81-year-old Allen man celebrates 60 years with same company

(From left) Northwestern Mutual – Dallas Managing Partner Tait Cruse, CLU; Financial Representative Jack McGrael, and Hugh McFadden, CLU, Managing Director of Northwestern Mutual’s Park Cities office.

Good People: Jack McGrael

Financial representative services more than 350 active clients at Northwestern Mutual

In this age when people seem to have little loyalty to the company for which they work, and companies seem more focused on the bottom line than building relationships, it is extremely rare to find someone who has worked for the same company for more than 50 years.

Jack McGrael of Allen is celebrating 60 years with Northwestern Mutual. And he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

“I was recruited by Northwestern Mutual when I was 21 and still in college,” said the 81-year-old financial representative. “I completed my degree in corporate finance at Arizona University in Tucson. I had some success in Arizona, and was asked to go to the home office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Then, in 1963, I came to Dallas as an assistant to a General Agent. At the time, Northwestern Mutual was one of only three insurance companies in Dallas.”

Today, McGrael services more than 350 active clients. When asked about retiring he says, “I want to make sure my clients are taken care of, so I keep working.”

His advice to youth today: “Focus on what you enjoy, and build relationships with people you like and trust. If you find yourself working someplace you really don’t like, then move on. But I always liked the people with whom I was working. And I’ve made a very good living in this industry.”

McGrael spent two years in the Air Force at the end of the Korean War, then served another four years in the National Guard. He and his wife Sharon have been married 13 years. He has three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He recently accompanied about 20 Boy Scouts on a camping trip. He also volunteers for the YMCA.

McGrael works in the Park Cities office of Northwestern Mutual.

The Texas Financial Group

Dallas has been providing quality financial service to clients since 1958 when the first North Texas office was established. The current Managing Partner, Tait Cruse, leads more than 150 Financial Representatives committed to providing the highest level of service to all policyowners. The firm specializes in personal analysis, business analysis, investment services, disability income insurance, estate analysis, employee and executive benefit services and long-term care insurance.

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

Story by David Alvey. Photos by Rhiannon Lee.

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