NAIFA Tampa's Virtual 4 Under 40

  • Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual Meeting


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 ANNUAL 4 UNDER 40 Virtual Meeting

THURSDAY - April 16, 2020

The panelists are successful agents who have been in the business for less than five years or are under the age of 40.

Please join us for a VIRTUAL lively and informative discussion featuring some of the top financial and insurance professionals in our industry.  Those that attend this very special panel discussion will learn about the experiences, tribulations and commitment to overcome adversity by our panelists in their respective fields.  All of which led to their current top levels of success.  Their voices will be very valuable to those in our industry.  Attend, listen and learn.  You will get some golden takeaways from this unique event!

Attendees will hear the panelists success stories, moments of failure which helped them to learn, and advice attendees can tailor to build their practice.


Hollee Kier

Northwestern Mutual



 Darian Ward

 Goosehead Insurance

Kacee Howes

Northwestern Mutual


David Vargas

State Farm Insurance

Michael Salierno

Northwestern Mutual



The Program will begin at 11:00 AM

Meeting Registration Fees:

This program is Free for Members and Guests

Please register to receive the link and code to join the meeting


Our Panel:

Darian Ward: Having both parents in the insurance business is a good start --- my experience in the insurance industry began over 12 years ago helping in my mom’s agency. I learned the business from the ground up and worked my way to the top producer in the agency. NAIFA was integral part of my insurance career and I am a 2nd generation NAIFA member.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, in Business Administration, from St. Petersburg College with a minor in Marketing. I have a strong passion for giving back to the community through volunteer work and supporting local organizations that deal with veterans and children. In my personal time, I coach youth soccer and enjoy outdoor activities such as boating, biking, and running.

At Goosehead Insurance we focus on the Property & Casualty part of the industry.


Kacee Howes: Kacee began her Northwestern Mutual career in 2008 as a College Financial Representative. Earning the Power of 10 award, she ranked among the top 15% of college advisors nationally.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Clemson University the following year and moved to Clearwater, Florida to continue her career as a financial advisor. In 2010, Kacee accepted a College Unit Director contract where she built her district’s internship program from scratch. In 2015, Kacee was asked to join the Greater Tampa Bay Network Office leadership team to support the district offices in building their internship programs and further develop their emerging leaders.

Now as the District Director of the South Tampa office, Kacee’s impact has grown exponentially as she works through her team of advisors to provide financial security for families and businesses throughout central Florida. As a Certified Coach, she empowers her advisors to achieve their personal and professional goals, while serving their clients with world class solutions.

Kacee is passionate about her community. She serves on the Community Action Committee which hosts events raising money for pediatric cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Additionally, she serves as the Co-Chair for the Greater Tampa Bay Diversity and Inclusion council, helping advance the firm’s mission to serve the community.

Kacee lives in St. Petersburg with her husband Patrick and daughter Isla. When not focused on business, Kacee enjoys boating, scuba diving, and Clemson football. Go Tigers!


David Vargas: David started his career at State Farm over 15 years ago in Chicago before relocating to South Florida in 2008.  He immediately made an impact assisting the Agency qualify for both Level 2 and Exotic Ambassador Club. Sough after for his expertise, David was instrumental in assisting agents with expediting the speed of their contract sales cycles. This increased their book of business in just a short matter of months. He relocated to Pinellas County as a Corporate Agency Field Specialist where he was responsible for business development and coaching agents towards the achievement of their goals.

In 2018, David launched his own agency in St. Petersburg, FL where in just 5 short months, he qualified for Ambassador Travel award as well as 2019 Honors Club.  David's passion and his ability to identify needs of people are keys to his success. From coaching and mentoring agents to customizing products to the needs of his customers, David Vargas cares deeply about his work.

Apart from his work with the agency, David is also both a humanitarian and animal lover.  His office donated space for Creative Clay, a local 501c-3 whose mission is to help people with disabilities achieve inclusive lives through access to the arts by educational and vocational experiences. Additionally, David serves as a member and advisor for Come Out, St. Pete, an organization created to amplify the voice of Tampa Bay's rich and diverse LGBTQ community.  Lastly, David also partners and volunteers with Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, a local non-profit dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless pets.

David earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University.  He lives in St. Petersburg with his husband, Jon, and two French Bulldogs, Big and Francois.


Michael Salierno: After graduating in 2012 from the University of Scranton with a bachelor of science in Finance, Mike began his career in Financial Services.  He managed retail banking centers and their teams for 5 years before joining Northwestern Mutual in 2016. 

In Mike's first year in the business, he won the New Advisor of the Year Award, achieved Pacesetter Second 60, and Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).  Mike began his involvement in leadership just 12 months after starting with Northwestern Mutual.  He served as College Unit Director for 2 years before becoming a Managing Director in 2020.  Mike's Practice focus's primarily on the medical community. While growing the district office, Mike consistently produces as an MDRT level, writes 100+ lives and qualifies for the New Client Bonus.

Mike lives in East Lake with his wife Elizabeth, their sons Lorenzo and Nico and their Frenchie Bruno.  When not focused on business, Mike enjoys soccer, hockey, cooking and spending time with his family.

Call: (813) 501-3165


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