North Dakota, September 12, 2022 – Steven R. Hartman of the North Dakota General Office of New York Life is on the Forbes Top Financial Security Professionals Best-in-State 2022 list. Individuals named to this list of distinguished professionals have were chosen based on numerous criteria taken into account by an independent research firm. A New York Life agent for 42 years, Hartman received this recognition for helping clients in a world where preserving and protecting wealth matters more than ever. “We are honored to have Steve on this prestigious list,” said Mark O’Leary, managing partner of the North Dakota general office. “New York Life has known for some time what a valuable asset Steve is to our family and to many families and businesses in our community.” Hartman earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1984 and the Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 1987, both from the American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Red River Valley Estate Planning Council. He is also a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Hartman lives in Fargo with his wife, Linette. Data provided by SHOOK®Research, LLC. Data as of 12/31/21. Source: (July 2022). Neither SHOOK nor Forbes receives compensation for placement in its Top Financial Security Professional (FSP) rankings (including Best-In-State Financial Security Professional ranking), which are independently determined (see methodology). FSP refers to professionals duly licensed to sell life insurance and annuities. FSPs may also hold other titles and licenses that would allow them to offer investments and securities products through such licenses. The ranking algorithm is based on qualitative metrics learned through phone, virtual and in-person interviews to measure best practices, customer retention, industry experience, referrals, record review of compliance, corporate appointments; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management, sales figures and revenue generated for their businesses. Investment performance is not a criterion because clients’ goals and risk tolerances vary, and these professionals rarely have audited performance reports. Individuals should carefully choose the right PSF for their own situation and perform their own due diligence. SHOOK’s research and rankings provide opinions intended to help individuals choose the right FSP and are not indicative of future performance or representative of any particular customer’s experience. Past performance is not indicative of future results. For more information, please visit SHOOK is a registered trademark of SHOOK Research, LLC.

Sarah J. Greer