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Mike Shunney, Chief Executive Officer

Mike joined the Advocator Group, parent company of PDA, in 2014, after several months of working with the company as a strategic leadership consultant through his advisory firm Shunney and Associates, LLC. Mike brings with him over 20 years of experience as a senior executive with Sun Life Financial, including roles as P&L leader of their Employee Benefits Group and Presi­dent of U.S. Distribution. His expertise includes business strategy, particularly knowledge in distribution & sales, profit building, mergers & acquisitions, and organizational development. He is known for recognizing and rewarding talent and instilling strong competitive drive in team members to achieve organizational success. Mike graduated from Merrimack College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance. He has served on advisory boards at Mobile Health Consumer (corporate health management technology) and Assist America (global emergency travel assistance provider), on the Board of Directors for the Doug Flutie Jr. Autism Foundation and as a Trustee for Merrimack College.

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it.” - Dennis P. Kimbro

When my spare time involves being with my wife and three sons and/or my friends – especially on Cape Cod, playing golf or riding my Harley – I’m the absolute happiest!

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