Our Team

Managing Partner

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Jason Leonard

Managing Partner

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Senior Management

Gerardo

Gerardo "JJ" Ramirez Jr.

Senior Partner

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Mariano

Mariano "Manny" Loredo

Senior Partner

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Charles Villareal

Executive Partner

 

Management Team

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Aaron Hildebrand

Partner

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Daniel Aranda

Partner

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Juan M. Ochoa

Partner

 

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Luke Knighten

Partner

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Isibor Iyinbor

Partner

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Brandon Acevedo

Partner

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Jennifer Larsen

Partner

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Shanna Wilson

Partner

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Jason Madero

Partner

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Jesus Sifuentes

Associate Partner

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Luis Hernandez

Associate Partner

Training and Development

Robert

Robert "Bob" Weinerman

Development Manager

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James Jurica

Development Manager

Agency Standards

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Christine Pilgrim

Agency Standards Manager

 

Additional Agent Resources

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Andrea Longoria

Latino Market Manager

 
 

Jason Leonard

Managing Partner

Jason Leonard is the Managing Partner of the New York Life San Antonio General Office. 

Motivated by helping clients achieve their financial goals and working alongside his agents and partners towards career success, Jason has been working in the industry for over 20 years. In 2000, he began his career with New York Life as an agent in the Boston General Office. 

In 2004, Jason was promoted to Partner. As Partner, Jason earned various awards including Gathering of Eagles, View From the Top, and National Recruiting Awards. He became a Senior Partner in 2007 and became the number one Senior Partner in the company for 2009 and 2010. He was promoted again to Executive Partner in 2010. He continued with success in recruiting and developing both agents and partners. 

In 2012, he was promoted to Managing Partner of the San Antonio General Office. Under Jason’s leadership, the San Antonio Office began to have unprecedented growth of the agent and management teams. He would soon be recognized as a national leader within New York Life winning the President’s Trophy in 2017 and 2019. His hard work led him to win awards in Agent Growth, New Organization Sales, and Investment Annuity Sales. Jason opened additional sales offices in New Braunfels and Stone Oak to accommodate the growing client base and workforce in the San Antonio metro area. 

Jason is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He is a member of NAIIFA and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Jason has participated in philanthropic efforts to many local San Antonio charities including; The Winston School San Antonio, Ferrari Kid, Dress for Success, and the San Antonio Food Bank.

 

He enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa, attending the sporting and school events of his three sons, traveling to new places, watching the New England Patriots win at football, and mastering Texas Barbecue. 

Donald "Spike" Borawski, MBA, LUTCF, LTCP

Partner

Spike currently works as a Partner for the San Antonio General Office. He is dedicated to hiring and developing capable men and women from diverse backgrounds who can provide effective and innovative solutions for the problems people and businesses face. He excels in recruiting for the financial services industry, with the focus on attracting, hiring and retaining outside individuals with strong business acumen and superlative organizational, analytical and strategic problem-solving skills.

A graduate of Texas Lutheran College, The University of Texas at San Antonio and St. Mary's University, Spike Borawski began his financial service career after 10 years of working in higher education. He joined New York Life in 2002 and won numerous industry and New York Life awards, including:

Awards 2003:

  • Rookie of the Year
  • Career Success
  • (11) consecutive council recognitions

Awards 2004:

  • Mutual Fund Champion
  • Life Case Rate Champion
  • NAIFA Quality

Awards 2005:

  • Partner of the Year
  • Gathering of Eagles Qualifier
  • Platinum Peak Performer
  • Career Builder Award

Awards 2008:

  • Associate of the Year
  • Million Dollar Round Table Qualifier*

Awards 2010/2012/2013:

  • Life FYC Champion of the Year
  • Life Case Rate Champion of the Year
  • NAIFA Quality

Gerardo "JJ" Ramirez Jr.

Senior Partner

As a Partner with New York Life, J.J. is dedicated to helping Agents and Financial Services Professionals build their practices, by developing strategies to protect the financial stability/security of individuals, families, and business owners. To stay on top of his field and develop his professional skills, he regularly attends industry training, certification programs, and immerses himself in case strategies with his Team. J.J.'s education, experience, and professionalism have fostered his practical approach to offering sound training and advice to the Agents and Financial Services Professionals on his Teams in New Braunfels and San Antonio Texas.

