange traded funds firm, Manager of Plan Administration for an executive benefits firm, Regional Life Office Manager for Pacific Life & Annuity, and a Field Service Rep for U.S. Life. She has a love of artwork with a particular interest in Peter Max and Romero Britto.

Galina Babushkin
Galina BabushkinAccounting & Commissions
Galina lives by the golden rule; treat others as you want to be treated. She brings positivity to her role and looks for the good in every situation. What this means to you is she is focused on doing things correctly and with a helpful attitude. The real benefit is having a team member who brings things to the point of closure and is steadfast in her commitments.

Jennifer Bardell
Jennifer BardellExecutive Administrator
Janine Cobb
Janine CobbAnnuity as a Service
Sergio Serrano
Sergio SerranoAnnuity as a Service
Danielle Hazlett
Danielle HazlettCase Manager
Danielle Schrupp
Danielle SchruppLicensing/Contracting