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Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (352) ***-****  HQ Phone
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Local Address: Lady Lake, Florida, United States
Parady Financial Group Inc
Colony Professional Plaza 340 Heald Way Suite 226 The
The Villages, Florida 32163
United States

Company Description: Parady Financial Group, Inc. is a licensed insurance agency for life, health and variable annuity. We are not securities licensed. We are not tax advisors. Our...   more
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Greg Parady - Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of Parady Financial Group, Greg leads a team of outstanding advisors that include Certified Financial Planners® (CFP), Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and annuity/life insurance agents in order to provide his clients with incomparable financial services.
Greg began his career in financial services in 1996 in Portland, Maine. In 2001 he moved to Florida and founded Parady Financial Group. From the beginning Greg has focused his practice on addressing the complexities associated with wealth preservation and wealth distribution for conservative minded retirees. He is generally considered by his peers to be a pioneer in the field of income planning by maximizing the living benefits of annuities and life insurance.
At the age of 22, Greg qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table Million Dollar Round Table , and is currently a Top of the Table Qualifier. This prestigious association is made up of the world's best annuity/life insurance and financial services professionals and is internationally recognized as the standard of sales excellence. He is also nationally recognized for his dynamic public speaking talents and unique ability to explain complex financial issues in a way that is easily understood by people of all educational backgrounds.
Greg has recently completed his first book titled "Not Your Parents' Retirement" that will be released soon. Special excerpts from his book will be featured in the upcoming Steve Forbes book titled "SuccessOnomics" that will be released in the fall of 2014.
Greg is well known for his philanthropy, and fundraising efforts within the community. He loves spending time with his wife, Jenni and their young son Bennett. He also enjoys gourmet cooking, traveling, fly fishing and spending time at his second home in the mountains of Colorado.
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Greg Parady's renown as the "Layaway Santa" and the response of grateful 4th grade student, leads to dynamic opportunities for his firm, Parady Financial, to help local elementary schools in need.
Though the media seems to thrive on the bad news that dominates the headlines day to day, we all dream of a world where every random act of kindness leads to another, and yet another, creating a snowball effect that makes the planet a kinder, more compassionate place. When Greg Parady, in a moment of inspired generosity, paid off $21,000 in customer layaways for 76 families of total strangers last Christmas at The Villages Walmart, he launched what has become a powerful avalanche of goodwill in the community - including the ongoing opportunity for his firm, Parady Financial, to help two local elementary schools in dire need.
Discovering that The Villages Elementary School lunch program had a large deficit - and teachers were often paying out of their own pocket for their students to eat - Parady sent members of his team to the school with $500 cash for the school's lunch fund; it turned out the total student "debt" was $489 and this amount covered them for this entire school year.
Wanting to continue helping Villages Elementary where further needs arose, Parady Financial has become a major sponsor of the school's "Field Day," a May 15-16 event in which the students participate in fun outdoor athletic activities. Thanks to Parady's $3500 contribution, each child will now receive a commemorative event T-shirt and replenishing food and drinks. Members of Parady's financial team and many of their clients are volunteering their time to this special annual two day event.
Researching further needs related to youth in the community, Parady and his team discovered a similarly alarming student lunch deficit of $1700 at Wildwood Elementary School - and promptly gave the school $3000 to pay it off and take care of any immediate future deficits.
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Parady's team was then told about an important after-school program where students who are below grade level academically stay three hours after school for special tutoring sessions. Government funding only allows for students to receive a small pack of crackers and juice during these extra hours - and only a single cheese sandwich for lunch!
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Parady has made powerful personal connections with the students at both schools over the past few months.
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Alarmed that this sort of shortage can occur next door to The Villages, one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S., Parady has again taken action. The after school care program ended in April, but the firm will be contributing a wealth of snacks for Wildwood's summer program, which run for four weeks (June 17-July 17), four days a week and includes ten classes with 20 children per class. The number of snacks that will be provided totals 1,920 and will include fruit snacks, chips, cheese crackers, graham crackers, cookies and fruit cups. Drinks will include small bottles of water and pouches of Capri Sun.
Beyond providing funding for their needs, Parady has made powerful personal connections with the students at both schools over the past few months. In late January, he was invited by writing resource teacher Bonnie Binniveld to visit several fourth grade classrooms at The Villages Elementary School and held a several hour pizza party for the grateful kids. He later came to Wildwood to have fun with Tracy Gandy's kindergarten class. The school uses the acronym ROAR to define student expectations: Respect Others, Obey Safety Rules, Act Responsibly and be Ready to Learn. Parady learned their Wildcat chant and "roared" back and forth with them, then later posed for photos.
