Leadership Team

Please feel free to contact one of our management team members to learn more about New York Life

 Mychael Nguyen
Managing Partner 
(713) 961-4545

Winning in any organization begins with the attitude and tone set by its leadership and coaches. Through a clear vision, quality people, hard work and teamwork the Houston General Office has become one of the premier offices in our industry.
Service and teamwork is at the heart of the Houston mission, serving clients and policyholders while providing an environment and opportunity for our Agents, Management and Staff to grow professionally. 
Mehmood N. Daya, LUTCF 
Senior Partner  
(281) 295-2705  
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to look for it.  Mehmood Daya, a quiet, very involved and committed individual, not only exudes the qualities required to be successful but also brings out those qualities in the people around him as demonstrated by the success of those he has brought into the business. 
Mehmood's insurance experience, ability to speak 5 languages, and exceptional educational background, make him a very valuable member of our team as well as the community.
Mehmood has a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Middle Eastern History from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies from McGill University.  He is actively involved in various institutions, including Asian American organizations, the South Asian Chamber of Commerce and the General Agents and Managers Association.  He is married to Zarin and they have three boys. 



Blake McKiney
Senior Partner



Blake McKinney just finished his 21st year with New York Life Insurance Company has found success hiring individuals from various backgrounds. He resides in Katy and is aggressively growing the New York Life footprint up and down the West Grand Parkway from Spring to Katy to Sugarland.

Blake began his career as an agent in the Houston General Office in 1996. He found his niche working with educators, specifically coaches, and with pre-retirees and retirees in the energy corridor. In 1999, Blake began his career in management in Houston quickly being recongnized as a Top 25 Sales Manager in the company. In 2001, he was promoted to Senior Partner and in 2006 accepted a transfer to run the Greater Oregon General Office as the Managing Partner.

After twelve fun and successful years in Oregon, Blake made the decision to return home to Texas and assist with the extrodinary growth of the Houston General Office. Blake was born and raised in West Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University. He taught math and coached high school football and baseball in Amarillo and Katy before launching a career in financial services. Blake and Andrea have been married for over 28 years and have 3 children – Braxton, Lillie and Dane.



Minh Truong 
Senior Partner
(713) 624-6723


Minh has been with NYL for over 20 years and has been instrumental with building the Vietnamese Market Nationwide for the company. Minh was born and raised in Vietnam. After his graduation from Pedagogy University, he could not do anything better for his life under the communism, he decided to escape from his country for freedom and opportunities. He successfully escaped by himself to Malaysia in 1987. He came to US in 1988, without English, money, and relatives, he rebuilt his life by doing many entry level jobs. Quickly he became a successful social worker in Santa Clara County, CA.

He joined NYL in 1989 at the San Francisco GO. He moved to the Orlando GO in 2004. He was promoted to Partner in 2008 and was awarded as a top 50 Partner in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He was promoted to Senior Partner in 2016 and joined the Houston Team in 2018.

He is married to Thuy Tran and has 3 sons: Bryan, Benjamin, and Benedict.



Gustavo Cuellar

(713) 624-6465

Gus joined New York Life in January 1999. He became a Partner in 2001 and quickly distinguished himself as one of the leading Partners in the Company.

In 2010 he accepted a position with New York Life International and was a Zone Director for Mexico City. He began his international assignment by developing and promoting the New York Life brand with Seguros Monterrey New York Life.

After his three year assignment, Gus returned to the United States and was a Corporate Vice President for Team Latino of the West Central Zone. There he was responsible for 11 Market Managers in recruiting, developing and promoting Latinos into New York Life. Upon completion of this assignment, his zone was ranked number 1 in recruiting.

He has now returned home to the Houston general Office as a Partner to continue his path in recruiting, developing and promoting sales minded entrepreneurs into New York Life.

Long Duong
(832) 666 - 6869

Long graduated from Saigon Technology University in Vietnam with a Civil Engineer Degree. He came to the USA in December 2011. In November 2014, he started his career as an agent with New York Life and quickly qualified for Executive Council 2015 within his first 6 months. He again qualified for Executive Council in 2016 and 2017. 

After his third Executive Council, he took on a new challenge and become an Associate Partner. His role is to hire and develop quality individuals who are interested in a career with New York Life. He is passionate in helping people reach their goals. Good communication skills, marketing skills and high creativity, combined with professional experience, helps him guide his team to achieve their target goals.