Our Team

Marlyn L. McClain

Marlyn L. McClain is the founder and CEO of MASTERS Financial & Insurance Group, LLC. He has been an agent with New York Life Insurance Company since 1970 and is one of only a handful of NYL agents to have achieved the celebrated Chairman’s Council for more than 30 consecutive years.

Shortly after joining New York Life, Marlyn worked in the Denver, CO, General Office as part of the management team. Realizing his true calling is working with clients to provide sophisticated estate and retirement planning techniques, Marlyn returned to Iowa in 1977 and hasn’t slowed down since. His clients have rewarded this dedication to top quality, effective business practices with nearly 100% loyalty over the years.

In addition to maintaining long-term relationships with his clients, Marlyn enjoys speaking nationally and internationally about effective time management and financial and insurance planning. He has been an active member of the Omaha Association of Life Underwriters since 1978 and is a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Marlyn also works with the estate planning professionals at the T.S. Bank’s trust department, as well as the:

  • Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce
  • Omaha Chamber of Commerce
  • Council Bluffs Estate Planning Council

Marlyn has achieved numerous awards and accolades, including Lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Round Table.* He is consistently named to the Court of the Table, most recently in 2013, and the prestigious Top of the Table, the highest status of MDRT membership, recognizing exceptional professional knowledge, client service and ethical conduct, most recently in 2011.

He also has earned the National Quality Award and the National Sales Achievement Award every year he has been in business.

Marlyn is a charter member of The Nautilus Group®, a service of New York Life Insurance Company, and has been a Nautilus Plus member since 2001, allowing him and his clients access to concierge level business and estate planning support available only for the top 25 Nautilus Members throughout the country. The Nautilus Group is an exclusive service provided by an elite team of experienced professionals with credentials in law, taxation, accounting, business, insurance, finance and philanthropic planning.

When he is not sharing ideas and best practices with his colleagues, Marlyn gives back to his community. His firm is the title sponsor of the “MASTERS Classic” Golf Tournament, held each summer to benefit local charities, and he currently participates with:

  • Deaf Missions (board member)
  • Deaf Child Hope (board member)
  • Church activities and missions

Born and raised in Iowa, Marlyn resides in Council Bluffs with his wife, Diane. Between them they have three sons and seven grandchildren, and enjoy traveling, music, photography and sports – especially watching their grandkids participate in their various activities.

*The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.