Shelton financial services firm wins management award

Barnum Financial Group of Shelton, an office of MetLife, has been named MetLife’s 2012 Firm of the Year. The company also was awarded MetLife’s highest management honor, the 2012 Individual Distribution Firm of the Year.

Barnum Financial Group had been led by Paul Blanco, managing director, since 1993.

Paul LaPiana, a MetLife senior vice president, said the award “is an indication of Barnum Financial Group’s commitment to the highest levels of performance that a financial services firm can achieve.

"It’s also an indication of the leadership ability of Paul Blanco, whose disciplined approach to management has enabled the firm to demonstrate time and again its dedication to understanding clients’ needs and providing the best possible holistic solutions on what matters to them most," LaPiana said.

Serves over 160,000 clients

Barnum Financial Group provides a full range of investment and risk management products and services to more than 160,000 clients, including individuals, small businesses, corporations, government entities and nonprofit organizations. The firm has 255 advisors at offices in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. It was established in 1950.

The Barnum Financial Group headquarters at 6 Corporate Drive, Shelton. For information call 888-712-2310 or go to

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