Our Management Team

Citlalli Rojas

Managing Partner

Citlalli Rojas was born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico. At the age of 18, she moved to South Texas to fulfill her passion for finance with a degree at the University of Texas-Pan American (now University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). She started her career with New York Life as a College-intern agent in the South Texas General Office. Citlalli was offered a full-time position after completing her studies in Business Administration with major in Finance in December 2008. She qualified for three consecutive councils. In January 2013, she was promoted to become not only one of the youngest Partners at New York Life but also the first Latina Partner in her General Office. In September 2016, she got promoted as a Senior Partner and immediately became the Managing Partner of the Inland Empire General Office, making her the only Latina in this role at the time.

Regina Velasco

Partner

Regina Velasco joined New York Life in 2010 as an agent. After working for ten years for a local credit union in various departments (property and casualty insurance, auto locating, and mortgage lending) and excelling in each of her assignments, she decided to take on a new challenge. She continued her success at New York Life by becoming a Life All Star in 2011 and 2012. Regina qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table in 2014. She has qualified for Executive Council (two premier) for four years in a row and received the Centurion Award for three years.

Manuel Hernandez

Partner

Manuel Hernandez has extensive experience working as a sales representative in different fields, including tractors, automotive, and financial services. He began his New York Life career in February 2017 as an Agent and rapidly achieved great success. He received all four awards that comprise the company's Life Award Series, which recognizes top agent performance in the first career year. Manuel is currently the only individual in the Inland Empire General Office to have accomplished this. Consequently, he was named Rookie of the Year for the Inland Empire General Office and Top 25 New Org Producer (based on Life cases) for the Pacific Agencies in 2017. Most importantly, Manuel qualified for Executive Council twice, making him part of the company's most prestigious circle of agents.

Hermann Rojas

Partner

Hermann Rojas migrated to the United States at the age of ten with his mom and two older sisters in search of the American Dream. Coming from a low-income environment, Hermann dedicated his early years to his studies in Southern California as a way to open opportunities for him and his family. Hermann has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from San Diego State University. Professionally, Hermann has been part of the leadership team to three top 500 companies. His passion for helping others and contributing to his community has opened up this tremendous opportunity to match his talents with one of the strongest, most financially secure companies in the industry. Hermann is involved in the community through different organizations working together with others to make the community a better place for future generations. Today, Hermann is living that dream; married to his beautiful wife Leilani and father to his two sons Franco and Cazador.

Jakob Braun

Director of Recruiting

Born in Kazakhstan Jakob’s family moved to Germany when he was seven years old. Consequently, he grew up in the Hamburg metro area, where he attended college and made his first steps in the financial services industry. Following a study abroad program, which marked his first ever visit to the United States, he was captivated be the American way of life and soon decided to return to further his education. He came to the United States in 2011 and never left.

Nick Luciano

Latino Market Manager

Nick Luciano joined New York Life in 2019 as the Latino Market Manager for the Inland Empire region. After graduating from Fletcher Academy, he attended Pacific Union College in California where he obtained a BBA in International Business. He began his professional journey working for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and International Decision Systems as a systems analyst and project manager. Later he transitioned to the financial services industry where he worked as a reserved district manager for Farmers Insurance recruiting agents for the Latino Market.

Patricia Rudd

Development Manager

Born and raised in Riverside, Patricia is an Inland Empire native. She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, San Bernardino in 2002. Patricia has held various positions in Sales and Business Development before coming to New York Life in 2015. She achieved Executive Council in 2017 and became a Registered Representative and Established Agent in 2018. In addition to her own professional career with New York Life, Patricia has been around the NYL family all her life as her father has held different roles as a development manager, product consultant and recently as a Senior NYLIC since 1974. Patricia lives in Riverside with her husband Michael and their two children, Logan and Madelyn. She is excited to help develop the careers of new agents as well as support the Inland Empire Office as a whole.

Jason Presley

Operations Manager

Jason started his career with New York Life as an Agent in the Los Angeles General Office. In 2012 he was hired as an Administrative Manager Trainee in the Greater Pasadena General Office and was appointed to the Inland Empire General Office as the Administrative Manager (now Operations Manager) in 2013. Jason graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Jason has earned designations as a Registered Operations Professional, Associate Customer Service (ASC), and the Associate Life Management Institute (ALMI). He currently oversees a staff of 4 and supervises all administrative functions in the General Office, including the handling of all new business, contracting and licensing and agent services. Jason is a Southern California native and currently resides in Lake Elsinore with his wife Julie and daughter Regan. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to sporting events, hiking, and doing service in the community.

Brian Molinatti

Director of Agency Standards

Brian Molinatti began his career in the financial services industry prospecting and opening new accounts at a New York Stock Exchange member firm. He went on to handle customer service and the review of new account applications for a leading online brokerage firm. Thereafter, Brian began his career in the compliance department as the compliance officer for a boutique brokerage firm. He joined New York Life in 2002 reviewing advertising and sales material in the corporate compliance department where he worked until December of 2016. In January of 2017, Brian joined the agency standard department of New York Life where he currently is the Director of Agency Standards for the Inland Empire and San Diego offices. Brian has an MBA in General Management and holds the FINRA series 4, 7, 24, 55 and 63 securities licenses.

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