Andy Bluestone

Our collection of material and articles which will help you master the art of successful networking.

Business Experiences


Andy has many attributes and assets as a high level CEO in financial services. Andy has fashioned his talent and focus on developing and training a powerful, productive sales team through a variety of Networking skills.


As a Certified Financial Planner and President of Selective Benefits Group, Andy currently provides retirement planning advisory services with over $78M under his management.


His licenses include life, health and FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, and 63. Andy has published numerous articles in trade publications.


Andrew is an alumnus of the Presidents' Program in Leadership at the Harvard Business School. He received his CFP from the College of Financial Planning and completed his bachelor's degree at Hofstra University earning a B.S. in Finance and Economics.


Personal Highlights


Andy currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Farleigh Dickinson University Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship.


His awards of recognition include the National Management Quality Award as well as numerous sales awards from various insurance companies. Andrew is a Lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table.


Andy is a founding member of Project Acorn of Morris County in New Jersey. Now known as Preschool Advantage, the nonprofit offers pre-school scholarships for needy youngsters. Additionally, Andy is an active member and past Chapter Chairman of New Jersey Young Presidents' Organization, a business network with over 19,000 members. Recognized by the international recognition of YPO Legacy for community leadership.

Relationship Development: What is a Network?

Relationship Development: What is a Network?
What is a Network? A network is a group of people with links to one another. These links are most common through work, career activities, family, neighbors, friends, community, religion - the list keeps going on. An aspect that clearly defines and differentiates the connections in your network is the support system. People in the same network lend support, give advice, and are available for friendship and help. Think of it as a circle within many other circles that are often connected by influencers who know one another through your network. Your network Your network is constantly flowing with the sharing of information, ideas, contacts, and common experiences. The more attention you give to your network, the more powerful the sharing of information becomes - leading to more connections and fulfilling relationships. Like an atom, a network requires activity to create cause & effect. Activity generates an action that will lead to a chain of activity for all the network members. It starts with communication - the power of your network. The most profound communication comes in the form of being a resource; being proactive by looking for ways to pass along what you know to your network circle. As the...
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11 Networking Skills Learned Along The Way

Recently, we had lunch with a highly-successful partner in a boutique, full service law firm. We were sharing networking stories & experiences and telling him about the networking and relationship development coaching provided by our firm, Bluestone+Killion. He "gets it" and is obviously a skilled networker in his own right. He has developed a substantial book of business using his networking & relationship development skills. We hit it off immediately. I am sure we will be sharing connections starting almost immediately. But mid-way through our discussion, he asked: "Do you think you can teach and coach professionals and business leaders to be strong networkers and relationship developers?" We were astounded when we realized he was serious. He didn't believe that other professionals who are less experienced and less active networkers could be taught these critical skills. What do you think? Please share your thoughts with us on our blog. Our coaching experiences We know that professionals and business people can be taught to be much more effective networkers & relationship developers. We know that those with these skills can really drive new business for their organizations. On a personal note, over the years both of us have learned & worked hard...
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How to Find the Hire You Want by Networking

The fact is, someone you know knows just the person you need If I were looking to recruit exceptional people, I would forget about advertising on recruiting sites (unless I loved reviewing hundreds or thousands of irrelevant resumes) or going through a search firm. The way I would find my new talented people is the way I have found hundreds of them over the years: by networking. I network consistently and get real benefits from it. I learn a lot about a lot of things. I learn about new opportunities. And I get to meet amazing people. As the owner of my own businesses, I have a huge advantage vs. corporate types when it comes to networking: my schedule is mine to control. This means I can network with relevant people in my talent search whenever it works best for me. I can meet for breakfast, for lunch, for afternoon coffee, or for dinner. I can meet Monday through Friday or on the weekend. (Hint: one way to weed out candidates is to suggest meeting at unusual times. Sometimes suggesting a Saturday morning initial meeting is enough to flush out the weaker applicants.) My Never-Fail Networking Process First, define as closely...
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Wrestling to Find a Network

When my son was young he was actively involved in the community youth sports programs. Dylan loved soccer, baseball and basketball, and I enjoyed attending and coaching his baseball games while watching him grow as an athlete and teammate. At the middle and high school levels many kids drop out of sports programs as they begin to realize they are not as talented as some of their peers. Dylan too began to recognize that his skills were merely average compared to friends who were starting to excel in baseball, his preferred sport. As a matter of practice, in my family we have family standards; school work and doing your best to get good grades is a priority, playing an instrument, community involvement and participating in sports is mandatory. None of my kids are star athletes, but good enough to qualify for teams of choice. More importantly they are all academically successful and actively involved in extra-curricular and community activities. Dylan, the last of my three, when leaving middle school proclaimed that baseball was going to be his sport in high school. He realized the competition was tough, that he would struggle to make the team, and that he may even sit...
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