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Matt Daley Succeeds Through Authenticity and Empathy

By Ronan Friend on 2/1/23 10:00 AM

Matthew C. Daley, MBA, FSCP, LACP, LUTCF, grew up in the life insurance world, but his journey to the top wasn’t easy. He relied on grit, determination, and the support of those around him to overcome addiction and build a thriving insurance agency from the ground up.

Topics: Award Winners
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Bryon Holz & Associates in Brandon, FL, Is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By NAIFA on 1/31/23 12:39 PM

The firms' advisors join the #1 professional association for financial security professionals and prepare to participate in NAIFA’s unmatched state and federal advocacy success under an agency-wide membership program.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is pleased to announce that Bryon Holz & Associates in Brandon, FL, has become a NAIFA 100% Agency. Under the membership program, all advisors within Bryon Holz & Associates became NAIFA members and active participants in NAIFA’s grassroots advocacy programs at the state and federal levels.

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Build a Sustainable and Profitable Business You Love

By NAIFA on 1/30/23 12:27 PM

Join Advisor Today for its next webinar on Wednesday, February 8 at 12 pm eastern. NAIFA Coaches Circle leader Joe Templin will teach today's advisors how to have balance and growth to build a sustainable and profitable business you love. Being part of I Love NAIFA Month in February, "Love Your Business" will help you plan to ensure the longevity of your career while avoiding burnout.

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Report Shows Some Improvement in Workplace Equality, But More Work Needed

By NAIFA on 1/25/23 4:38 PM

The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA), a NAIFA advocacy partner, has issued a new report showing that, while insurance and financial services companies have increased diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, many fail to address inequity at a foundational level.

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Upcoming Webinar: An Alternative to Long-Term Care Coverage

By NAIFA on 1/25/23 11:51 AM

When long-term care insurance is not an option due to a person's health and/or finances, there may be an alternative solution to a difficult situation. Limited long-term care insurance can be an option to help during your client's time of need.

Register now for this upcoming webinar discussing limited long-term care on Tuesday, February 7 at 2 pm eastern.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Abdullah Rajput

By The Bancorp on 1/25/23 10:00 AM

If you ask Abdullah Rajput what motivates him to excel in financial services, he’ll tell you it’s his clients. “The interaction I have with my clients is my favorite part of my job. Many of my clients have turned into friends, which drives me to provide the best service in the industry.”

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Craig Wright

By Ronan Friend on 1/23/23 10:00 AM

NAIFA-MO President Craig Wright, MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, has been a loyal NAIFA member since 2014. A NAIFA Quality Award winner, Wright has dedicated his career to serving the individuals, families, and small businesses that make up Main Street USA.

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Top 15 Reverse Mortgage Loan Questions Answered

By Harlan Accola on 1/19/23 10:02 AM

Reverse mortgage loans are widely misunderstood, and many homeowners and advisors have a strong negative bias against them. Unfortunately, those misconceptions and preconceptions hold back many ideal candidates from ever considering a reverse mortgage.

Today’s reverse mortgage loans are not the same as they were even a decade ago, and it is to your advantage as a trusted financial professional to take a fresh look at them, as they can often be a viable solution to many of the financial challenges that retirees face.

The aim of this piece is to help you understand both common, and somewhat less common, questions about reverse mortgages. Armed with the facts, you will have a much clearer picture of whether a reverse mortgage might be right for older-adult homeowners you advise.

Note: Most, but not all, reverse mortgages today are a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), the only reverse mortgage insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). This article refers only to the HECM reverse mortgage.

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Buying or Selling an Agency – A Focus on Medicare

By NAIFA on 1/18/23 10:30 AM

Join Dan Mangus, VP of Growth and Development at Senior Marketing Specialists, for an Advisor Today webinar on Wednesday, January 25 at 12 pm eastern. In "Buying or Selling an Agency - A Focus on Medicare," Dan will guide you through the ins and outs of buying or selling an agency, and the top things you need to know when it comes to Medicare.

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Navigating Technology and Social Media for Greater Engagement With Bryon Holz

By Advisor Today on 1/18/23 5:00 AM

Bryon Holz is the President of NAIFA, providing investments and insurance to successful individuals and business owners throughout the Southeast with Bryon Holz and Associates, which he oversees as President and Registered Principal. He has obtained numerous designations and certifications over the years, including Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL), and his LUTCF designation and LACP certification.

Bryon is a graduate and Presidential Scholar from the University of Tampa. He is also a graduate of Leadership Brandon and NAIFA's prestigious Leadership in Life Institute (LILI).

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Upcoming Webinar: Becoming an Introduction Machine

By NAIFA on 1/17/23 11:42 AM

Join NAIFA's Business Performance Center for a webinar on Tuesday, January 24 at 1 pm eastern. Hear from NAIFA Coaches Circle leader Joe Templin to learn how you can reliably get your foot in the door and get your name out there.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Dave Gannett 

By The Bancorp on 1/16/23 10:00 AM

Entering the financial services industry in 2006, Dave Gannett quickly adapted and enjoyed working with other financial professionals by providing them with various investment vehicles and equipping financial advisors with information that helps benefit their clients. Eventually, he found himself serving as an advisor, focusing on global wealth and investment management.

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NAIFA Foundation Announces Inaugural Diversity Scholarship Recipients

By NAIFA on 1/12/23 12:35 PM

The NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security is pleased to announce that Gregory Jean Baptiste and Brooke Bastiaans-Brooks are recipients of the inaugural NAIFA Foundation Diversity Scholarship.

Jean Baptiste holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University-Idaho and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in financial planning and analytics at Utah Valley University. A first-generation Haitian immigrant, Jean Baptiste knows the value of a solid financial plan and is motivated to help all Americans achieve financial security. He is currently employed at a Wells Fargo branch in Lindon, UT.

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4 Key Behaviors to Understand During Economic Highs and Lows

By Simon Reilly on 1/11/23 10:00 AM

Understanding whether you are an Extrovert, Introvert, Ambivert, or Omnivert will help you to get through Behavioral and Economic Highs And Lows.

Behavioral research goes back to 400 B.C. when Empodocles stated that behaviors have four elements or roots; Fire, Air, Earth, and Water.

The elements of Fire and Air are said to be Extroverted.

The elements of Earth and Water are said to be Introverted.

Gone are the days of the plain old vanilla Extroverted or Introverted behavioral styles.

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NAIFA and WIFS Announce Stronger Partnership and Launch of Inaugural Women’s Financial Security Fly-In

By NAIFA on 1/10/23 1:00 PM

NAIFA and Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) have agreed to continue to work closely together and support their mutual goals in the areas of professional development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and political advocacy. The two associations have signed an expanded partnership agreement. Under the agreement, NAIFA and WIFS share resources and NAIFA represents WIFS’s political advocacy interests.

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Refine Wealth Strategies Is a NAIFA 100% Agency 

By Ronan Friend on 1/9/23 10:00 AM

When Refine Wealth Strategies founders David J. Klein, CFP®, CLU, ChFC®, RICP; Brian Kelly, CLU, ChFC®, RICP, CASL; and Larwin W. Kauffman CFP®, CLU, ChFC, met in the early 2000s, they didn’t anticipate starting a business together. Fortunately, fate intervened—with a bit of help from 41-year NAIFA member Terry McTigue, CLU, ChFC®, who recruited all three to Northwestern Mutual. 

