Management Team

Please feel free to contact one of our management team members to learn more about New York Life.

Robert "Doug" Hartman, CLF®, CLTC
Managing Partner
(913) 661-7201

Doug Hartman grew up in Irving Texas and worked in his family business through school.  He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in Marketing.  Upon graduation he worked in the wholesale sporting goods industry, industrial sales, and advertising.  In 2001 the print advertising industry was faced with new technology that forced change.   With a wife and a newborn to support, Doug began looking for a new career.  He was introduced to the financial services industry by a family member and started with New York Life in Austin Texas in 2002.  He joined New York Life to enter into their management training program.  He was told if he would follow the process he could become a Managing Partner with New York Life in 10 years or less.  His deciding factor to commit to the New York Life was the structure and the objective criteria.  He was intrigued by the transparency of the process - the expectations were in writing.

Doug achieved Rookie of the Year in his first year.  He went on to enter in the management training program in June 2003.  His first year as a young manager was a bust.  Everyone he recruited to the business left in six months or less.  Not willing to give up or admit total failure he sought mentorship and coaching for insight into leading others.  He quickly learned the less you talk about yourself and the more you learn from others the more people you will find that will want to learn from you.

Over the next three years Doug won back to back awards for recruiting and retention.  In June 2007, he was promoted to Senior Partner in the Austin General Office.  He led the country in recruiting and development the next five years in the West Central Zone and ranked in the top three Senior Partners company-wide all five years.  Doug was named Managing Partner of the Shreveport General Office in 2012. 

While serving as Managing Partner in the Shreveport General Office, Doug’s team was able to more than double new agent growth and total production.  As a result, Doug won “The Reeves Cup”, for recruiting three consecutive years and qualified for New York Life’s Partner Round Table those three years.  Doug contributes his success in Shreveport by surrounding himself with a solid team and a good support network throughout the agency.

In March 2017, Doug was asked to serve in the Greater Kansas City General Office.  He and his family are extremely excited to be a part of the New York Life Greater Kansas City family.  Looking back the vision presented to Doug came true in just under ten years of entering the Management Training Program when he fully committed himself to the industry.  In his opinion, the financial services industry is one of the last great business opportunities.  It is a business where a person can still create their own success with a little ambition, creativity, support, and drive.  

Don Angell, LUTCF®, CLU®
Senior Partner
(417) 831-5230

23 years industry Leadership. Holds the series 6,63,7,24 Member of NAIFA-Past Chairman of the Board, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Springfield Sertoma Club Past Chairman of the Board, Married to Kristen. 5 Children







John "Jack" Brennan
(913) 661-7207
Jack graduated from The University of Kansas in 2006.  That same year he began his career as a Financial Representative, focusing on helping his clients with their planning needs in the areas of risk management, wealth accumulation and estate and business planning strategies.  Jack was drawn to financial services in large part through his aptitude for and love of entrepreneurship.
In addition to his practice, Jack took on leadership responsibilities as a Sales Manager, which included recruiting, training, and developing a growing team of financial services professionals.
Jack joined the management team at New York Life in November 2015 and was quickly promoted to Partner in the Greater Kansas City General Office in May 2016.  He went on to achieve the 2016 New Partner of the Year Award and was just recently recognized with the 2018 Partner of the Year Award. 

As a leader, coach, and motivator of people, Jack takes enormous pride in helping financial professionals develop world class practices.  Having worked with some of the premiere leaders in the industry, Jack understands the financial services business thoroughly, and is currently hiring top notch sales people with an excellent work ethic and the desire to build a successful career in the Kansas City market.
Jack enjoys many sports (is a die hard Kansas City Chiefs fan) & spending time with his family.  He currently resides in Leawood, KS with his wife, Megan and their three children, Finley (7), Mack and Millie (5). 

Jeremy A. Shook, CMFC

Jeremy Shook is a Partner with New York Life in the Springfield, MO Sales Office.  He is a graduate of Baker University, where he received his Master’s degree in Business Administration.

After graduation, Jeremy began his financial services career in 2006 as a Financial Advisor for a wealth management firm out of Kansas.  Following a successful run as an advisor, he accepted a leadership role in the firm.  Jeremy moved to Springfield, MO in 2011 where he was promoted into the role of Managing Principal.

In February of 2018 Jeremy joined New York Life as a Partner where he provides his wealth management expertise and leadership skills.  Jeremy has extensive experience in leading entrepreneurial-minded individuals through the various challenges of the financial services career.  His diverse industry background allows him to quickly analyze all aspects of the business to identify problem areas and develop solutions that work.  With an excellent track record of recruiting and building teams to support accelerated growth, Jeremy is excited to be a part of the Greater Kansas City Leadership Team.

