My Team

When you became my client, you placed your trust in me to help make your vision a reality. I honor that trust with the help of my expert support staff. Together, we make a strong commitment to customer service.

If at any time you have a question, concern or need, please let us know.


Maria Elena Benton, MBA

Director of Planning and Investment Operations
Office 518-822-9576

Maria Elena joined John Jacobs' team in 2013. She is responsible for coordinating all case prep for our Life Insurance clients. From the preparation of comprehensive financial plans, to initiating the application process and coodinating underwriting and closing, Maria Elena assists with all phases of implementation and makes sure that what we promise is delivered in a timely manner.

Maria Elena earned her Bachelor's Degree in Busines Administration in Mexico City and her MBA from SUNY Albany. She is FINRA Series 6 and 63 licensed, as well as life and health insurance licensed.

Maria Elena resides in Claverack, NY with her husband Tom. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, participating in trivia games, going to the movies and traveling domestically and internationally.

Joseph Maru

Joseph Maru

Director of Insurance Operations and Services
Office 518-822-9576

Joe has been an integral part of the team since joining in June of 2019. He is responsible for client marketing, scheduling, and the implementation of core insurance planning. He has 25-years of career experience in financial services including sales, home office management and brokerage roles. Joe is Life and Health insurance licensed in 15 states and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University.

Joe lives in Clifton Park with his significant other, Melissa, and her son Austin. He is an avid golfer who has been making an annual pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach for over 20 years. He also enjoys family camping in the summer and watching sports year-round.


L Renee Carter

Office 518-822-9576

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