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NAIFA Remembers Past President Michael C. Keenan

By NAIFA on 1/5/23 5:12 PM

NAIFA is saddened to share the news that NAIFA-National Past President Michael C. Keenan, CLU, ChFC, has passed away. Keenan was born in Evanston, IL, and made his career as an agent with Prudential in the Chicago area.

After serving as local and state president as well as on a myriad of local, state, and national committees, including IFAPAC (known then as  LUPAC), he was elected National Secretary in 1982 and then served as NAIFA (then NALU) President in 1984-1985. 

Topics: Leaders
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Get to Know 2023 NAIFA President Bryon Holz

By NAIFA on 1/4/23 4:41 PM

Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, President of Bryon Holz & Associates, Brandon, FL, is NAIFA's 2023 President. 

Topics: Leaders
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Digital Marketing & AI Technology to Drive Life Insurance & Annuity Sales in 2023

By Ken Leibow on 1/4/23 10:00 AM

Digital Marketing had the biggest growth for generating insurance sales since 2021. In a recent global study conducted by Accenture, most insurance buyers now search for information on digital channels. 48% of insurance customers who responded to an Accenture survey stated that social media would factor into their insurance-buying decision. Introducing agents and training to effectively utilize email, social media, web-based advertising, text messages, and personalized videos which helps maximize their value delivery.

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the technology driving the industry to new insurance sales as it does with other industries in e-commerce. Winning agencies will become more data-driven and introduce agents to tools that utilize data analytics and AI to grow their businesses. Whether finding patterns based on past data to predict future events or leveraging AI to make assumptions and predictions beyond human capabilities, successful agents and agencies will take advantage of these new technology tools.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Peter Glassman

By Ronan Friend on 1/3/23 10:00 AM

NAIFA-GWDC Past President Peter Glassman, CFP®, is a Founding Partner of Wealth Insight Partners and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1989.

After graduating with a business and marketing degree in 1987, Glassman moved from Connecticut to Washington, D.C., where a family friend suggested he get into the insurance and financial services industry. After learning more he dove into what turned out to be the beginning of a career. Thirty-five years later, Glassman is still dedicated to helping his clients plan for their futures.

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Year in Review: Camaraderie as a Strategy

By Advisor Today on 12/14/22 5:00 AM

Chris Gandy is the Founder of Midwest Legacy Group LLC, a boutique concierge insurance group for executives, professional athletes, physicians, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It focuses on the client's interests in wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, retirement strategies, insurance, asset protection, and investments.

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Dennis Cuccinelli Receives NAIFA’s First Annual Membership Hard Hat Award

By NAIFA on 12/13/22 1:00 PM

Dennis Cuccinelli, LACP, an Independent Advisor associated with Certified Financial Services from Paramus, NJ, has received NAIFA's inaugural Annual Membership Hard Hat Award. He was presented the award by current NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP, and incoming 2023 President Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, November 14 in Washington, D.C., at NAIFA’s Belong awards celebration that was part of the National Leadership Conference.

Q1 State of NAIFA Introduces 2023 NAIFA President Bryon Holz

By NAIFA on 12/13/22 10:34 AM

On January 10, join 2023 NAIFA-National President Bryon Holz, NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux, and NAIFA SVP of Government Relations Diane Boyle for the first State of NAIFA webinar of the new year. 

Holz, Mayeux, and Boyle will share an update on where NAIFA is as an organization, preview NAIFA's advocacy goals for the new year, and highlight the benefits available exclusively to NAIFA members.

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E4 Presents a Special BREW with 2021 4 Under 40 Winner Steve Walker

By NAIFA on 12/12/22 11:18 AM

This Wednesday, December 14 at 1 pm eastern, join NAIFA's first financial security champion, E4 Insurance Services, for their next Building Relationship Every Week (BREW) webinar.

This week's BREW will feature Steve Walker, CLTC, LUTCF, Vice President of Institutional Accounts at E4, loyal NAIFA member since 2009, and a NAIFA 4 Under 40 Award Winner in 2021. 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Joshua O’Gara

By Ronan Friend on 12/12/22 10:00 AM

For Joshua O’Gara, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, Owner and Founder of O'Gara Financial Group, entrepreneurship runs in the family. Both of his parents were small business owners and O’Gara inherited their drive. His entrepreneurial spirit—along with his college studies in economics and his desire to help people—made a career in insurance and financial services a perfect fit. 

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Long-Term Care

By Cameron Huddleston on 12/9/22 9:30 AM

As your parents age, there’s a good chance they will need long-term care. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of Americans turning 65 today will develop a disability serious enough that they will need daily help with the basic activities of living. Most will need care for less than two years, but 1 in 7 will need assistance for more than five years.

As tough as it might be to imagine your parents being unable to care for themselves, the thought of discussing this possibility with them probably seems even harder. But it’s important to talk to your parents sooner rather than later to develop a plan for long-term care if they ever need it. If you wait for an emergency to strike, emotions will be running high and you’ll likely have fewer options to deal with your parents’ need for care.

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State Senate Hearing on LTC Features Testimony of NAIFA-WA's Chris Bor

By NAIFA on 12/8/22 6:00 PM

Chris Bor, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, a loyal NAIFA member since 1998 and Immediate Past President of NAIFA-WA, testified at a hearing of the Washington State Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee on the use of life insurance, annuities, and policy riders in long-term care planning. He gave an overview of a wide variety of LTC planning options and discussed the value of agents and advisors to consumers. Bor also serves as Vice-Chair of NAIFA's National Membership Committee.

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The #1 Script That Illuminates All Economic Highs and Lows

By Simon Reilly on 12/8/22 10:00 AM

Over the past few months, I’ve been revisiting my purpose, my why I do what I do.

Why? I used to be a live public speaker. As you may have noticed, there haven’t been a lot of live conferences and speaking opportunities over the past few years. For decades, creating live speaking presentations was a huge catalyst for me to create new content.

When you think of purpose, what comes to mind?

Will your current mind allow you to realize your purpose while your mind is being consumed trying to get your needs met through a person, place, position, or possession?

Your inner script and beliefs will illuminate or eclipse you during these historical worldly events, followed by economic highs and lows.

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What is a Life Expectancy Set-Aside for a Reverse Mortgage Loan?

By Harlan Accola on 12/8/22 9:22 AM

Today’s reverse mortgage loans have built-in protections designed to make sure the loan is a sustainable solution for the borrower. In this article, we’ll explore what a life expectancy set-aside (LESA) is, how it helps a borrower to pay property charges, when the lender’s underwriter will require it, and why, in some situations, it may be advantageous for a reverse mortgage borrower to voluntarily opt for a LESA.

