Broker Check


MassMutual Long Island Metro

    Gary Ranftle


    Gary Ranftle joined Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) in 2004 as a General Agent. He and his partner, Greg Blum, took on the challenge of leading and developing a financial planning organization. Together they started MassMutual Long Island Metro, whose focus is to foster an environment dedicated to the growth and development of exceptional financial planners and provide the client with comprehensive financial services needed to help them take control of their financial situation.

    During his time at MassMutual Long Island Metro, the Agency has been awarded the MassMutual “Chairman’s Trophy,” which is awarded for Outstanding Performance; in 2006, they received Silver; and in 2010 and 2012 they received Bronze. The Agency has also received the MassMutual “Crystal Achievement Award” from 2009 to 2010. The Agency has consistently ranked in the Top 10 MassMutual Agencies for the last 8 years, placing 4th overall in 2012. Through his experience with GAMA International, Gary has also been awarded the “GAMA International Master Agency Award” in 2007, as well as being in the Top 250 of this award in 2009 and 2011. Gary has also been the recipient of the “GAMA International Management Award Diamond” in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    Gary has been actively involved in organizing Disability Awareness Night (DAN) for the past eight years at CitiField in Queens, NY. This event is in partnership with the New York Mets. Disability Awareness Night provides an opportunity for many consumers and staff members of organizations that serve the special needs population to attend a Major League ballgame, thanks to tickets donated by MassMutual Long Island Metro and its Special Care Planners. The SpecialCareSM Program, developed exclusively by MassMutual, offers access to information, specialists, and financial solutions that can help improve the quality of life for people with special needs, their families and caregivers. Our goal, and the goal of those we will honor, is to help people with disabilities to live dignified and fulfilling lives.

    Gary lives in Hauppauge with his wife of 23 years, Lorraine. They have two children, Andrew and Taylor. In his free time, Gary likes spending time with his family on Fire Island and snowboarding in Vermont.

    Prior Experience:
    Gary entered the Financial Services Career with Connecticut General and CIGNA Financial Advisors. There he achieved Presidents Conference in 1988 and was recruited into management. Gary specialized in working with experienced Advisors to help them grow their businesses through increasing the net worth of their clientele. While affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors (the successor to CIGNA Financial Advisors), he became the Managing Principal of the New York/New Jersey Metro Region covering four offices with over 120 planners. During his tenure, the NY/NJ Metro Region was consistently one of the top 3 agencies in the Lincoln network.

    Potsdam State University, BA Computer Science
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Registrations: Series 7, Series 24, Series 6
    North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Registrations: Series 63

    Membership Affiliations:
    National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
    General Agent & Managers Association (GAMA International)
    Financial Planning Association (FPA)
    Society of Financial Service Professionals (Society of FSP)

    Gary P. Ranftle is a registered principal of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC, Member SIPC. Supervisory Office: 6800 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 202W, Syosset, NY 11791; Phone: 516-364-4203.


      Greg Blum


      Greg Blum is co-founder of MassMutual Long Island Metro and founder of the Special Care Planning division.

      MassMutual Long Island Metro is a full service financial services organization that prides itself on its “Client Centric” approach. Its Special Care Planning Team understands the unique challenges and opportunities of the Special Needs community. Much of its substantial growth is attributable to the value based relationships built between the Special Care Planning Team and local non-profit organizations that support the Special Needs community.

      Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics/Accounting from the State University of New York at Oneonta, he began his career as a tax accountant specializing in the areas of wealth creation and preservation.

      Since 1984, Greg has been an estate planner advising high-net-worth individuals as well as business owners with regard to Estate Taxation. In 2005, he retired from private practice, which inspired him to build MassMutual Long Island Metro.

      Greg teaches a practical approach to planning, the hallmarks of which are listening to a client’s specific needs, goals and objectives and designing unique, customized solutions around them. It is this approach combined with his technical background and almost 25 years of experience that has led to Greg’s consistent place among the industry’s leaders. He has qualified for many industry awards, on a personal level he was recognized with Lincoln’s prestigious Chairman’s Council award in 1998, as well as the five following years. Recently, his agency received the MassMutual Crystal Achievement Award for its outstanding work in 2008.

      Over the years, he has built positive relationships with numerous local advisors, and non-profit organizations. He remains resolute in his belief that it is possible to create a profitable business while also giving back to the community.

      Greg lives in Woodbury, New York, with his wife and two sons, and is actively involved in his community. His son, Alex, is a freshman at the Smith Business School at the University of Maryland, and Matt is a sophomore at Syosset High School.