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BUILD’s goal is to create a home at National Life Group for the ongoing leadership development of Black financial services agents as part of our commitment ​to positively impact the Black community.

At National Life Group, we are a mission-driven and purpose-filled business. Our mission extends well beyond the insurance and annuity policies that we offer. Our cause is a very simple one: Do good within our industry, in our communities, and with the individual families we serve. Out of that spirit, we are excited to sponsor BUILD, a National Life community committed to business equity and empowering the underserved and underrepresented.


Blacks Uplifted in Leadership Development, or BUILD, was chartered to commit to the increase of Black agents and leaders in our industry. According to Marsh, only 4% of independent agencies have an African American principal or senior manager. This lack of representation can interfere with our ability to effectively reach and create connections with a diverse and growing prospective audience.

Create access for Leadership and development from Black agents and communities

Provide community empowerment and business equity

Connect. Educate. Revolutionize.

BUILD is dedicated to:

  1. The professional and personal development of Black agents and agencies.
  2. Creating resources to educate and advance the African American community, through Black agents and non-Black agents, on the value of life insurance with living benefits.

We invite you to join us as catalysts of change. Working together we can impact local communities and create stronger leaders, develop deeper community connections, and build stronger financial foundations for everyone.

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Meet the Team

Coming together from both of National Life’s distribution channels, meet the founders of BUILD.

NeAndre Broussard

NeAndre Broussard is a co-founder of National Life’s initiative B.U.I.L.D., Blacks Uplifted in Leadership Development. As a Key Account Representative he focuses on recruiting, educating, and motivating independent marketing organizations and agencies. NeAndre is well known for effectively outlining complicated advanced sales concepts into easy-to-understand stories that help agents offer them to clients.
A true believer in the Do Good value of National Life, NeAndre is also the founder of a social organization focused on changing the Black male narrative called Black Menswear. NeAndre is also a very involved community member, frequently volunteering and creating change for the next generation. He’s a Southern Methodist University graduate, and he enjoys playing, watching, and coaching sports. He is based in Dallas, TX, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

James Q. Dean

James Q. Dean is a co- founder of National Life Group’s initiative B.U.I.L.D., Blacks Uplifted in Leadership Development. As the President and Founder of JD Financial Group and Associates Inc, Dean’s firm provides services in the area of Business Coaching, Business Valuation, Personal Finance, Retirement Planning Income and Insurance as a Proud Partner of National Life Group.
James has been with National Life Group for 3 years serving a dual role of Managing Director for both National Life Group and the Summit Advisory Group in North Carolina.
James is an active member of his church, serving within the ministry as a volunteer in both leadership and mentoring for the community. He has coached youth basketball on various levels to include intramural and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) .He also serves as a volunteer and board advisor for non-profits in the community. Currently, He is launching his own non-profit designed to empower disenfranchised communities. James serves as a guest lecturer at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) as well is a member of the School of Business Advisory Board. James considers it an honor to be a husband and father; among his various other roles, these are by far his greatest accomplishments yet.

BUILD is a National Life Group Community

National Life Group® is a trade name of National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier, VT in 1848, Life Insurance Company of the Southwest, Addison, TX, chartered in 1955, and their affiliates. Each company of National Life Group is solely responsible for its own financial condition and contractual obligations. Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is not an authorized insurer in New York and does not conduct insurance business in New York. The companies of National Life Group® and their representatives do not offer tax or legal advice. For advice concerning your own situation, please consult with your appropriate professional advisor.

Living benefits may be provided by riders, which are supplemental benefits that can be added to a life insurance policy and are not suitable unless you also have a need for life insurance. Riders are optional, may require additional premium and may not be available in all states or on all products.


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