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Ways To Serve and Give for Better Long-Term Care With Adam Sachs

By Advisor Today on 12/7/22 5:00 AM

Adam Sachs is a Financial Advisor for Centinel Financial Group, LLC. Since 1993, he has been serving clients by helping them understand their financial options — giving them the confidence to make decisions for their future. Adam is the recipient of the inaugural 2023 NAIFA President’s Citation. He has been a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) since 1994, is currently a Vice Chair of the National Membership Committee, and continues to serve on the NAIFA-MA Board. Adam has served as the past president of the Massachusetts chapter and was the 2021 NAIFA-MA Membership Chair.

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Summit Financial Group Is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 12/5/22 10:00 AM

In 2003, Kevin Bontrager hit a ceiling in his sales career. He wanted to help people in a more direct way, so he decided to become a financial advisor and created an independent firm. A few years later, Bontrager joined Randall Lehman, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®, RICP®, and Rob Hayworth, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, AEP®, RICP®, CFP®, to create Summit Financial Group, a Northwestern Mutual Private Client Group. Now, Summit Financial Group has three Indiana offices in Fort Wayne, Angola, and Marion.

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NAIFA Trustee Aprilyn Chavez-Geissler Featured in Upcoming DEI Webinar

By NAIFA on 12/2/22 1:16 PM

On December 6, NAIFA-National Trustee and Gateway Insurance and Financial Services Vice President Aprilyn Chavez-Geissler will be a featured speaker for the webinar "Beyond Sentiment: The Business Benefits of DEI," presented by Financial Planning magazine

The webinar will discuss how recent research can help you craft a strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that is well-defined, driven by company leaders, and connected to business outcomes.

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Finding Financial Freedom With Jamie Hopkins

By Advisor Today on 11/30/22 5:00 AM

Jamie Hopkins is the Managing Partner of Wealth Solutions for Carson Group and is a Finance Professor of Practice at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business. He is the author of Rewirement: Rewiring The Way You Think About Retirement and Find Your Freedom: Financial Planning for a Life on Purpose. Jamie is a nationally recognized writer and researcher and has been published in dozens of financial, educational, and legal journals. He’s developed educational materials for The American College’s CFP®, CLU, ChFC®, and RICP programs as well as being a regular contributor to Forbes. He has been featured on Wall Street Journal podcasts, NPR radio, Fox radio, and is the host of the Framework Podcast.

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Explore Life Insurance Opportunities You May Have Missed

By NAIFA on 11/29/22 2:57 PM

While many advisors are well-equipped to help their clients evaluate their life insurance needs, some scenarios may call for outside-of-the-box solutions. Join NAIFA's Advisor Today on Thursday, December 8 at 2 pm eastern for the webinar, "4 Life Insurance Opportunities You May Have Missed," brought to you by Modern Life.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Addison Rosenbluth

By Ronan Friend on 11/28/22 10:00 AM

For NAIFA-CT President Addison Rosenbluth, CLTC, insurance is part of a family legacy. In 1957, his grandfather founded MERIT Insurance Services, Inc. During his senior year of college, he got an opportunity to travel to California for training. After gaining experience and earning his licenses, he returned to Connecticut and now works alongside his father, Jace Rosenbluth, running the family business.

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Why Everyone Should Invest in Long-Term Care Insurance With Jeff Levin

By Advisor Today on 11/23/22 5:00 AM

A 35-year veteran in the insurance industry, Jeff Levin is the Vice President of Sales for Care Solutions at OneAmerica. OneAmerica is a leading mutual insurance company providing services and products, including retirement, individual life insurance, long-term care, and employee benefits. Aside from his genuine passion for care solutions, Jeff attributes his success to relationship management. He prides himself as a hands-on leader, quick to jump in to help others achieve their career goals. Outside of the office, Jeff is an avid reader, music lover, and triathlete.

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Learn About Indexed Whole Life in the Next Advisor Today Webinar

By NAIFA on 11/22/22 1:28 PM

On November 29, Ohio National Vice President of Product Marketing Karl Kreunen will present "Skate Where the Puck is Heading: Indexed Whole Life as Your Product of Choice."

In the webinar, Kreunen will showcase Ohio National’s new Prestige 10 Pay Indexed Whole Life policy and discuss why it makes sense today and in the future. He will also give a demonstration of relevant sales applications for a multi-pay indexed whole life policy.

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A Question of Ethics: Moving Through the Fourth Quarter

By Frank C. Bearden, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC on 11/22/22 10:00 AM

NAIFA’S Hard Hat Winner! 

In the final two months of 2022, we are happy to recognize one of our members, Roger Sims, CLU, LUTCF, who has received NAIFA’s 2022 Q3 Membership Hard Hat Award. Roger has served NAIFA in several positions, beginning as an agent with New York Life in his father’s office, serving as a board member and Past President of NAIFA-North Carolina. He has served in NAIFA’s advocacy for several years.

Topics: Ethics
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The Top 3 Financial Products to Weather This Financial Storm

By NAIFA on 11/18/22 4:14 PM

Join NAIFA's Business Performance Center for a webinar on Tuesday, November 29 at 1 pm eastern. Sit down for a discussion with Harlan Accola of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, and Caleb Guilliams, Founder of BetterWealth, to learn about the three products your clients must have to survive this intense financial storm. 

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Adam Sachs Honored with the Inaugural NAIFA President’s Citation

By NAIFA on 11/17/22 2:31 PM

NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LACP, LUTCF, is pleased to announce that Adam Sachs, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC, AIF®, a Financial Advisor with Centinel Financial Group, LLC, in Needham, MA, is the recipient of the inaugural 2023 NAIFA President’s Citation.

Holzberg presented the citation to Sachs on November 14 at NAIFA’s Belong awards celebration at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. in front of over 300 NAIFA members.

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How a Reverse Mortgage Loan Can Help in a Silver Divorce

By Harlan Accola on 11/15/22 9:40 AM

You probably are well aware that the inflation rate in the U.S. has been hitting fresh 40-year records lately. But did you know divorce rates in the U.S. for older couples have been reaching new highs lately, too? In fact, for couples in the U.S. who are 65 and older, the divorce rate has tripled since the 1990s. The trend is called “Silver Divorce” or “Grey Divorce.”

For older adults who are divorcing, assets have likely been intertwined for decades, adding to the challenge of dividing them. Financial needs are sure to be top of mind, as both parties will need a means to support their own individual lifestyles throughout a potentially lengthy retirement period.

For homeowners 62 and older, a reverse mortgage could help as part of a divorce settlement.

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Do You Want to be Accessible, Relevant, and Visible in 2023?

By Simon Reilly on 11/14/22 10:00 AM

Did Covid make you feel inaccessible, irrelevant, and invisible in 2020-2022? 
Has the new world economic disorder compounded how you may be feeling about being inaccessible, irrelevant, or invisible in 2023?

If there was a way to become accessible, relevant, and visible in 2023, would you do it?

Being accessible, relevant, and visible is all about your purpose.

Purpose is not a noun, a possession, person, place, or position but a verb that is an ever-expanding expression of your values.

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NAIFA-NC Past President Roger Sims Receives Q3 Membership Hardhat Award

By NAIFA on 11/11/22 3:45 PM

We're proud to announce Roger Sims, CLU, LUTCF, has received NAIFA's 2022 Q3 Membership Hard Hat Award.

