About Us

Tailored Coverage and Strategic Wealth Management

We aspire to be more than just service providers; we aim to be valued allies in our clients’ journey towards financial empowerment and independence.

Our Commitment

Delivering exceptional service to our clients is not just a commitment; it’s a pledge to understand their goals, navigate their challenges, and empower their financial success.


From left: Connor P. Burke, J. Gray Teekell, & David Q. Kendrick

J. Gray Teekell

  • J. Gray Teekell is the President and the CEO of The Teekell Company, Inc. In 1977, he and his father co-founded the firm, which then joined M Financial Group in 1979.
  • Gray’s practice focuses on wealth transfer and business continuity planning for individuals and privately-held businesses as well as nonqualified executive benefit planning for both private and public companies. He also directs the firm’s overall services to its clients.
  • Gray graduated from Louisiana State University and was awarded a Juris Doctor degree (JD) from the LSU Law Center in 1976. He holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations from The American College. He is a member of Finseca (formerly the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting) and is active in numerous professional and civic organizations. He holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 Securities Registrations.
  • AR Insurance License #363444

Connor P. Burke

  • Joined The Teekell Company in 2014 with close to 10 years of experience in the financial services industry.
  • His experience with comprehensive insurance planning began in 2006 with Burke & Burke Insurance, an employee benefits firm founded in 1989. After a few years he would go on to work at MassMutual, finding his passion for working with successful individuals and small business owners.
  • Before starting his career in the financial services industry, Connor worked in the real estate industry with the Trammell Crow Company in Washington D.C., one of the nation’s leading commercial real estate developers.
  • Connor is committed to helping clients set measurable goals, make informed financial decisions, and designing comprehensive strategies to help achieve success. He holds the FINRA Series 6 and 63 Securities Registrations.
  • CA Insurance License #0M44299, AR Insurance License #8784749

David Q. Kendrick

  • David Q. Kendrick joined The Teekell Company in 2018 with 16+ years of experience in the insurance industry.
  • David became an insurance producer in 2002. His 20-year career has been dedicated to serving his clients’ insurance needs by coordinating their business succession planning, estate planning, benefits, and insurance, as well as organizing all of the different tax, legal, and insurance professionals that may be involved.
  • He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
  • CA Insurance License #0H36604, AR Insurance License #4621703

the power of m

M Financial Group was founded on the principle that “off-the-shelf” products often do not meet the needs of ultra-affluent and corporate clients.

Since 1978, M Financial has worked closely with some of the nation’s most prestigious insurance carriers and investment firms to develop innovative products with features and flexible options that complement the needs and objectives of Member Firm clients.

M Financial Group’s collective buying power and improved experience (mortality, persistency, and policy size) result in exclusive pricing for proprietary products available to Member Firm clients.

  • A network of 135 independent financial service firms serving the needs of financially successful individuals, corporate executives, and Fortune 1000 companies
  • One of the leading financial design and distribution companies in the country

Our mission

Our mission is to create and maintain long-term relationships with a select group of clients. We are proud to provide customized solutions for clients’ needs in estate planning, business continuity planning, executive benefits, and asset management. We design, implement, and manage appropriate insurance and asset management portfolios to help clients meet their financial and risk management goals.

our history

Delivering Sustainable Insurance Solutions Since 1933.

The Teekell family has provided life insurance and related financial services to our region since Walker W. Teekell founded a life insurance agency in Shreveport in 1933. Our heritage and history demonstrate our long-term commitment to our clients and our community. Now in its fourth generation, The Teekell Company, Inc. has evolved into a dynamic organization that remains committed to serving our clients first and foremost.

In 1979, we joined M Financial Group as an independent Member Firm to focus on business and estate planning and non-qualified executive benefits. As a member of M Financial, we are free to offer services and select products in the best interests of our clients, and have access to the resources of a large organization of leading financial services firms.