SOURCE: Cypress Financial Group, an office of MetLife

Cypress Financial Group, an office of MetLife

October 15, 2013 07:00 ET

Gil Cohen of MetLife Earns Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) Designation, Finacial Planning's Highest Standard

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) -  Gil Cohen, Market Leader, MetLife's Cypress Financial Group, has earned the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) professional designation form the American College, Bryn Mawr, PA.

Candidates for the ChFC® designation must complete a minimum of eight courses and 16 hours of supervised examinations. They must also fulfill stringent experience and ethics requirements. Over 50,000 individuals have been awarded the ChFC® designation since its inception in 1982.

As one of the premier designations in the financial planning industry, the ChFC® program prepares professionals to meet the advanced financial needs of individuals, professionals and small-business owners. ChFCs® can identify and establish specific goals for a customer, then formulate, implement and monitor a comprehensive plan to help the customer achieve those goals. Individuals who earn a ChFC® can provide advice on a broad range of financial topics including financial planning, wealth accumulation and estate planning strategies, tax-advantaged strategies, life and health insurance, business succession planning, investments and retirement planning.

Gil Cohen started his career with MetLife in 1994, as a Financial Services Representative. Gil was promoted into management within his first three years with the company, first as a territory director for disability sales, and then to agency management. Currently he is the Market Leader of Cypress Financial Group, which is one of the largest financial services firms in the tri-county area with over 200 representatives, managers and support staff. Throughout his career, Gil has been honored for focusing on the needs of clients, running a profitable business, building a strong infrastructure, and serving as an example of overall excellence. Most recently, the South Florida Business Journal named Gil as "Broward Ultimate CEO" and named the agency in their Best Places to Work annual survey. Cypress was also named a GAMA Master Firm. GAMA created the Master Firm Award to recognize those agencies that have met or exceeded $7,600,000 in commissions. The 2013 award was based on the 125 highest commission credit figures received by GAMA for the 2012 qualification. Applicants must be GAMA International members in good standing, and GAMA accepts only applications from a main or central office representing an entire agency

The American College is dedicated to leadership in innovative training and development that helps financial services companies and their employees succeed. As a non-profit educational institution holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valuable business partner to banks, brokerages firms, insurance companies and other for more than 82 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit

Cypress Financial Group has its main location in Fort Lauderdale, with offices in Coral Gables, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Plantation. For additional information on Gil Cohen and Cypress Financial Group, call (954) 331-5100 or visit  

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC) is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving over 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

Some health insurance products offered by unaffiliated insurers through the Enterprise General Insurance Agency Inc., (EGA) 300 Davidson Avenue Somerset, NJ 08873-4175. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC), New York, NY 10166. Securities products and investment advisory services offered by MetLife Securities, Inc. (MSI) (member FINRA/SIPC), and a registered investment advisor, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. MLIC, MSI and the EGA are MetLife Companies. L1013346273[exp1214][FL]

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