Management Team

Please feel free to contact one of our management team members to learn more about New York Life
Robert McKinley
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 it’s clients and policyholders while providing and environment and opportunity for our Agents, Management and Staff to grow professionally. 
At the Houston General Office it is a family affair and the winning tradition continues.
Rob is married to Michelle, a former New York Life Agent and Partner. He also has two daughters that are associated with New York Life.

Mehmood N. Daya, LUTCF 
Executive 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. 



Domingo Pilarte 
(713) 499-7643

Domingo began his professional sales career over twenty years ago after serving in the United States Marine Corps for five years. Prior to joining New York Life in 2014 Domingo owned and managed his own General Insurance Agency where he trained and mentored over 200 agents in the last 15 years.  In addition to his work force accomplishments, Domingo has traveled throughout Latin and South America conducting leadership conferences and serving in missionary work.

 In 2015 Domingo was promoted to Partner in the Houston General Office for New York Life.  Domingo is married to Diana A Pilarte and together they have six children and one grandchild.  One of their sons currently serves in the United States Marine Corps; their twin boys are both professional fighters, one in boxing the other in Mixed Martial Arts; one daughter works in a downtown law firm; another daughter is married and her husband serves in the United States Air Force and their oldest daughter is currently in Medical School in Philadelphia.  Besides the unlimited income and advancement potential, the main reason Domingo joined New York Life is his passion to help agents achieve their fullest potential.


Salim Fidai

(281) 295-2768

There are those who are bosses and then there are those who are leaders. Salim Fidai is a dedicated and committed leader who also leads by example. Salim has been in the sales industry for more than 30 years. He came to the USA in 2009 and he entered the Insurance Field in 2010. He was a hard working agent, who was also awarded Rookie of the year for the Houston General Office. His vision just didn't stop there. His ability to go after the best and become better each day, led him in the opportunity of being a Partner in the Company. His strong background in sales, and public relations has led him to his success and given him the privilege to share the same with the agents in his unit. He is loved by his peers, his clients, and team members. He is also fluent in 3 languages. Salim and his wife Navina have three children.  



Krystal Robb
(713) 963-4266

Krystal Macias started her career as a successful agent in 2011, and quickly demonstrated natural leadership amongst her peers. She was identified as one who would contribute to the vibrancy of the Houston General Office and was asked to be Partner in 2015. Her education at the University of Houston has given her a unique and insightful perspective in business that is blended well with her deep personal convictions to approach problems in a holistic fashion. 

You will find Krystal’s zeal for life to be contagious, and may spot her down the hallway whistling or singing.  She currently holds a finance degree from the University of Houston, with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  In addition, she is currently attending Rice University to obtain her CFP.

Krystal’s graceful demeanor places people at ease, allowing her the opportunity to build lasting relationships with those she comes in contact with. This quality will prove to be invaluable as she aspires to effect positive change for our agents and their families. She is a true believer that this is the single greatest opportunity available and seeks growth and expansion of our community through the noble work we do

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 Partner's 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 Monterray 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 the New York Life. Upon completion of this assignment, his Zone was ranked number 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 the New York Life.