Who We Are


A Community of Advisors

James Milton Pullen (Jim)

Insurance and Retirement Planning Strategist

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Ellen B. Pullen

Federally Facilitated Marketplace Advisor
Insurance Broker 

Ellen is known as being a sincere enthusiastic individual who is skilled at developing/building relationships & effective at inspiring others to accomplish a goal. Community, school, and church leaders describe her as:  authentic, a principle centered leader, a charismatic person of integrity, very competent and loyal.

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Milton Sebastion Pullen, Jr.

Life and Health Insurance Broker

Milton S. Pullen states that at Secure Life Benefits, "Our aim is to educate and assist clients through an advocacy relationship. Using our collective 75 plus years of experience, we provide comprehensive review, analysis and tailored planning to optimize your financial transactions and long-term mentoring for your specific needs and budget."

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Jason Knope, CFA, CMT

Paul Manners Investment Counsel

Jason is a partner with Paul Manners Investment Counsel. He is responsible for coordinating the firm's investment process and is a member of the investment committee. Jason joined the organization in 2002 following five year with SouthTrust Investment Advisors working in Research and Portfolio Management. Jason earned both his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Finance from Louisiana State University. He received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2002 and the Chartered Market Technician designation in 2006. Jason is married to Christy. They have two boys, Jackson and Holden.

Paul Manners Investment Counsel has been in business for 34 years, operating with the highest ethical standards and unimpeachable integrity since 1979. Their career wealth management professionals have an average of 20 years' experience. Our competitive fee structure has remained unchanged for over three decades. Their firm offers investment management services to corporations, pension plans, endowments, foundations, public funds and high net worth individuals. The organization provides portfolio management, research, and trading functions for our asset management clients.


Jim McIlvaine

Jim McIlvaine Insurance, Inc.

Specializing in personal and small business property and casualty (auto, homeowners, and liability insurance) representing various stable insurance carriers.