"It's hard to imagine children and their teachers having to worry about the kids' next meals, and that teachers were paying for the lunches of their students who couldn't afford them," says Parady, who recalls a rough home life growing up in Maine, where he was often the victim of ferocious bullying. "Knowing that my team members and clients at Parady Financial wouldn't stand for this either without wanting to help, we asked each school how we could help in the short term while we figure out a more sustainable long term solution.
"Our goal is to bring awareness to this issue and help in any way we can," he adds. "As much as we would like to, I realize that you can't help every single cause, and there are so many that are worthwhile. But when it comes to little children, I feel that I have a responsibility to be active, proactive, and do whatever it takes to help them. If they don't eat properly, they'll have a harder time succeeding."
Parady and his wife Jenni recently celebrated their son Bennett's first birthday, and being a new father certainly contributes to his awareness of the preciousness of a child's needs. "Bennett will not be the layaway kid I was growing up, but as he gets older, we intend to teach him our values and instill in him the importance of giving back to those who weren't born with all the advantages."
All of the awareness and resulting contributions Parady Financial is now making to these local schools stem from the Founder and CEO's random act of spontaneous kindness at Walmart - and an envelope of colorful "Thank You" Cards from students at The Villages Elementary School.
For those in the community who know him, Parady's renown as the "Layaway Santa" - a story that received coverage on all major network affiliates, national and international wire services, the Huffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," Time Magazine and The Daily Mail in the U.K. - is typical of the deep connection with and dynamic history of philanthropy that the Maine born and raised Parady has with his adopted hometown. This includes an annual breast cancer event, annual food pantry fills, "Coats for Kiddos" and impromptu Red Cross fundraising and blood drives after natural disasters.
Unbeknownst to Parady, the same week he was paying down layaway debt at Walmart, Bonnie Binneveld, the writing resource teacher for the entire fourth grade at nearby Villages Elementary School, was trying to come up with the perfect writing assignment to coincide with her sharing of "Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story. Cynthia Rylant's 1997 bestseller is about a boy named Frankie who waits beside the tracks for the Christmas Train, which brings presents to underprivileged children who live in coal towns and hollows.
"We were reading the book the same week that the news story about Mr. Parady's generosity for total strangers came out," says Binneveld.
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"I suggested that they use black paper and a silver pen to create a coupon my students could give to people as a means of paying it forward, but some of them had a better idea: to write 'that man', Mr. Parady, and thank him for what he did for the customers at Walmart. A large percentage of our students are on free and reduced lunch plans, and know what it's like not to have money for presents. About half of my 120 students wrote and designed thank you cards and mailed them off."
Parady, who was away for the holidays, returned from vacation to find an overflowing envelope on his desk filled with these beautiful and colorful expressions of gratitude. Months later, he says he still keeps some of them in his briefcase looks at them when he needs to be cheered up or inspired.
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From PressRoom.com: Greg Parady, CEO of Parady Financial Group, was recently seen in Forbes magazine with other leading professionals as part of a feature called "America's PremierExperts┬« Continue reading →
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Greg Parady was recently featured in Forbes as one of America's PremierExperts' Game Changers. Continue reading →
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Nazarro said Parady is proud to be associated with the event and all that it stands for.
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Greg Parady speaks to fourth-graders at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake.
Greg Parady speaks to fourth-graders at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake.
Greg Parady of Parady Financial stopped by Villages Elementary of Lady Lake recently to talk about the power of giving.
In part, he wanted to visit with fourth graders at the school on Rolling Acres Road who had written him "thank you" notes for helping out local families at Christmas.
Parady covered more than $20,000 in layaway expenses for multiple families at the local Wal-Mart.
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Greg Parady, a 40-year-old financial analyst, spent more than $20,000 to pay off layaway accounts at a Central Florida Walmart, where one woman collapsed in tears because she was so excited.
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While most financial services firms create websites with pages of dry, tedious copy explaining the brass-tacks specifics of how they help their clients, Greg Parady, Founder and CEO of Parady Financial Group, uses the intimacy of professionally shot and edited YouTube videos to reflect the financial group's business culture.
The clips on the firm's homepage allow viewers to get to know him, his dedicated staff of 22 women (including a six member planning team, whom he estimates have a combined 120 years of dedicated industry experience), and their devotion to empowering clients and prospective clients through education while treating them like extended family members.
