Michael R. Watson with MassMutual Carolinas Hickory Receives Live Mutual Award


HICKORY, N.C.  – MassMutual Carolinas, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), has presented Michael R. Watson – a financial advisor in the firm’s Hickory office – with its inaugural “MassMutual Carolinas Live Mutual” Award.

Watson is the second recipient of this award, which recognizes an advisor who is a brand ambassador for MassMutual Carolinas and lives out the firm’s core values – growth, balance, authenticity, conviction and stewardship.

“I am passionate about working at MassMutual Carolinas, serving our clients and giving back to our community, so this recognition from my colleagues and the firm is a tremendous honor,” said Watson.

With MassMutual Carolinas since July, 2016, Watson earned his Master of Church Music in Oboe Performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) and his Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from Furman University (Greenville, SC).

Watson locally serves as Director of Hickory Rings!, a community Handbell Ensemble, as a Board Member of the United Arts Council of Catawba County, as President of the Hickory Music Club,  and as President of the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church.

“Mike organizes a weekly group that goes to local nursing homes where he and his group sing hymns to the shut-ins. Most of the shut-ins are elderly women that receive no visitors, or only an occasional relative from out of town.  When the singing starts, they sing along as best they can, remembering the hymns and songs of their youth.  Many are in tears. It is an incredible experience, and Mike leads that charge every week.” said David Wachter, Managing Director of MassMutual Carolinas.

Mike both lives and works in the Hickory area and can be contacted at (828) 569-1010 or michaelwatson@financialguide.com.

About MassMutual Carolinas

MassMutual Carolinas specializes in a broad spectrum of financial services that enables the firm to offer comprehensive strategies to individuals, families and businesses for risk management, asset allocation, estate planning, cash flow and wealth accumulation.

Securities products and services are offered through qualified registered representatives of MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC. 4350 Congress Street, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28209. (704) 557-9600. The firm serves clients in North and South Carolina. More information is available at https://carolinas.massmutual.com/.

Founded in 1851, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyholders. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyholders consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(K) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company's strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.

About MassMutual:

MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. MassMutual offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, annuities, retirement plans and other employee benefits. For more information, visit www.massmutual.com.

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Chelsea Smith – MassMutual Carolinas – 704-557-9600

Jenni Walker – Walker PR Group – 704-649-6571



 Michael Watson

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