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Queensland Financial Adviser First in Australia to Lead International Association as 93rd President

BRISBANE, Queensland (Aug. 31, 2018) - MDRT appoints Ross Vanderwolf, CFP, SSA, Dip FP, to President of the organisation’s Executive Committee. Vanderwolf, managing director of Rothgard Financial Partners, will be the 93rd President of MDRT and the first-ever Australian to hold the position. Vanderwolf will succeed 44-year member James D. Pittman, CLU, CFP who will transition to Immediate Past President.

In his new role, Vanderwolf will work closely with the Executive Committee to maintain the association’s strict professional and ethical standards, as well as provide a unique mix of networking and resources to help members broaden their expertise, grow their businesses and educate clients about the importance of financial planning.

“To be MDRT goes beyond simply achieving a production requirement, it means joining a global community where we strive to succeed based on MDRT’s deep-rooted tradition of shared learning for the betterment of our clients, organization, peers and the financial services industry,” said Vanderwolf. “I’m honored to carry on the legacy as President and lead more than 66,000 of the world's top financial services professionals on the path to personal and professional growth each year.”

As a 37-year industry veteran and 31-year MDRT member with nine Court of the Table and eight Top of the Table qualifications, Vanderwolf exemplifies what it means to be MDRT and continually strive for growth. His other MDRT leadership roles include service as Divisional Vice President of the 2014 Membership Division, the 2013 Annual Meeting Program Development Division, and the 2008 and 2009 Member Communication Committees. He has also served on the Finance Committee and as a Trustee for the MDRT Foundation. In addition, he has presented at MDRT meetings and volunteered for MDRT Foundation service projects.

Vanderwolf, a three-time nominee for the Australia Financial Adviser Association’s Adviser of the Year award, has been repeatedly recognized for his philosophy of giving back to the industry. A Platinum Knight level donor to the MDRT Foundation, Vanderwolf has given back to many areas in great need, such as educating underserved communities, social security and arts. He was also awarded AXA Financial Advice Network's State Adviser of the Year in 2002 and 2007 and National Adviser of the Year in 2007.

About MDRT

Founded in 1927, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 62,000 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 69 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information, please visit mdrt.org and follow them on Twitter @MDRtweet

For more information:

Brittany Lange
Phone: +847.993.4955
Email: blange@mdrt.org
Tori Unger
G&S Business Communications
Phone: +312.648.6700, ext. 2124
Email: tunger@gscommunications.com

After 31 years of membership, Ross Vanderwolf, managing director of Rothgard Financial Partners, will serve as the 93rd President of MDRT.