About Us

Meet Our Team

George Nelson Ridings, ChFC®, CLU®, CLTC, AEP®, became an agent with New York Life Insurance Company in 1993, after working for two years in employee benefits and personnel for a regional communications company (Dial Page, L.P.) and one year for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and Labor.  George Nelson is a 1989 graduate of Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, with a Major in Political Science.  He served as President of the Battle of Richmond Association in 2007-2008, and has been on their board since inception in 2001.  He is a Past President of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, served nine years on the board, and was named Member of the Year in 2003.  He is a Qualifying and Life Member of MDRT*.  George Nelson is also a member of the Lexington-based Bluegrass Estate Planning Council, serving as President-Elect in 2010-2011.  In 2000, George was invited and proudly joined the Chicago Study Group, a professional network of experienced New York Life agents committed to meet together twice per year to improve the service provided to their clients and community, and to improve themselves personally and professionally.

Email: gridings@ft.newyorklife.com


George E. Ridings, Jr., ChFC®, CLU®, became an Agent with New York Life Insurance Company in 1964, upon graduation from Eastern Kentucky University, and has been a part of the Richmond, Kentucky, community since then.  He was named to the EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1993, and received the Kentucky Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers' Highest Lifetime Achievment Award in 1986.   He has over 30 years membership in the Richmond Rotary Club, is a Past President of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Richmond Utilities Board over 20 years, with much of that time as Chairman of the Board.  He is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT*).

Sarah Watts Combs is the Business and Operations Manager for Ridings Insurance and Financial Services. She is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business and seeing that clients get what they require on time, every time. Sarah has worked with Ridings Insurance and Financial Services since 1986.

Sarah manages the underwriting and customer service process for clients. She also supervises all administrative operations within the company. In addition, Sarah acts as a liaison with the Nautilus Group, a professional resource, and ensures that all compliance procedures are being implemented.

Leila Alhusaini is the Administrative Services Manager for Ridings Insurance and Financial Services. She has worked for the firm since 2011. Leila has over ten years of customer service experience which she uses to provide ongoing, quality service to our clients. She also manages marketing and public relations for the firm.


*The Million Dollar Round Table is an international, independent association of more than 35,000 members, or less than 1 percent, of the world's most successful life insurance and financial services professionals from 476 companies in 76 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service.  New York Life has led the MDRT in total number of members for over 50 years. Click here for more information.