Michael Sean Grant started his career with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in 1987 and soon emerged as a sales leader, winning top awards for five consecutive years.He went on to excel in the highly competitive employee benefits field, eventually being named a MetLife senior sales executive.Grant also served as director of sales for MetraHealth and vice president of commercial sales for United HealthCare - where he racked up more awards - before moving to USI, the nation's ninth largest commercial insurer.
has served such clients as Saks Fifth Avenue, Coca Cola Bottling and McKinsey & Co.
, among many others.Grant most recently was named to open USI's
Long Island office, in Westbury. Grant
had the first of two bilateral total hip replacements at age 26, and says he
clearly understands the challenges facing employers wanting to provide high-quality health care while balancing the cost with the bottom line. Boston College grad Grant is very active with the Jesuit-run St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset, where he serves on the board and is chair of the annual golf outing, which he founded three years ago.
The event has raised more than $150,000 since its inception, with the proceeds helping fund such St. Ignatius programs as Alcoholics Anonymous, Zen studies and support for surviving spouses of Sept. 11 victims. He
also is a supporter of the Sisters of St. Joseph
, the order of nuns that taught at his
high school. He
business success to his
education, and says he
feels an obligation to give back with time, talent and treasure.
Other good deeds include support of the Long Island
Cares food program, toy drives and providing clerical assistance to the needy.In recognition of his
community work, Grant
was appointed a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher by Cardinal Edward M. Egan in 1999.