FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award

FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award

David Bernstein, National Sales Director for Captivate, was honored with the 3rd Annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award in November 2018

The FCS created the Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award to recognize an FCS member whose performance as a leader, in and beyond the workplace, has a transformative impact.

David Bernstein, National Sales Director, Captivate, was been selected as the recipient of the third annual FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award. He was nominated by Kirti Naik of Russell Investments, and selected by a panel of five judges, who represent several facets of Jamie DePeau’s personal and professional life.

David Bernstein is a veteran sales professional who has served the financial services sector for more than 25 years. He has served as Ad Director for both Financial Planning Magazine and Investment News, as well as Associate Publisher for BtoB Magazine.  He is currently National Sales Director for Captivate.

David and his wife Deena founded The Fly A Kite Foundation in August 2014 after the loss of their son Zachary to pediatric brain cancer. At age 11, Zachary lost his nine-month battle with brain cancer.  David also works with The Children’s Brain Tumor Project under the director of Dr. Mark Souweidane, Vice Chair, Pediatric Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College to coordinate and host tours for high school students interested in the fields of laboratory research and medicine. David inspires others through his stories of children’s strength and commitment to persevere. David fights for every patient with a passion and commitment for their survival.

The award was presented to David at a gala dinner event on November 29, 2018 at the New York Yacht Club, when the FCS also celebrated the winner and runners-up of the FCS Financial Marketer of the Year Award for 2018.


The judging panel included:

  • Jill Bodian, Brand Strategy Consultant
  • Elena French, VP, Internal Communications, Lincoln Financial
  • Tom Jago, Managing Director, The Ward Group
  • Caroline O'Connell, recipient of FCS Jamie E. DePeau Leadership Award 2017
  • Kevin Windorf, CEO, FCS

About Jamie E. DePeau

Jamie DePeau, Corporate Chief Marketing Officer, Lincoln Financial Group, was a true friend of the FCS and very supportive of our mission of community, education and philanthropy. She was an active member in the FCS Marketing Leadership Roundtable since its founding in 2012. That year, she participated in our Annual Education Summit, serving on a panel with fellow CMOs. In 2013, she served as one of our guest presenters at the 19th Annual FCS Portfolio Awards. When she was SVP, Marketing at TIAA-CREF, she presented at our monthly luncheon at the New York Yacht Club in December of 2007.

Jamie passed away in February of 2016.  In April of that year, her work at Lincoln was recognized posthumously as her marketing team and their agency won seven trophies of the 22nd Annual FCS Portfolio Awards.  In addition to her own participation, Jamie encouraged her Lincoln colleagues to get involved with the FCS.

Outside of work, Jamie was very active at her community church, where she held senior roles in the parish’s lay leadership, as well as performing in its choir. She was a volunteer for the Ridgewood Baseball and Softball Association and for other Ridgewood youth sports groups.

In addition to her roles as mother and wife, boss and colleague, Jamie is remembered as a mentor and friend, and always a leader.

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