Kevin Stokes
(417) 829 2256

Kevin Stokes joined the industry in 2003 as a financial services professional after graduating from Southwest Missouri State University with a Management Degree. After 15 years helping clients, Kevin joined our management team in 2018. Kevin grew up on a dairy farm in Hartville, MO where he learned the value of hard work and responsibilities.





John Tucker Jr. 
(913) 451-9100

Johnny Tucker grew up in Topeka, Kansas where he would later go on to attend Kansas State University. He joined the New York Life family in February 2009 as an Agent in the Greater Kansas City General Office (G.O.). In just his 3rd year in the industry, Johnny was a 2012 $50B Lead Ambassador and a New Org Life Case Leader. Since then Johnny has gone on to accept additional awards ranging from Annuity Elite Gold Member (2014), Life All-Star (2016), Agency Builder of the Year (2016), and most recently, the Most Valuable Professional award in 2017. In 2017 Johnny made the transition into a Partner role at the Greater Kansas City G.O.

Prior to New York Life, Johnny worked as an Operations Manager for Walgreens Pharmacy for 22 years. Throughout the 22 years, Johnny was an Emerging Leader within the company helping mentor several managers and assisted in the planning of the Kansas City market.

Johnny has 2 children (Justin and Jasmine) & resides in the Kansas City metro area supporting the Greater Kansas City G.O.  In his spare time, Johnny enjoys supporting his daughter’s activities in the community (Tennis, Soccer, and Pre-Health Professionals) and cheering on KU athletics with his son who attends The University of Kansas.  Johnny’s passions include family, fitness, and being active in all aspect of his community.

Chris Crumpacker
Senior Associate; Agency Sales Development
(913) 661-5703

Chris joined New York Life in July 2009 as a TAS Agent in the Boston General Office (G.O.) & later moved to the Midwest to be closer to family.  As a 2-time Executive Council Agent, Annuity Elite Champion, and Long-Term Care Award winner – Chris then transitioned into the Sales Development Manager (SDM) rank in January 2013 and was fortunate to remain in the Greater Kansas City G.O. as both an Agent and SDM. 

Prior to New York Life, Chris followed a sales management track with HSBC Bank for 15 years and held various positions in the Consumer & Mortgage Lending departments of the banking industry.  Chris is a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities, LLC & holds Series 6, 63, and 26 Registrations with FINRA.  Chris has also obtained his LUTCF®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, and CLF® Financial Designations with the American College. 

Chris is married (Amy) and has 3 children (Zachary, Ethan, and Jensen ‘JJ’) & resides in the Kansas City metro area supporting the Greater Kansas City G.O.  In his spare time, Chris is an avid University of Florida Gators alumni (bleeds Orange and Blue at. Al.) and enjoys supporting his children’s activities in the community (Swimming, Boy Scouts of America, and Marching Band).  Chris’ passion is enjoying the outdoors (biking, hiking, and swimming) & about helping others to be successful.


Todd W. Siler
Director of Agency Standards
(913) 661-7244
Todd was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from what is now called Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.  He worked in the Kansas City area in the consumer finance field for twelve years and as a commercial banker for eight years.  Todd entered the financial services industry as an agent with a national company in 1995 and was promoted to Sales Manager in 1998.  He joined New York Life in February 2001, as a Development Associate and was named Agency Standards Consultant for the Greater Kansas City General Office later that year.  He was promoted to Senior Agency Standards Consultant in 2003 and his title changed to Director of Agency Standards in 2018.

Todd holds the following securities licenses Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 51, 63, and 65 registrations with FINRA.  He has also obtained his CLU® and ChFC® financial designations from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  Todd currently is a member of the New York Life Agency Standards Advisory Committee.
Todd has been married (Rozie) for over 35 years, has two adult daughters (Amanda and Jennifer) & resides in Overland Park, Kansas.  In his spare time, Todd enjoys playing golf and is an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting Kansas City fan.  He enjoys his four grandchildren and regularly attends their school and sports activities.  He is dedicated to helping new and established agents operate their business within the rules and regulations of the industry.

Steve Daniels
CVP - Field Service Leader
(913) 661-7210
As a Corporate Vice President and Field Service Leader, Steve is responsible for the completion of all administrative and processing functions with respect to new business and related accounting.  He also ensures appropriate internal controls are maintained.  As the immediate supervisor of the General Office clerical and customer service team, he provides training and guidance.
During a career at the New York Life that began at in 1993, Steve has also earned the following LOMA designations:  Associate, Customer Service (ACS), Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), Associate, Insurance and Regulatory Controls (AIRC), Associate, Insurance and Agency Administration (AIAA), and is a licensed Operations Professional with FINRA.