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How Advisors Can Navigate Discussions About Aging and Long-Term Care Planning With Carroll Golden

By Advisor Today on 11/9/22 5:00 AM

Carroll Golden is a consultant, public speaker, and leader with a comprehensive background in business development and effective strategy implementation. She is the Executive Director of the Specialty Centers at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the President of C. Golden Consulting, LLC, where she provides strategic consulting, including business plan and sales strategy development. Carroll is the author of How Not To Tear Your Family Apart, an industry resource for professionals that addresses the challenges of working with today’s aging population.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Sue Kuraja

By Ronan Friend on 11/7/22 10:00 AM

Sue Kuraja got her start in financial services at an early age. When she immigrated from Croatia with her family as a young child, she translated financial documents for her parents as they learned English. Her ability to conduct business in a foreign language was sought after and she continued to demonstrate financial aptitude early in her career. Twenty years later, she still serves Main Street USA as a representative and advocate for consumers, while maintaining strong relations with corporate clients and enterprises.

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NAIFA Partner Fairway Independent Mortgage Named #1 Workplace in the U.S.

By NAIFA on 11/4/22 9:40 AM

NAIFA is proud to share that long-time partner and champion Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation was named #1 in the 2022 Top Workplaces USA, in an award issued by Energage. Fairway also took the top spot in 2021 as the top-ranked winner for a company with over 2,500 employees.

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NAIFA Partner OneAmerica Supports USA Swimming

By NAIFA on 11/3/22 2:28 PM

NAIFA congratulates our corporate partner OneAmerica on its new multi-year sponsorship deal with USA Swimming, the national governing body of the sport of swimming in the United States. OneAmerica is the first Centennial Partner heading into the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming, which will be held in Indianapolis. 

Topics: NAIFA Partner
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Charmell Davis Joins NAIFA as VP of Member Advancement

By NAIFA on 11/3/22 10:33 AM

NAIFA is pleased to announce that Charmell Davis, CMP, is NAIFA’s new Vice President of Member Advancement. In this role, she leads NAIFA’s newly created Member Advancement team and reports to CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE. The Member Advancement team combines many of the functions of NAIFA’s former Professional Development and Professional Credentials Departments under Davis’s direction.

Topics: Press Release
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Long-Term Care Crisis ‘Sneaking Up on Most Americans’

By NAIFA on 11/3/22 10:03 AM

On Monday, October 31's "Don't Be Scared of Long-Term Care," NAIFA's Executive Director of Centers of Excellence, Carroll Golden, addressed the crisis of long-term care that is sneaking up on most Americans. "When we look at the cost of care, it’s only increasing and it’s increasing dramatically," she said at the Limited & Extended Care Planning Center's annual Impact Day.

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The Benefits of Connecting With Professionals With Paul Dougherty

By Advisor Today on 11/2/22 5:00 AM

Paul Dougherty is a Board Member for Life Happens, a nonprofit organization focused on education based on unbiased opinions about insurance. He has been an insurance agent for nearly 25 years and is a former President, Secretary, and Trustee for NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors).

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Johnson Byrd 

By Ronan Friend on 10/31/22 10:00 AM

For Johnson Byrd, the transition from high school teacher and coach to insurance agent was an easy one. As he points out, both careers require a drive to succeed and a passion for education. So, when he got a job opportunity with Farm Bureau, he decided to take the leap. 

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What May Be the Repercussions of the Washington Cares Fund?

By Ken Leibow on 10/27/22 10:00 AM

Washington State’s “Washington Cares Fund” (WCF) imposes an uncapped 0.58% employee-paid payroll tax ($580 per $100,000 earned) to fund a $36,500 lifetime pool (intended to inflate, beginning in 2027, according to WA’s consumer price index) for long-term care received in WA by vested employees. A claimant must require help with at least 3 activities of daily living (11 ADLs are listed on WCF’s website).

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Michael Herring

By Ronan Friend on 10/26/22 10:00 AM

When Michael Herring, CLU®, ChFC®, LUTCF, was studying business in college, he expected to build a career in finance, but he decided to change direction when he took a course on insurance. After graduation, he took a job as a claims adjuster and, three years later, became an insurance agent. Now, he works primarily with Nebraska’s farming community. He protects their farmhouses, combines, and tractors; provides liability coverage for the rare chemical spill or animal collision; and is his clients’ first call after a hailstorm.

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Chris Gandy to Receive the 2022 NAIFA Diversity Champion Award

By NAIFA on 10/21/22 12:01 PM

Christopher Gandy, LACP, Founder of Midwest Legacy Group in Lisle, IL, and the top-ranked producer for OneAmerica, has been recognized as the NAIFA Diversity Champion for 2022.

Gandy, a loyal NAIFA member since 2003, serves on NAIFA’s Board of Trustees, is a Past President of NAIFA-Chicagoland, and is a Co-Chair of NAIFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council. He was also a member of the NAIFA 2025 Strategic Planning Committee, which developed the NAIFA 2025 strategic plan with a goal of increasing DEI in the association and industry. After four years as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois and playing several seasons of professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs as well as in L’Hermaine, France, Gandy entered the insurance and financial services profession in 1999.

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Jeff Chernoff Is NAIFA’s 2022 Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year

By NAIFA on 10/20/22 12:01 PM

Jeff Chernoff, M.S., LUTCF, LACP Vice President of Insurance and Trust in Tampa, FL, is the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year for 2022.

Chernoff is the President-Elect of NAIFA-FL and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 2011. He is a graduate of NAIFA’s Leadership in Life Institute (LILI) and has remained active in the program, serving as a moderator of classes in Florida. He is a Past President of NAIFA-Tampa Bay and received that chapter’s Dick Cimino Distinguished Service Award in 2018 for his strong support of the chapter’s membership endeavors and public service projects.

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NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg Joins Coastal Wealth as Brokerage Director

By NAIFA on 10/19/22 3:08 PM

Coastal Wealth, a leading financial services firm in the southeast, has announced the addition of Lawrence “Larry” Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP as a new Brokerage Director. He will be responsible for leading financial professionals to offer case consultation and design and positioning strategies and presentations.

Topics: Leadership
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Blake, Bottolfsen, Daley, and Moore Are Advisor Today’s 4 Under 40 Winners

By NAIFA on 10/19/22 12:01 PM

Advisor Today is pleased to announce the winners of its 2022 4 Under 40 awards: Scott Blake, MBA, of Blake Wealth Partners (Northwestern Mutual) in Columbus, OH, loyal member since 2018; Eric Bottolfsen, MBA, of GoldBook Financial (MassMutual) in Scottsdale, AZ, loyal member since 2017; Matthew Daley, MBA, FSCP, LACP, LUTCF, of the Daley Agency (American National) in Miller Place, NY, loyal member since 2018; and Brett Moore, CFP, of RBM Wealth Management Group (LPL Financial) in Newnan, GA, loyal member since 2015.

