Erik Cascio was born and raised in Chicago in the Bridgeport and Pilsen neighborhoods. Throughout his teenage years growing up his Mom remarried and his Step-Dad who now Erik calls his real Dad took him out of the streets of Chicago and his family moved to a small little town called Crystal Lake. Erik stood out being only 1 of 5 Latinos who at that time attended the Crystal Lake High Schools. He struggled to adapt and coming from a low-income neighborhood with limited education resources was behind nearly 3 years in reading, writing and math education. He barely graduated with his High School diploma.
After struggling in high school, he decided to attend the local community college. He increased his GPA just enough to get accepted by DePaul University. It was at DePaul where he started to excel. Erik graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a Sales Leadership Concentration. His education and drive would lead him into his current path and passion.
Erik joined New York Life in the late summer of 2014 as a Financial Services Professional. In his first year with New York Life he achieved his first Executive Council* which is a milestone that only the top percentile of advisors receives in New York Life. The next year he completed his second consecutive Executive Council* leading to a promotion in April of 2016 as an Associate Partner in just 19 months being with New York Life. As of October of 2016, he received the official title to full Partner of New York Life and now leads one of the fastest growing offices across the company!
Outside of his career, he has dedicated time to educating young Latino families and children about financial awareness and professional development. He has partnered with many local community colleges and organizations as well as serving as a Committee Chair for Finance and Fundraising for the Elgin Hispanic Network. Lastly, he spends as much time as he can with his newly engaged fiancé Yudi Rodriguez whom he met at New York Life in 2015.