PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Mattoon native Jon Henderson has retired after 40 years with MassMutual and he was honored recently for his dedication at the company's annual management conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

A 1979 graduate of Northwestern University, Henderson first joined MassMutual in sales and became a district manager before taking over the Peoria distribution franchise in 1990. In 1998, he moved to lead the Pittsburgh, Pa. agency, one of the 80 distribution centers for the Fortune 100 company based in Springfield, Mass.

Under his leadership, the Pittsburgh office grew to more than 100 registered representatives with 30 managers and staff. Henderson’s group lead MassMutual in executive benefit sales for 14 years and was the second largest disability insurance agency 18 times.

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Active in industry leadership, Henderson served as president of both Central Illinois (1997-1998) and Pittsburgh (2007-2008) chapters of Chartered Life Underwriters & Chartered Financial Consultants. He also served as president of MassMutual’s General Agents’ Association (2003-2004).

In retirement, Henderson and his wife of 33 years, Julie (Knott) Henderson, plan to travel the country visiting their 3 daughters — Kendra (Seattle), Natalie (Minneapolis), and Vreni (Houston).

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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861. Follow him on Twitter: @TheRobStroud



Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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