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Tackle the Scariest Topics in Long-Term Care at LTC Impact Day 2022

By NAIFA on 10/19/22 11:35 AM

We're kicking off November's Long-Term Care Awareness Month on Halloween, Monday, October 31 to get the message out that you don't need to be scared of long-term care conversations!

NAIFA's Limited & Extended Care Planning (LECP) Center is hosting "Don't Be Scared of Long-Term Care," a free, day-long virtual program from 9 am to 5 pm. Included are interactive sessions from industry leaders who will address the scariest of topics in the long-term care arena. 

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Robert A. Miller to Receive NAIFA’s Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award

By NAIFA on 10/18/22 10:12 AM

NAIFA is proud to announce that Robert A. Miller, M.S., M.A., Partner at Miller-Pomerantz Insurance and Financial Services in New York City, is the recipient of NAIFA’s Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award.

Miller, a loyal member since 1983, was NAIFA’s national President for the 2011-2012 term. He had previously served as President of the NAIFA-New York state chapter and NAIFA-New York City. He was elected to the NAIFA Board of Trustees in 2005 and has served as trustee liaison to the CEO Outreach Program, the Young Advisor Team, and the Corporate Partnerships Program. He also served as chair of the NAIFA Governance Committee and was a member of the NAIFA Finance Committee.

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Forget Change and Embrace Transition In the New World Economic Disorder

By Simon Reilly on 10/17/22 10:00 AM

Over the past two to three years, there is no doubt you’ve been through a tremendous amount of change. The pandemic transformed the way we lived and worked. From career security to The Great Resignation, many of us were provided with plenty of opportunities for reflection. You went from working live to virtual and saw family and friends change careers, move from their homes (even total relocations), and pick up hobbies they’ve dreamed about for years.

Topics: Trends COVID-19
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Advantages of Your Clients Getting a Reverse Mortgage Loan Now Rather Than Later

By Harlan Accola on 10/13/22 11:24 AM

In an advertising campaign in the 1980s, Heinz ketchup used the slogan “Good things come to those who wait.” For your clients who are in their 40s or 50s and yearn to get a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (or HECM, commonly called a reverse mortgage) loan, well, like the slow trickle of ketchup out of a glass bottle, they are going to have to let time do its thing and wait at least until they reach the minimum qualifying age of 62.

But let’s assume you have a client who is already 62 or better and wants to leverage his or her home equity one day via a reverse mortgage — should the wait to get one continue or is acting now the optimal strategy?

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Commitment and Education With Brian Ashe

By Advisor Today on 10/12/22 6:00 AM

Brian Ashe is the President of Brian Ashe and Associates, Ltd., and a financial professional for Equitable Advisors. He has been a NAIFA member for 51 years and served as the President of the DuPage County Chapter. Since 1969, Brian has assisted clients with life, health, disability, annuity, and equity products in the insurance and investment business. His work concentrates on estate conservation, retirement planning, employee benefits, and business insurance strategies. Brian specializes in business continuity, transition, succession planning, executive benefits, and estate and legacy planning.

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Grow Your Business by Maximizing Your Data

By NAIFA on 10/10/22 10:30 AM

New Business Performance Center partner, AccuPoint Solutions, will host a data-driven webinar on Thursday, October 13 at 12 pm eastern. Join Founder & CEO of AccuPoint, Gary Weber, for "Data Diving: Understand and Maximizing Your Most Important Asset." Gary will help you how to best understand the complexity of the data you may have – or may want to purchase – for your sales, marketing, recruiting, and data analytics efforts.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Brenda Newton

By Ronan Friend on 10/10/22 10:00 AM

Brenda Newton describes herself as an “accidental banker.” In college, she planned to be a pharmacy researcher, but she found her passion when she started working part-time at a bank. She loved getting to know her clients and being part of a community in the days when all banking was done in person.

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Investing in the Next Generation

By NAIFA on 10/10/22 9:24 AM

There is a tremendous lack of diversity in financial services and the average age of financial advisors is 57. Part of NAIFA's mission is to help more people become aware of careers in financial services and to create a healthy, diverse workforce. Colleges and universities are filled with America's next generation of agents and advisors. NAIFA wants to be sure that these bright minds are equipped with the resources and a network to get their careers started in the right direction. NAIFA engages with these students through our Future Leaders program and as a gold sponsor at the Gamma Iota Sigma Conference, a professional fraternity for students interested in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science.

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Harry Hoopis to Receive the 2022 John Newton Russell Memorial Award

By NAIFA on 10/7/22 10:32 AM

NAIFA is proud to announce Harry P. Hoopis, CLU, CHFC, Chief Executive Officer of the Hoopis Performance Network and a renowned entrepreneur, leader, and speaker is the recipient of the 81st annual John Newton Russell Memorial Award. The award is the highest honor accorded by the insurance industry to a living individual who has rendered outstanding services to the institution of life insurance. The selection committee consists of representatives of the nine leading organizations in the life insurance and financial services industry. NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP, announced Hoopis’s selection during the 2022 Q4 State of NAIFA webinar. Hoopis will be celebrated and formally receive the award at NAIFA’s National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 14.

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NAIFA Leaders Encourage Women Advisors' Political Involvement at WIFS Conference

By NAIFA on 10/5/22 5:16 PM

NAIFA Trustees Win Havir and Aprilyn Chavez Geissler and member Sue Kuraja appeared on a panel at the recent Women in Insurance and Financial Services  (WIFS) National Conference in Phoenix to discuss: "What If the True Kingmaker Is the Queen? Taking the Power of Women to the Polls."

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Join the Advanced Practice Center for a Behavioral Insurance Webinar

By NAIFA on 10/5/22 2:45 PM

NAIFA and the Society of Financial Service Professionals will host an Advanced Practice Center webinar on Wednesday, October 12 at 2 pm eastern. Presented by John Hancock, join Matthew Gibson and John Snider II, JD as they share their insights in "Is Behavioral Insurance the Future of Life Insurance?"

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Creating Successful Leaders With Tom Michel

By Advisor Today on 10/5/22 6:00 AM

Tom Michel is the Immediate Past President of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors), where he has been a member since 1986. He is the Managing Director of Michel Financial Group, where he and his wife have over 70 years of combined experience in the industry. His prior experience includes working as the Managing Partner for New York Life Insurance Company and as a General Agent for UNIFI Companies.

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Did You Miss IFAPAC's Nathan Gonzales Webinar? He'll Be In Person at NAIFA's NLC

By NAIFA on 9/29/22 5:39 PM

NAIFA IFAPAC contributors received an exclusive elections update from nationally renowned political expert Nathan Gonzales. The webinar provided a big picture overview six weeks out from the November midterms and insights into factors that could turn specific races for House and Senate seats as well as state governorships and determine who will make decisions that will impact NAIFA members’ businesses and clients.

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NAIFA Family Response Fund to Assist Members Impacted by Hurricane Ian and Other Disasters

By NAIFA on 9/28/22 1:51 PM

The NAIFA Family Response Fund is open to assist members of the association who suffer losses due to Hurricane Ian, which is expected to impact much of Florida as a potentially catastrophic storm. The Fund is also open to assist NAIFA members who suffered losses due to Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the federally declared Mississippi Water Crisis.

