Maria McLendon

Maria McLendon

Maria brings 15 years of experience in advertising, sales and brand management to her position of director of retirement marketing. She is skilled in orchestrating internal and external resources to develop and implement marketing, sales promotion, advertising and public relations programs.

A creative and visionary thinker, through her career she has earned award recognition from The Public Relations Society of America and The Advertising Federation for print, web, outdoor and broadcast advertising.

Maria shares her big ideas and creativity with her husband, Aaron, and two young sons. As a family they enjoy spending time on the water and can be found boating, water skiing and knee-boarding on Lake Ray Hubbard on sunny days in Dallas.

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3 Ways to Bridge the Gender Savings Gap

When it comes to savings, the gender savings gap is huge. A recent study1 indicated that women have 50% lower savings than their male counterparts. There are a number of reasons that this disparity exists, among these are that on average women earn lower salaries than their male counterparts and will spend fewer years in the workforce. However, there are actions that women can take right now, that will help improve their savings and provide a bridge to end the gender savings gap. (more…)

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When it Comes to Planning Your Financial Future, Don’t Go it Alone.

We live in a high-tech world where information about all topics under the sun is available at your fingertips. We are moving toward self-service and automatic access to everything. I love that I can look at my checking account balance on my phone; I love that I can make dinner reservations with a couple of clicks, and I love that I can confirm a dentist appointment with a one-letter text message response.

While high-tech solutions offer tremendous convenience, some things are still much better when they are high-touch. One of these things is retirement planning and creating a financial plan for the future. (more…)

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