Management Team

Allen Williams

Senior Partner
(314) 567-9080
ajwilliams02@newyorklife.com

Biography

Allen was born and raised in the St. Louis area where graduated from CBC high school and then obtained his bachelor's and master’s degrees from Webster University. In 2003, Allen joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served as a member of the Tactical Operations Unit as well as a detective in the Bureau of Drug Enforcement. Before leaving law enforcement, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the North County Precinct.

In 2013 Allen began a career in Financial Services wanting to help protect the financial future of his fellow police officers and their families. Allen’s dedication to serve the community resulted in him becoming the 2015 Life Case Rate leader out of the entire St. Louis General Office. In 2016 Allen was promoted to Partner of the firm.  In 2022, Allen was promoted to Senior Partner. 

 

Brandon Kohnen

Partner
(314) 567-9080
bmkohnen@newyorklife.com

Biography

Born and raised in Saint Louis, Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2010, after playing collegiate football at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.    

Professionally, Brandon joined the New York Life in June of 2011 shortly after graduation.  Brandon spent nearly 6 years as Agent achieving 4 consecutive Executive Council Qualifications.  Brandon joined the Management Team in the Saint Louis General Office in April of 2017, and was promoted to Partner shortly after. 

Brandon is married to his lovely wife, Amanda.  They met in high school, and have been married since 2014.  In August of 2017, they welcomed their daughter, Charlotte, into their family. In September of 2019, they welcomed their son, William.  Brandon comes from a very large family, and is a huge fan of Cardinal Baseball.  In his free time, he enjoys playing softball and golf, boating, camping, and traveling.  

 

 

 

Craig Poe

Partner
(314) 567-9080
cwpoe@newyorklife.com

Biography

Craig graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011.  Shortly after he began his professional career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he spent 9 years totaling his time in the hospitality industry at 14 years. 

Craig joined New York Life in 2020 as a Financial Services Professional.  He arrived with a passion for helping those in the service industry find financial independence.  Craig was able to grow his business to qualify for President’s Council within the first 10 months with the company which resulted in his promotion to the management team in the fall of 2021.  He was promted to the Partner position in early 2022.

Outside of work Craig spends his time with his wife, Marie, and their daughter who was born in February of 2021.  The family enjoys traveling, playing golf, attending a Cardinals game, and just being outside.  When not spending time with his family, Craig has a passion for classic cars, specifically his 1970 Chevelle muscle car.

 

 

Michael P. Brutton, CLU, LUTCF

Senior Development Manager
(314) 567-9080
mpbrutton@ft.newyorklife.com

Biography

Mike started his New York Life career in April 2002 as an agent in the Saint Louis General Office.  Between 2002 and 2007, Mike achieved council 4 times and was an MDRT member in 2006^.  In September of 2007, Mike accepted the position of Development Manager in the Saint Louis G.O.  Mike is a sought after resource and speaker, and considers it his job to help those around him grow in all areas of life. 

In his free time, Mike enjoys sharing his life with his wife Amy, and their 3 children.  The kids keep Mike and Amy busy running from event to event, but they always enjoy spending time together as a family.  

^MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.

Charles Bright, LUTCF

Director of Agency Standards
(314) 567-9080
ccbright@ft.newyorklife.com

Biography

Charlie Bright started his professional career as a university professor with a passion for changing lives.  In 2008, he joined New York Life as an agent, and switched from teaching English to educating clients about insurance and financial planning issues.  In 3 years, he achieved multiple honors including New Associate of the Year and one of the company's top honors of President's Council, quickly ascending to the top 10% of the agents in the United States.  In 2012, Charlie was promoted, becoming a Partner in the St. Louis office.

Charlie credits his success to the New York Life training program and the incredible support of his wife, Jill.  He attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he worked in the Math and English departments and taught for the Pierre Laclede Honors College.  He holds two degrees, carries FINRA Series 7, 24, 6, and 63 licenses, is a 2-term local President of Business Networking International, and holds the LUTCF designation.

 Outside of the office, Charlie has a lifelong passion for travel and theatre.  Since 2008, he and Jill have attended performances across the world, with favorite venues in Broadway and London.  Charlie and Jill moved to Kirkwood in 2011, and are active supporters of Cancer Support Community, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.