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On the Path to Excellence and Financial Empowerment With Brian Haney

By Suzanne Carawan on 9/28/22 5:00 AM

Brian Haney is the Founder and CEO of The Haney Company, an insurance agency with a mission committed to providing high-quality financial services to its clients. Brian and his father, Allen, combined their independent practices into a full-service multi-line business that offers personalized financial advice and guidance. Brian is also NAIFA’s 2018 Diversity Champion, an author, an association expert, and a financial advisor.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Nathan G. James

By Ronan Friend on 9/26/22 10:00 AM

Nathan James always knew he wanted to make a career helping people, so when a friend introduced him to NAIFA-AK Past President Nathan McKay, he knew he had found the right place. Two years later, he is creating customized strategies to help individuals and families reach their retirement goals as a New York Life Insurance Co. agent. 

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Empowering Strategies for a Better Tomorrow with Kevin Mayeux

By Suzanne Carawan on 9/21/22 5:00 AM

Kevin Mayeux is the CEO of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors), the premier professional home for agents and advisors. With immense leadership experience in international and domestic organizations for over 20 years, Kevin has been a strong advocate for organizational efficacy that brings exceptional results. He focuses his efforts on helping leaders achieve strategic financial success by sharing his expert opinion and building meaningful relationships with organizations and communities.

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Reverse Mortgage Loans: Imaginative Ways They Can Be Used in Retirement Planning

By Harlan Accola on 9/16/22 10:39 AM

Here are three ways people 62 and older (working in tandem with their advisors) can incorporate reverse mortgages into sound retirement plans to potentially improve retirement outcomes.

When it comes to making savings last over a lengthy retirement period, retirees have no shortage of obstacles to contend with: soaring inflation, longer life expectancy, volatile markets, exuberant long-term care costs — the list goes on and on.

Reverse mortgages can help solve many challenges in retirement. But too often the strategic use of home wealth, and consequently reverse mortgages, is something older-adult homeowners and their advisors fail to consider. Two big reasons why reverse mortgages are often omitted from the retirement-income planning conversation are outdated misconceptions and enduring perceptions about how reverse mortgages work and how they are best used. And that’s unfortunate because today’s reverse mortgages have some powerful features — along with recently enhanced consumer protections — that can make them a valuable and effective tool in retirement planning.

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NAIFA Works on Multiple Fronts to Serve the Hispanic Population

By NAIFA on 9/15/22 2:42 PM

NAIFA is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15. 

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NAIFA Announces 2023 National Leadership Nominees

By NAIFA on 9/15/22 11:00 AM

NAIFA’s Committee on Governance has nominated Douglas B. Massey, LUTCF, FSS, Owner of Doug Massey Financial Services in San Angelo, TX, to be the 2023 NAIFA Secretary. A current member of NAIFA’s Board of Trustees, Massey has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1987. As incoming Secretary, Massey will be in line to serve as President-Elect in 2024 and President in 2025.

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NAIFA Past President Dennis Merideth Has Passed Away

By NAIFA on 9/13/22 2:37 PM

NAIFA is sad to learn that association Past President Dennis R. Merideth, CLU, ChFC, of Tucson, AZ, passed away September 10. He was a loyal NAIFA member since 1971.

Topics: Leaders
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Julianne Hertel

By Ronan Friend on 9/12/22 10:00 AM

In 2007, Julianne Hertel, LACP, was looking for a new career. She talked with several professionals to explore her options but found the perfect fit with New York Life. Now, she helps protect Main Street Americans with comprehensive insurance and financial planning. 

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NAIFA-Los Angeles Recognized in LIAM Resolutions by Local and State Lawmakers

By NAIFA on 9/9/22 10:09 AM

NAIFA-Los Angeles members have worked with local and state elected representatives to get official recognition of September as Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM). The City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and California State Senate have all issued resolutions or certificates recognizing NAIFA and LIAM.

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NAIFA Leaders in the Field

By NAIFA on 9/7/22 4:25 PM

NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LACP, LUTCF, and President-Elect Byron Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, are representing NAIFA's Office of the President in upcoming speaking engagements around the country. NAIFA thought leaders offer insights into the state of NAIFA, the financial services industry, and the community of agents and advisors.

Topics: Leaders
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A Question of Ethics: Moving Through the Third Quarter

By Frank C. Bearden, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC on 9/7/22 10:00 AM

NAIFA Members Recognized as Forbes Top Financial Security Professionals 2022

Once again Forbes and SHOOK Research have selected the industry’s premier financial security professionals, answering the question “Would we recommend these professionals to a family member or friend?” The answer this year has resulted in 27 NAIFA members who serve Main Street USA by actively promoting financial literacy in their clients’ best interests and following the NAIFA Code of Ethics. You can view the list of these professionals in Advisor Today. While these professionals clearly support each of the 9 obligations in the NAIFA Code, we can be sure they are reflections of obligations 2 and 5:

Topics: Leaders Ethics
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Angela White

By Ronan Friend on 9/6/22 10:00 AM

Angela White is committed to recruiting diverse talent into the insurance and financial services industry and making sure they have the resources they need to succeed.

Getting Started

After several years in sales, White took a job recruiting agents and fell in love with the industry. She’s motivated by a genuine drive to connect with people and have meaningful conversations. She seeks out underrepresented talent—women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals—and finds ways to set them up for success.

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NAIFA Is a Strong Supporter of Life Insurance Awareness Month

By NAIFA on 9/1/22 11:00 AM

Life insurance is a crucial part of any solid financial plan, but 41% of Americans say they don’t have sufficient life insurance coverage. That's why NAIFA partner Life Happens created Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) and why NAIFA strongly supports efforts to promote the benefits of life insurance during September and all year long. For agents and advisors, LIAM is the perfect time to meet with your clients to make sure their life insurance coverage meets their needs. 

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Maximize Your Leads: Why Operating a Dynamic Ping Tree Is Essential for Underwriting More Insurance Policies

By Ken Leibow on 8/31/22 10:00 AM

In the past, I have written about lead generation solutions as well as tracking clients on customer relationship management tools (CRMs) and marketing programs, but there hasn’t been a focus on lead conversions. At an industry conference this year, I learned about Phonexa, the company working to bridge the gap to generate more sales from leads. It’s important that advisors, especially those who run agencies and invest heavily in lead generation through marketing, learn about maximizing those leads.  

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Growing and Establishing Your Brand at NAIFA With Suzanne Carawan

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/31/22 5:00 AM

Suzanne Carawan is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the premier professional home for agents and advisors. She has more than a decade of experience working in fast-growth tech companies in social networking, events, CRM, and virtualization. She is passionate about establishing and growing technology companies globally and leverages her social and high-tech digital marketing background to provide insightful commentary to audiences worldwide. 

Suzanne holds an MBA in management of global information and high-tech marketing from the Kogod School of Business at American University and an MPH in international health economics and social marketing and research design from Tulane University. She also received her BA in philosophy with minors in biology and government and politics from the University of Maryland. 

