John Hancock Financial Network Recognizes Leadership Across Top Independent Firms

~Awards go to leaders in Livingston, NJ, Buffalo NY, New York and Long Island, NJ~

Mar 01, 2011, 10:00 ET from John Hancock Financial Network

BOSTON, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN) recently announced the 2010 awards for leadership and client service excellence among its independent firms across the country. Those receiving JHFN's Leading with Excellence (LEX) award were:

Joseph J. Oakes, IV, Managing Partner of Acorn Financial Services, based in Livingston, NJ, was recognized with the Leading with Excellence - Trophy Award. The Trophy Award is the highest honor JHFN can bestow upon one of its independent firms. As the 2010 winner of the Trophy Award, the firm, its management team, and financial representatives have demonstrated that they consistently deliver a personalized, high touch approach to helping their clients achieve their financial goals. The firm is also recognized for its leadership excellence in building a thriving financial services firm which through its associates lives and breathes a passion for helping others.  Acorn Financial earned this distinction in 2006 and 2008 and has consistently focused on ensuring clients' financial well-being since the firm's founding in 1985. The firm has offices in Haddonfield, Paramus and Morristown, NJ as well as Yardley, PA.

Brian O'Mara, Managing Partner, and Robert Burgio, Associate Managing Partner, John Hancock Financial Network - Empire Financial Partners, based in Buffalo, NY, were recognized for the fourth year in a row by JHFN with the Leading with Excellence - Brokerage Award. This Award recognizes outstanding leadership in building and growing a successful financial services organization, maintaining a culture where financial representatives and independent brokers who work with the firm can best succeed, and demonstrating a strong commitment to providing clients with exceptional levels of service. The firm has offices in Buffalo, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, Saratoga Springs, and Binghamton, NY, and in Erie, PA, and Bridgewater, NJ.

James Kelly and Jeffrey Camps, Co-Managing Partners of Atlantic Partners Financial Group were recognized with the Leading with Excellence - Growth Award for exceptional leadership in growing a successful financial services organization, creating a culture that aligns the firm with entrepreneurial financial representatives as a strategic partner to help them build their practices based on their vision and market opportunity while demonstrating a their commitment to client service excellence.  Atlantic Partners Financial Group has offices in Manhattan and Melville, NY.

About John Hancock Financial Network

John Hancock Financial Network is a national network of independent firms with approximately 1,900 financial professionals across the U.S. A leader with the stability and scale to offer an innovative business model, John Hancock Financial Network gives entrepreneurial financial professionals the power to effectively build unique businesses, based on their own vision and market opportunity. For more information on John Hancock Financial Network and its national network of independent firms, visit

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial

John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. For more than 120 years, clients have looked to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were $475 billion (US$478 billion) as at December 31, 2010. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at

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