Portrait of “M Financial’s Fearsome Foursome” Marks M’s 45th Year

February 23, 2023

2023 marks the 45th anniversary of M Financial Group’s incorporation in 1978.

As part of our celebration of this milestone, Keith Collins, a world-renowned tapestry and portrait artist, was commissioned to create a portrait commemorating the four individuals who started it all — Eli Morgan, Mark Solomon, Carl Mammel, and Peter Mullin.

On Tuesday, January 31, a portrait unveiling and reception was held at M Financial Plaza in Portland. The new piece will be displayed in the 9th floor lobby of the M Financial office as a reminder to M staff and visitors of the innovation, entrepreneurism, and fellowship of “The Four Ms” in building our exceptional company.

“Eli Morgan, Mark Solomon, Carl Mammel, and Peter Mullin — the four Ms who make up the heart and soul of M Financial Group — brought the vision, the fortitude, and the boldness to disrupt a more-than-a-century-old industry that had slipped into complacency,” said Russell Bundschuh, President & CEO of M Financial Group. “It is fitting to honor and immortalize them with a truly one-of-a-kind work of art. This portrait will be a reminder to the M Team and to our visitors of the individuals who guided us to where we are today.”

Keith Collins has designed and produced numerous works of art for museums, corporations, residences, and private collections — including for notable celebrities such as Jack Nicholson, LeBron James, Jay Leno, and Britney Spears. For over 50 years, his work has been commissioned across the globe and is prized for its uncompromised quality and creative textures.

“This piece has a lot of soul to it,” Collins said of the 6-foot-by-4-foot oil painting he titled “M Financial’s Fearsome Foursome.” He started work on the portrait in December 2021.

Collins said he painted it at his home studio in Los Angeles and would have conversations with the subjects as the piece progressed. He drew a parallel between the convictions and perseverance he had as a burgeoning young artist and the four Ms’ commitment to revolutionizing the life insurance industry 45 years ago.

“Just like with M Financial, you either believe in it or you don’t. If you believe in it, then that’s the direction you’re going. You don’t look back,” he said. “That’s the key.”

About M Financial

With more than 130 Member Firms in 36 states and the United Kingdom, M Financial Group is one of the nation’s leading financial services design and distribution companies. Since 1978, M Financial’s network of independent insurance and executive benefit firms has served the needs of high net worth individuals, corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs, and Fortune 1000 companies.

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