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Matt Georgopulos

By Ronan Friend on 8/29/22 10:00 AM

Since he started his insurance and financial services career in 2006, Matt Georgopulos, LACP, has done it all—underwriting, futures trading, rock band management, and more.  Now, he specializes in helping families find the right home, auto, and life insurance. 

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NAIFA’s Holz and Kagawa Take Their Thought Leadership to a Global Stage

By NAIFA on 8/29/22 9:54 AM

NAIFA leaders Bryon Holz, ChFC, CLU, LACP, and Stephen Kagawa, FSS, LUTCF, LACP, are presenting at the 2022 MDRT Global Conference in Sydney, Australia. Sharing their industry knowledge and experience with a global audience, Holz is NAIFA’s 2022 President-Elect and Kagawa, NAIFA’s 2020 Diversity Champion, is a member of NAIFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

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NAIFA Members Recognized as Forbes Top Financial Security Professionals 2022

By NAIFA on 8/24/22 4:21 PM

Each year, Forbes and SHOOK Research select the industry's premier financial security professionals. The Forbes Top Financial Security Professionals list aims to answer the question: “Would we recommend these professionals to a family member or a friend?”

Rather than focusing on performance and profits, Forbes selects candidates based on quantitative factors (including production, assets under management (AUM), and client-related trends and data) and qualitative factors (including adherence to best practices, use of team and team dynamics, and level of community involvement).

This year's Top Financial Security Professionals list includes 27 NAIFA members:

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Grassroots & Relationships With NAIFA’s Andrew Holt

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/24/22 5:00 AM

Andrew Holt is the Government Relations and Grassroots Manager at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). NAIFA works on behalf of its members to promote a favorable regulative environment, provide professional education services, and ensure ethical professional conduct for insurance and financial advisors.

Andrew spent several years of his career in the political arena, getting his start as an intern for a senate race in South Carolina, where he found his passion for connecting voters with elected officials. This eventually led to his current position at NAIFA, where he influences public and elected officials on legislative priorities, engages volunteers in grassroots efforts, and leads grassroots lobbying efforts at the state level. 

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E4 Presents a Special BREW Featuring NAIFA Past President Juli McNeely

By NAIFA on 8/23/22 10:00 AM

On August 31, join NAIFA-Past President Juli McNeely, LUTCF, CFP, CLU for “Risk Matters,” a Building Relationships Every Week (BREW) webinar from E4 Insurance 

In this session, McNeely will share insights on how to help your clients evaluate risk and the importance of consistently analyzing risk. A loyal NAIFA member since 1996, McNeely is Past President of NAIFA-WI, a graduate of NAIFA’s Leadership in Life Institute (LILI), and a Financial Security Advocate.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Scott Gulledge

By Ronan Friend on 8/22/22 10:00 AM

For HealthMarkets insurance agent Scott Gulledge, it’s all about problem-solving. He knows that health insurance is one of the biggest expenses for families and business owners and he works every day to find the best price for the coverage his clients need. 

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E4 Presents a Special BREW Featuring Jon Jacobs

By NAIFA on 8/19/22 10:00 AM

On August 24, join LIBRA Senior VP of Business Development Jon Jacobs for a 15-minute industry update.

Jacobs will discuss:

  • Major trends in insurance and financial services
  • The relationship between the insurance and wealth management industries
  • The potential impact of brokerage mergers and acquisitions
  • How private equity is affecting the industry 

Tune in on August 24 at 1 pm eastern for this webinar in the Building Relationships Every Week (BREW) series.

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NAIFA Announces New Employee and Executive Benefits Center to Aid Professionals Providing Business Resources

By NAIFA on 8/18/22 11:55 AM

NAIFA announces the launch of the Employee and Executive Benefits Center (EBC), the newest of NAIFA’s Centers for Excellence, at NAIFA’s Apex sales summit. The EBC is a community of agents, firms, carriers, and vendors that offers top-notch resources, innovative research, access to industry thought leaders, and opportunities for collaboration in the benefits space.

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NAIFA’s Leadership in Life Institute Receives ASAE Gold Power of Associations Award

By NAIFA on 8/17/22 2:00 PM

NAIFA’s Leadership in Life Institute (LILI) has received a 2022 Power of Associations Gold Award from ASAE, the Center for Association Leadership. The Power of Associations Awards honor “associations that go above and beyond their everyday mission to undertake initiatives that have far-reaching benefits important to their profession or industry.”

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Becoming a Successful Financial Advisor With Chris Gandy

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/17/22 5:00 AM

Chris Gandy is the Founder of Midwest Legacy Group LLC, a boutique concierge insurance group for executives, professional athletes, physicians, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It focuses on the client's interests in wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, retirement strategies, insurance, asset protection, and investments.

Chris played professionally for the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs, and in L'Hermaine, France, after playing for the Fighting Illini at the University of Illinois. After the NBA, Chris worked as a Representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the APEX Consulting Group LLC, and was the Senior Vice President of Sales at MassMutual Chicago.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Ryan Mulholland

By Ronan Friend on 8/15/22 10:00 AM

When Ryan Mulholland was young, his father told him that he should sell insurance. But it would take years of hard work—and no small amount of serendipity—for him to begin his career as an insurance agent. Now in his second year as a State Farm agent, he loves his work because he helps protect families every day. 

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NAIFA Members Earn the LACP Designation

By NAIFA on 8/11/22 1:00 PM

Congratulations to the NAIFA members who earned the Life and Annuity Certified Professional (LACP) certification during the July testing window.

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Upcoming Virtual Event: Helping Middle-Income Families Protect Their Financial Future

By NAIFA on 8/11/22 10:00 AM

On August 24, tune in for "Helping Middle-Income Families Protect Their Financial Future," a LinkedIn Live event presented by NAIFA partners LIMRA and the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI).

Hear insights into Americans' perception of life insurance from a panel of industry experts: Susan Neely, President and CEO of ACLI; David Levenson, President and CEO of LIMRA and LOMA; and Alison Salka, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and head of LIMRA research.

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Building Legacies Through Financial Planning With Chris Gandy

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/10/22 5:00 AM

Chris Gandy is the Founder of Midwest Legacy Group LLC, a boutique concierge insurance group for executives, professional athletes, physicians, business owners, and entrepreneurs. It focuses on the client's interests in the areas of wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, retirement strategies, insurance, asset protection, and investments.

Chris played professionally for the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs, and in L'Hermaine, France after playing for the Fighting Illini at the University of Illinois. After the NBA, Chris worked as a Representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the APEX Consulting Group LLC, and was the Senior Vice President of Sales at MassMutual Chicago.

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NAIFA Is a Proud Sponsor of TJ Johnson as Announced at The American College's 2022 CAAFP

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/9/22 6:28 PM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is proud to announce its participation in The American College of Financial Services' sixteenth annual Conference of African American Financial Professionals. The event is being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. this week and is attended by many NAIFA members and association partners.

