Raleigh Management Team

Please feel free to contact one of our management team members to learn more about New York Life and career opportunities.


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Dale C. Berry, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF

Managing Partner

E-mail: dcberry@newyorklife.com
Telephone: 919-781-3100

Dale began his career in the financial services industry in December 1983. In 2004, Dale joined New York Life as a Partner in the Arizona General Office. He qualified as a “Top 25” Partner 3 consecutive years and was also a multiple Gathering of Eagles qualifier. In 2008 Dale was promoted to Corporate Vice President of the South Central Zone in Alpharetta, GA. During this time, he worked closely with New York Life's field leadership teams and was a recipient of the Zone Award of Excellence.

Dale joined the Raleigh General Office as Managing Partner in July of 2013.

He is married with two children and resides in the North Raleigh area.

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Erich Hottenstein

Sales Development Manager

E-mail: ehottenstein@newyorklife.com
Telephone: 919-785-7120

Erich has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He started his career in 1995 after graduating with a degree in Accounting. He specialized in Long-Term Care insurance and legacy planning in Washington DC. He joined New York Life in 2001, where he has held positions of a Presidents Council Agent* as well as a Partner. Prior to joining our G.O. he has spent the last decade in SC where he relocated his practice. Erich has enjoyed multiple years of MDRT** as well as mentoring newer agents launch their practices. He brings a proven track record of success with NYL and brings strong leadership skills to our Team.

His family Shelly, Noah, Lucas, Paige are all excited to be in North Carolina.

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Derek Nease, ALMI, ACS

Director of Operations

E-Mail: dnease@newyorklife.com
Telephone: 919-785-3742

Derek stared his career with New York Life in 2017 as an agent in the Greater Washington General Office. After moving to the Albany General Office, Derek joined the Albany service team. In 2021 he joined the Westchester GO as an Associate Service Leader. In July 2022, Derek moved to Raleigh to become the Director of Operations.

Derek earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Mary Washington, where he played baseball. In his spare time, Derek enjoys playing softball, golf and going to the gym. His family Megan and his two dogs are excited to be in North Carolina.

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Domenic Battistella


E-Mail: dbattistella@newyorklife.com
Telephone: 919-785-2578

Domenic began his financial services career as a New York Life agent in 2017, after a nearly two-decade career as a chef and restauranteur. As an agent, Domenic was a two-time Executive Council qualifier*, Career Summit and Strive for Excellence qualifier, Centurion, and two-time Raleigh New Org Agent of the Year. Domenic joined the Raleigh General Office management team as a Partner in 2021, and is passionate about coaching, mentorship, and strategy.

In is personal time, Domenic enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and their three children. He also enjoys cooking, playing disc golf, podcasting, and cheering for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Demetrius L. Harvey

Associate Partner

E-Mail: dlharvey@newyorklife.com
Mobile: 919-302-3201
Office: 919-785-7133

Demetrius began his financial services career with New York Life in January 2013 He earned first prestigious award called the Blue Vase, which is given to new agents that acquire 30 applications in their first 90 days. He went on to be the new org agent of the month several times. He received recognition from the African American Market Unit of New York Life for contributing to the 50-billion-dollar empowerment campaign by placing over $2,000,000 of life insurance. He has been recognized for his Community Involvement by New York Life, as well as earning Council Agent status, and earning qualified member of the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Demetrius earned his Bachelor of Science degree is Public Health Education from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

Demetrius’s passion for helping others and leaving a positive impact in the community is what drives him each day in his role as Associate Partner with New York Life. In his personal time, Demetrius enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He enjoys playing golf and cooking for his family and friends.

*Awarded by New York Life Insurance Company for outstanding sales achievements. Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1- June 30.

**MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.