Since launching in 2001 in The Villages, Florida, a retirement community recently dubbed the "nation's fastest-growing metro area" by the Orlando Sentinel, Parady Financial Group, Inc. has helped thousands of retirees, and those near retirement age, achieve an all- too- often elusive peace of mind. They create individualized conservative retirement strategies using a wide array of market resistant financial instruments* based on their clients' specific plans and goals for their retirement years.
Parady explains his firm's focus, "We maximize the living benefits of life insurance and annuities to establish guaranteed income for life and create a tax efficient retirement. All while protecting your principle from stock market volatility. Our goal is to create a plan about you - your life, your way."
Cutting back and forth between Parady himself, the office environment, and personal heartfelt testimony from just a few of those more- than- satisfied retirees, the videos give a dynamic overview of his team, and his clients, which he refers to as "Parady Nation.
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"We use very traditional annuity contracts to build very sophisticated income strategies for our clients. ," Parady says, "and it's not uncommon for us to work with five or six types of contracts based on our client's short term, mid range, and long term goals at any specific age.
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Parady considers Nazzaro's joining forces with him as a breakthrough in the firm's fortunes.
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Parady, who launched his career in the mid-90s as a long- term care, annuities and insurance agent with Bankers Life and Casualty and quickly became one of the youngest people (age 22) to qualify for the Million Dollar Roundtable, adds, "Keep in mind that at the point Cindy joined Parady Financial, I already had 12-13 years of success in the business and knew what I wanted to build.
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Parady says that Laseter's diligent, detailed work in the realm of future- tax planning strategies is a powerful element in creating successful individual retirement strategies.
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As a means of creating goodwill and a strong social presence in their region north of Orlando, Parady is recognized as a philanthropic pillar in the community, regularly sponsoring charitable fundraisers and charities and causes important to the firm's team and their clients. Just to mention a few of these affairs, there is an annual October breast cancer event), annual food pantry fills, Alzheimer's support groups, Coats for Kids at St. Jude's Hospital and impromptu Red Cross fundraising and blood drives after natural disasters-and many more.
Typical of the deep connection that Maine born and raised Greg Parady has with his beloved adapted hometown, he became something of a media sensation this past holiday season (reported on all local major network affiliates, national and international wire services, the Huffington Post), CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Time Magazine as the "Layaway Santa" paying off $21,000 in customer layaways, (76 families in all), at The Villages Walmart for complete strangers.
Every year, Parady Financial fills a trailer full of goodies for Toys For Tots. On December 7, Parady went to the store to pick up bicycles for this year's event when he overheard a woman saying she didn't know if she could afford her layaway this year and might have to cancel her order. He asked the manager to tally up all the layaways, and was struck by the sheer number of families striving to put presents under the tree. He knew he couldn't pay off the whopping $89,000 total, but offered to take care of $21,000.
Then he started swiping his card - so actively that his controller had to stay on the phone with three different banks to get through the automatic declines that resulted when there was too much activity on a card at one time. He not only paid off the layaway for many of those on the list, but also on the spot for people who approached the department thinking they would have to cancel their orders.
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Ironically, Parady didn't grow up aspiring to a career in the financial services industry. One of his first jobs out of high school was working for a division of Macy's in Boston, a gig that led to retail management opportunities. Yet his early family experiences helped him connect and empathize with the personal circumstances of his clients' lives. The oldest of five children, he moved back to his hometown in Maine (just north of Portland) when his father suffered a third heart attack. One of his old friends asked if he ever considered selling insurance and made the introduction to Bankers Life and Casualty, with whom he ultimately launched his career.
"One of the things that attracted me to working with insurance and annuities, and drove my desire to do so well so quickly, was that I grew up with the same kind of uncertainty and anxiety with health and money issues that many of my clients had," he says. "I was inspired by my role of helping take away those anxieties, because I had experienced the same feelings within my own family. It was as if I had stumbled into the insurance industry with a strong understanding of what people were concerned about, and I had the right products to help them with their needs - something I never could have dreamed of when I was growing up. Within a few years, I was the top agent in the region and already set up financially for life - but I wanted to start my own business where I could design customized strategies rather than just push a single company's products.
"When I left Bankers," Parady adds, "I had a one year 'non compete' agreement in Maine , so I moved to Florida, fully intent on someday returning to New England.
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