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The Producers Group, Inc.

Director of Operations



We house a team of professionals who share a commitment to doing the right thing for our clients, knowing that people matter, while holding ourselves to the highest of standards.

Our mission is to use our skills and financial knowledge to help you and those important to you enjoy financial security and prosperity throughout your lifetime. Your success is our success – and we work tirelessly to create the right strategies to optimize your wealth building potential and financial well being.

We offer an array of specialized strategies that will address virtually all of your financial needs. The Living Balance Sheet® is one state-of-the-art planning tool that sets us apart. It provides you with a detailed, holistic view of your financial world at any given time and helps us work with you to model and address a variety of financial scenarios and outcomes.

Knowing how quickly events can change, we stay abreast of current legislation and trends, and how they might impact your financial future.

We are associated with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, founded in 1860, and currently one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States. Supported by the tremendous resources of Guardian, our firm is well equipped to work with you to build your future.

About Us

Started in 1987, The Producers Group, Inc. is engaged in providing financial planning & strategies for individuals, families, professional & business owners throughout Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The Producers Group, Inc. is part of The Guardian Network. The Guardian Life Insurance Company is a 160-year-old, Fortune 250 company.

The Producers Group senior management team consist of Richard (Rick) Villavaso, CLU, ChFC (General Agent) and Kenneth J. Uhlich, Jr., CExP, ChFC, LUTCF (Associate General Agent). Both have extensive knowledge in insurance, financial planning, and wealth management. Rick has been in the business since 1990 and Kenny has been in the business since 2005. In March 2019, The Producers Group, Inc. opened a satellite office in Conway, Arkansas - Firethorn Financial Group, LLC. Lee Sanders was appointed as Managing Director, Lee has extensive knowledge in financial planning & investments and has been in the business since 2006.

The Producers Groups’ management team has over 100 years of experience in the financial services industry. We have established over 8300 long term client relationships. 

Our history & growth may be impressive, but what we learned along the way provided us the knowledge and experience to separate us from our competition. We learned what works and what doesn’t work. That history & experience over 30 years has allowed us to provide our clients with a unique and uncommon approach to achieve financial balance & success.

Securities products and advisory services offered through Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS), member FINRA,SIPC. OSJ: 3300 West Esplanade Avenue S, Suite 210, Metairie, LA 70002, (504) 836-2922. PAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), New York, NY. The Producers Group, Inc. is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. 2020-104975 (Exp. 9/22)