Meet Our Team

John L. Sanford


John has more than 30 years of consulting experience in the design and funding of executive benefit programs. He effectively assists public and private corporations with the customized development of objective-driven benefit and compensation plans for key employees and directors.

John has designed plans that have saved individuals and corporations millions of dollars in taxes while aligning the incentives and interests of key employees and shareholders. He is an industry leader in the design and use of institutionally-priced corporate owned life insurance.

Before founding Mullin Barens Sanford Financial, John’s extensive industry experience included consulting positions with MullinTBG, MetLife’s Specialized Benefit Resources, Connecticut Mutual, Corporate Compensation Plans, and Management Compensation Group.

John graduated from Brigham Young University and received his MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

He and his wife of 35 years, Suzanne, live in Santa Barbara, California and have two grown children. They are involved in many community charities, including Visiting Nurses, Music Academy of the West and Tennis Patrons. John enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, mountain biking and traveling.

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