Hardship takes backseat to success, New York Life names Leek
Cool Springs businesswoman Wallene T. Leek, LUTCF, LTCP, agent with New York Life Insurance Company and a registered representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) a licensed insurance agency, has been elected to New York Life Insurance Company’s Agents Advisory Council (AAC).
Founded in 1946, the AAC is a prominent group of 24 New York Life agents elected by their peers to communicate the issues and perspectives of their fellow agents. They work in tandem with senior management for their mutual benefit, determining how to provide the best products and services to the company’s policyholders and beneficiaries.
Leek, a New York Life agent for 12 years, was elected to the prestigious council earlier this fall at an educational conference. Leek becomes only the second agent to be elected from the Nashville General Office, located in Franklin.
"To be selected for the Agents Advisory Council is one the highest honors a New York Life agent can earn,” Leek explains. “AAC membership allows me to 'pay forward' to New York Life for the blessings of a 12-plus year career."
Life Insurance Selling magazine in its October 2008 cover story entitled "Schooled in the Classroom of Life," published this about Leek.
"In her years between college and entering the financial services business, Wallene got the kind of 'training' no company can provide, earning an advanced degree in….Life."
Leek experienced young widowhood, a protracted episode of long-term care with her mother, a new marriage and blended family and a special needs grandchild.
Owner of DockeryLeek Wealth Strategies in Franklin, Leek’s firm is based in Cool Springs at 840 Crescent Centre Drive.
Her late-starting, but lifelong, career in life insurance and financial services was inspired by her own life experience, spurred by the wisdom of her late husband, Rex Dockery.
A football player at the University of Tennessee, and later a winning head coach at Texas Tech and the University of Memphis, Dockery was tragically killed in a private plane crash in 1983. With a family, including their two young sons, Trey and Dee, her husband had the foresight to provide for his family with permanent life insurance.
Her book, Only As One—The Words and Wisdom of Rex Dockery, about her husband’s coaching philosophy and motivational messages to his players, launched a career as a professional motivational speaker, where she connected with New York Life in life skills workshops in the 1980s.
Relocating to Nashville for her marriage to Tommy Leek, whom she first met in college as a fellow cheerleader, she accepted her current position in March 2001.
Leek earned New Agent of the Year honors for the Nashville office in 2002, and is a past member the Million Dollar Round Table#. She qualified for the company's Executive Council for nine years and the President's Council for one year. Her professional designations include Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) and Long-Term Care Professional (LTCP).
Leek is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Financial Service Professionals in Nashville, the Board of Directors of the Martin Chair of Insurance for the state of Tennessee and the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Mid-South Chapter. She has served on the Board of Trustees for Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville.
At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Leek earned a bachelor of science journalism degree, then went on to become a successful weather reporter and morning show television host.
Her son Trey Dockery and his family reside in Franklin, and another son Dee Dockery, M.D., lives in Memphis, Tenn. with his family.
Posted on: 10/31/2013