Meet the Team

Donald R. Payne

Donald R. Payne, MBA, CLU, ChFC, CFP

Managing Director

Don manages the day to day operations and coordinates with the executive team to strategically grow and develop the firm.  Don works with Flah & Company’s clients and their advisors to implement advanced life insurance planning strategies to best fit a complex need.  With our talented team, he comprehensively reviews existing plans and life insurance policy portfolios to provide better premium efficiency and secure our clients’ coverage needs for the long-term.  He brings over 25 years of extensive life insurance industry experience covering strategic planning, medical and financial underwriting, advanced design, market development and management.

Don earned a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from East Carolina University and has earned the CLU, ChFC and CFP professional designations.  He was previously a member of the Partners Financial Advisory Board where he served as Chairman of the Compensation Committee. In addition to holding Life and Health, and Long-Term Care Insurance Licenses, Don also holds his Series 6, 26, 27, 63 and 65 FINRA licenses.

Don and his wife, Tania, have two adult children who reside in North Carolina.  They enjoy spending time with their family, tailgating at college football games and travel.    

  • Born: North Carolina
  • Unique Ability: Discovering and eliminating potential bottlenecks and roadblocks to allow for successful completion of projects.
  • Favorite Sports Team: East Carolina University Pirates
  • Something you may not know about Don: He is a devoted cigar enthusiast who has penned multiple articles for a blind taste-testing reviews in national cigar magazines.