Maintaining a strong family and a solid professional foundation are very important to J.J. Personal Achievements include raising his son and two daughters with his beautiful wife, Denise, of 15 years. Academic Achievements include a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from Southwest Texas State University.

Awards 2010:

  • Career Success Award
  • Case Rate Champion
  • Annuity Champion
  • Bronze Eagle Award
  • Pam Walton Agency Award
  • Rookie of the Year

Awards 2011:

  • Bronze Eagle Award
  • Annuity Champion
  • Career Life Producer
  • Million Dollar Round Table*
  • Case Rate Champion
  • Investment Annuities Champion
  • TAS Agent of the Year
  • Executive Council

Awards 2012:

  • Investment Annuities Champion
  • Million Dollar Round Table
  • President's Council
  • Annuity Champion
  • Agent of the Year

Awards 2013:

  • Pam Walton Award
  • Million Dollar Round Table*
  • Elite Annuity Champion
  • Investment Annuities Champion
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Executive Council

Awards 2014:

  • Elite Annuity Champion
  • President's Council

Mariano "Manny" Loredo

Partner

Born in San Antonio and a Graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelors of Arts in History in 2006. My main goal was to become a high school teacher and a coach and to this day carry my Composite Certification to teach High School Government, Economics, World, U.S History and Geography. But life always pushed me towards sales and business. I was a store manager at Verizon Wireless when I attended a job Fair in February of 2013, where I met Lina Garza from New York Life and let's just say the rest is History. I triggered my contract in September of 2013 and was able to win the Foundation Award for selling 100 life insurance cases in my 1st year.

Robert "Bob" Weinerman

Development Manager

Robert joined New York Life in July 2011 with the Hudson Valley General Office. He earned his Career Success award after 3 months and qualified for Quality Council in 2012 and Executive Council in 2013. He also earned a Life Allstar award in 2013 as well as being the Hudson Valley Mutual Fund leader.

Robert grew up in a small family owned retail store in the Bronx, New York, and later went into banking as a Branch Manager where he discovered his passion for the insurance industry. He has held his Life and Health license, 6, and 63 since 1998.

Robert will soon be celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his lovely bride and best friend Teresa. They have one son, Jonathan, who just turned 21, and will be a senior at the University of Miami this fall.

Mark A. Vasquez

Development Manager

Mark has spent most of his 36 years living in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife Candy have been married nearly 15 years and have 2 daughters, Katalina and Emily. Mark is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he earned a B.A. in Marketing Dec. 2008. He joined New York Life in July of 2010.Mark's passions include comic books, weight lifting, surf fishing, table tennis, Spurs Basketball, Fantasy Football, and Twilight Zone re-runs.

  • Bronze Eagle Award 2010
  • Career Development Conference August 2011
  • Career Success Award 2011
  • New Org Agent of the month November 2011
  • Case Rate Summit Qualifier 2012
  • NAIFA Quality Award 2012
  • New Org Agent of the month April, May, June 2013
  • Executive Council 2013
  • Annuity Elite Gold 2013
  • Life Allstar 2013
  • MDRT Aspirant 2013
  • NAIFA Quality Award 2013
  • Executive Council 2014
  • Annuity Elite Gold 2014
  • MDRT Aspirant 2014

Michael Willis, FLMI, AIAA, AIRC PCS, ARA

Administrative Manager

Michael started his career at New York Life in July 1998 as an Administrative Manager Trainee in the Houston General Office. He was promoted to the Administrative Manager of the West Texas General Office in April 1999 and was transferred to the same position in the Montgomery General Office in March 2002. In July 2011, Michael was promoted to the Administrative Manager position in the San Antonio General Office.

Michael earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance from Lamar University in 1995. In addition, Michael has earned several insurance industry designations, including Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), Associate, Insurance Agency Administration (AIAA), Associate, Insurance Regulatory Compliance (AIRC), Professional, Customer Service (PCS), and Associate, Reinsurance Administration (ARA).

Michael and his wife Susan live in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas and have a daughter named Katelyn.

Daniel Aranda

Partner

Daniel Aranda is a Partner in the New York Life General Office in San Antonio. As a Partner, Daniel looks to recruit and develop leadership in the San Antonio General Office as well as help agents leverage the New York Life brand through a variety of marketing resources and local events to connect more effectively with potential clients.