Michael Jay Markey, Jr is a co-founder and owner of Legacy Financial Network and its associated companies. His vision has expanded the organization from one location to three, with the hopes to make Legacy a national company. He attained his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University while playing baseball for the Eagles.
Michael’s accolades include being recognized as the trainer of the year for a previous insurance employer, a Million Dollar Round Table; member in 2010, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14, & ‘15. He earned Court of the Table honors in ’11, ’12, ’13, ‘14 and ’15 and Top of the Table honors in ’14. MDRT is an exclusive organization designed to recognize those in the top of the insurance services field.1
Here in West Michigan, Michael can be heard on 102.9 FM every Thursday at 11 am for his weekly radio show, “Fireproof Your Retirement.” He has authored a book, also entitled “Fireproof Your Retirement”, and has a monthly column in LifeHealthPro called “Seriously, Dave?” He has been featured in print nationally by LifeHealthPro Magazine as one of “13 Insurance Industry Heroes” and InsuranceNewsNet magazine as a celebrity in the insurance industry. Under his direction, Legacy Financial Network was recognized by A.M. Best’s Best Review as one of the top 10 most innovative agencies in the country with their feature article “10 Agencies That Get It Right.” Michael has been published in several national trade magazines and was a featured guest on William Shatner’s “Moving America Forward.” 2
Grateful for the opportunities he’s been blessed with, being involved with and giving back to the community have always been important to Michael. Legacy participates in many local events and parades (the company even owns a firetruck for these events and Michael always makes sure he gets to drive it). Legacy sponsors a little league team and has sponsored free throw contests at a local high school where both the student and the school benefit. Michael has pledged most of the proceeds from his book to local fire departments.
In addition to being an investment advisor representative for LFN Advisors LLC, and an insurance agent for Legacy Financial Network, Michael’s main passions are his faith and his family. He shares his faith with his clients and incorporates the values it instills into Legacy’s Four-Step System.
- For more information on MDRT’s qualification requirements, visit MDRT’s website at https://www.mdrt.org/membership/requirements/
- Guests featured on “Moving America Forward” must pay for some of the production costs as well as the rights to use Mr. Shatner’s name and likeness in marketing promotions.
Office Administrator, LFN Advisors
Erin entered into the insurance industry after earning her business associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and has been a part of Legacy ever since. She was a successful agent before taking a promotion to join our office staff. Erin handles all distribution or withdrawal requests and current balances.
Erin has long-standing roots in the Grand Rapids area where she lives with her husband, Steven. They look forward to welcoming their first little one, Ben, in the summer of 2014. Outside of the office, Erin enjoys crafting, gardening and relaxing with a cup of coffee and a good book (not as much coffee now though!) She enjoys camping and spending a summer day at one of Michigan’s beautiful beaches. Erin also enjoys sharing local flavors and talents, touring local wineries and microbreweries, farmers’ markets and various arts festivals.
Carol grew up in Byron Center and graduated from Byron Center High School and Davenport University. Upon graduation from college, Carol worked in the automotive industry for many years before choosing to work in the insurance field. She began working with seniors during her mother’s serious illness and passing. This experience makes her passionate about making a difference in the lives of clients.
Carol joined Legacy Financial Network in 2009. Carol works closely with clients to ensure their financial needs are met in retirement. As a managing agent, Carol trains new and experienced agents to take a client focused approach to retirement insurance planning.
Carol currently lives in Holland, MI. In her spare time, Carol enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown sons. She also enjoys cooking and baking.
Tom was born 1961 in Monterey, California. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1979 – 1985 and again from 1987 – 1990. He married his wife, Dawn, in 1982 and they have two daughters and five grandchildren; three boys and two girls. He worked in the construction industry for over 25 years, four of which he owned and operated his own construction company. Tom started in the insurance field in 2008, and has been working with Legacy Financial Network since 2010. Tom is one of Legacy’s managing agents in charge of training and mentoring new and experienced agents.
Tom’s goal is to help people in retirement or nearing retirement to grow their income safely by using insurance products. Tom feels he has found a career that is both satisfying and rewarding.
Elizabeth is one of Legacy’s newer staff members. She joined Legacy Financial Network in 2013 after working in the field of adoption for the previous 14 years. Elizabeth began her career in the area of accounting for pension and 401(k) plans. Working with people in retirement again makes her feel her career has come “full circle.”
Elizabeth has been a lifelong resident of West Michigan, graduating from Byron Center High School and Davenport College. Elizabeth currently resides in Jenison with her husband, John, and has two grown children. In her free time she enjoys running, walking, cooking and family activities.
Jill graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A member of the Legacy team since 2010, Jill attributes Legacy’s success to an unwavering commitment to understanding and fulfilling a clients’ needs. A lifelong West Michigan resident, Jill lives in Zeeland with her husband and three children.
“In every phase of our business, you’ll find people at Legacy Financial who are dedicated to exceeding your expectations. Our team feels a calling to help improve your retirement outlook and we’ll work with you to determine the right mix to insure you will not outlive your resources.”
Mike was born and raised in the beautiful city of Holland, MI. After graduating from Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he became an owner of an independent employment agency and was there for over 25 years. Being responsible for running the day-to-day operations, he experienced firsthand the importance of customer service. Helping people was his passion. With a change of career paths in mind, he began looking for a company which put the same importance to customer service and relationship as he had. Approximately three years ago, he entered the insurance industry and ultimately chose Legacy Financial Network. He began helping people in a variety of ways, truly making a difference. Mike has been married to his wife, Karen, for 32 years. They have one son, Grant, a daughter, Kara, and a son-in-law, Joel. When Mike is not in the office, he enjoys playing golf, bike riding and travel.
Jim has been in the insurance industry for more than 25 years. Jim worked for Benefit Actuaries, Inc. from 1985 to 2007, specializing in group insurance. He became an owner in 1989 until 2007. At its peak, Benefit Actuaries, Inc. grew to 80 employees and serving well over 600 employer groups across the state. Jim and his partners sold the business to The Campbell Group, where he spent five years helping Campbell build a group health program and servicing his existing clients. In 2013, Jim joined Legacy Financial Network so that he could make meaningful impacts with individuals rather than groups. His attention to customer service has always been his strongest characteristic. Legacy’s mission of putting the needs of the clients before the needs of the agents, is what drew him to Legacy.
Jim is a graduate of Ferris State University in 1985 with a BA in Business Administration and a minor in Insurance. Jim is an avid outdoorsman and loves to spend time with his family. His first love is bow hunting which has taken him to as far as Wyoming, Texas and Quebec.