Shannah Sumner: Relationship Manager


I grew up in St. Marys, KS (population of about, 2,700) with both of my parents and my two sisters. I enjoyed it and wouldn’t change it for the world! People always ask, “You’re a small town girl?” Yes! I loved the small town atmosphere, knowing everyone by their first name and our close-knit community where everyone genuinely cared for each other. From the time I was little, both of my parents instilled in me that if I wanted to go anywhere in life, I was going to have to work harder than the next person to get there. From the time I could start earning a paycheck, I was a Water Safety Instructor teaching lessons at the public pool and lifeguarding all summer long. I loved working with all the kids and watching them progress throughout the summer!

I’m also a very competitive person, playing every sport I could growing up. I remember my parents shuffling me from practices to games all over Kansas and camps every summer and again, I wouldn’t change it for the world! I think all of that has helped shape the person I am today. I was lucky enough to earn an athletic scholarship out of high school to a small community college here in Kansas, Cloud County Community College, home of the Thunderbirds. From Concordia, Kansas I made my way to Kansas State University, home of the wildcats. #EMAW Transitioning to the business world from college, and after 10 years in the real estate market, I was blessed with the opportunity to get my foot in the door at Advisors Excel and was hired as the 42nd employee back in 2008. Advisors Excel is an independently owned, world-class insurance marketing organization focused on helping independent financial professionals increase their life insurance and annuity business. Our mission is simple and straightforward yet exceptionally powerful – we never forget those financial professionals that we work with on a daily basis, are our clients. When not at the office you can usually find me at one of my son’s sporting events or practices. He’s following in my footsteps and playing every sport known to man! Ok, not really, but some days it feels like it. He’s involved in football, basketball and baseball! Taegan is a great Christian young man actively involved in Young Life and when summers allow, he attends Kanakuk Kamp down by Branson, Missouri.


Favorite food: Anything Spicy!

Favorite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

Best piece of financial advice: Most people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan

Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving

Favorite movie: It’s so hard to name just one, but I’ll say Top Gun

If I could meet anyone past or present: My maternal Grandmother

What motivates Shannah: Seeing other people succeed and winning at life

Place Shannah would like to visit: Paris

Favorite book: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Something on Shannah’s bucket list: To run a marathon

Biggest accomplishment: Raising my son to be the best he can be



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