NAIFA is a benefactor this year and provided a scholarship to Mitrick "TJ" Johnson, a rising senior at Alabama A&M University. The HBCU institution is a traditional 1890 land grant university established the same year as NAIFA and greatly expanded the efforts of its 1879 founder, Dr. William Hooper Councill, into creating a sustainable institution focused on teaching, research, and public service. 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Christine Pikutis-Musuneggi

By Ronan Friend on 8/8/22 10:00 AM

As a college student, Christine Pikutis-Musuneggi, CPRC, CLTC, LACP, planned to study architecture. Her plans changed, however, when her family inherited a third-generation business and needed a financial planner to work with insurance agents, attorneys, accountants, and the other professionals required to run a business. So, Pikutis-Musuneggi changed her major to business management and became a financial planner. 

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Apex Learning Lab to Delve into Nonqualified Benefits

By NAIFA on 8/5/22 4:04 PM

In a competitive job market, businesses are looking to financial professionals for benefits to help them attract and keep talent. Nonqualified benefits, like deferred compensation plans, may be a good solution to appeal to executives looking for pre-tax opportunities beyond IRAs and 401(k) plans to accumulate greater wealth for retirement. Knowing the ins and outs of these products may help you practice stand out and appeal to a larger pool of business clients.

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New Podcast Series Expands NAIFA’s Advisor Today Brand to Bring More High-Quality Content to Agents and Advisors

By NAIFA on 8/5/22 9:22 AM

NAIFA’s Advisor Today magazine has launched a new Podcast series featuring outstanding NAIFA members and partners sharing their stories and answering questions about their own professional success. Their insights will offer practical ideas and inspire agents and advisors to reach their own levels of peak performance. Industry thought leaders featured on Advisor Today podcasts have a deep understanding of the insurance and financial services industry and what it takes to thrive in the profession.

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Upcoming DEI Webinar Features NAIFA Members Toni Gonzales and Kristen Hall Eskew

By NAIFA on 8/4/22 2:47 PM

On August 10, 2022, tune in for "DEI Success: From Making a Great Hire to Serving a Wider Audience."

Presented by InsuranceNewsNet, this special webinar will feature two NAIFA members: Kristen Hall Eskew, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at OneDigital, and Toni L. Gonzales, MBA, LACP, Vice President of Sales at Ohio National Financial Services and Vice President of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS).

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NAIFA Family Response Fund to Assist Members Impacted by Kentucky Floods

By NAIFA on 8/1/22 4:24 PM

NAIFA has opened access to the NAIFA Family Response Fund to assist members of the association impacted by devastating flooding in Kentucky that resulted in a federal disaster declaration covering many of the state’s counties. In addition to widespread flooding, severe storms, mudslides, and wind and tornado damage have resulted in significant property losses and fatalities.

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How Did Caleb Guilliams Become the Youngest Person to Run a Life Insurance Unit in History at a Bank?

By Suzanne Carawan on 8/1/22 5:00 AM

Caleb Guilliams is the Founder and CEO of BetterWealth, a company that helps people gain control over their money today while maximizing their future wealth potential. At an early age, Caleb read every financial book he could get his hands on. Now, he’s one of the youngest leaders in the industry and is quickly becoming “the new face of finance.” Caleb is the Author of The AND Asset, hosts the BetterWealth podcast, and is on a mission to impact as many lives as possible.

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Legendary NAIFA Leader Peter Browne Has Passed Away

By NAIFA on 7/29/22 12:14 PM

NAIFA is sad to announce that Peter C. Browne, former NAIFA National Treasurer and Past President of NAIFA-NY, has passed away. Peter was a loyal NAIFA member since 1965. During his career spanning nearly six decades, he achieved phenomenal success as an advisor and agency manager, much of it with Price, Raffel & Browne, a firm he co-founded.

Topics: NAIFA Leaders
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NAIFA's Mayeux Offers His Expertise on 'The Financially Astute Association'

By NAIFA on 7/28/22 5:39 PM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, who has overseen the rebirth and transformation of NAIFA under the NAIFA 20/20 and now the NAIFA 2025 Strategic Plans knows his stuff when it comes to association management.

Topics: NAIFA Leaders
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Stay on Top of Current Legislation with NAIFA's Get Out the Vote

By NAIFA on 7/28/22 10:00 AM

Do you know what laws have passed in your state legislature this year? As a financial services professional, knowing current and pending laws and regulations is essential.

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#GettingMillennialsInsured with LIMRA and ACLI

By Ronan Friend on 7/26/22 1:14 PM

On July 20, NAIFA participated in the #GettingMillennialsInsured Twitter chat hosted by LIMRA and the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). The chat was an informative and insightful discussion with LIMRA, ACLI, NAIFA partner Life Happens, and Life Happens President & CEO Faisa Stafford.

Participants discussed: 

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes toward life insurance 
  • How to increase awareness of the need for life insurance 
  • How to dispel misconceptions about life insurance 
  • How to increase access to life insurance 
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The Coalition for Equity in Wholesaling Promotes Diversity in Insurance & Financial Services

By NAIFA on 7/26/22 10:00 AM

NAIFA is a proud member of the Coalition for Equity in Wholesaling (CEW), a group founded by Equitable to increase the number of diverse professionals in the role of insurance wholesaler. Wholesalers play an important role by building relationships with insurance and financial advisors and providing them with insurance and investment products that meet the specific needs of consumers. These partnerships are key to ensuring that all Americans have access to insurance and financial products, services, and advice. 

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How to Thrive During a Recession

By Simon Reilly on 7/21/22 10:00 AM

Humanity can survive anything. We’ve seen our economy sink and soar, our communities fight against disease, and despite the circumstances, find hope to carry on—not only carry on but thrive enough to build the world as we experience it today. Our families experienced The Great Depression, and you may have witnessed firsthand the impact of the 2008 financial crisis. While you may be experiencing the full effect of the fear-based language around an unavoidable recession from the news or family and friends, you know you’ll make it through.

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Lifetime Financial Group Is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 7/20/22 10:00 AM

Lifetime Financial Group Owner Jay Meneely has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1983. Now, his whole team benefits from NAIFA membership. 

Education First

Lifetime was founded on giving financial education workshops. As Meneely says, “We're an educational firm that specializes in the delivery of financial products.” Meneely and his team work with employers to educate employees about their group benefits.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Nicholas Limongelli

By Ronan Friend on 7/18/22 10:00 AM

In 2012, Nicholas Limongelli went into the family business and joined Northeast Financial Network. Now the Director of Insurance Brokerage, Limongelli helps his clients find the right disability insurance coverage and serves as a resource for other financial advisors who sell disability insurance. 

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NAIFA's Top Leaders, Renowned Keynotes, and an Olympic Gold Medalist Highlight NAIFA-FL Event

By NAIFA on 7/18/22 9:52 AM

The NAIFA-FL Financial Advisors Sales Symposium featured nationally known keynote speakers, insightful educational breakout sessions, and a high-powered panel discussion by members of NAIFA’s top national leadership, including President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP, President-Elect Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, Secretary Tom Cothron, LUTCF, FSCP, and CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE.

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NAIFA Expands its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts through New Outreach to Financial Services Professionals and Prospective Professionals

By NAIFA on 7/15/22 9:01 AM

NAIFA Invites Women and Hispanic Agents and Advisors to Two New Programs in August

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has announced the addition of two programs that will run on Tuesday, August 16th pre-conference to its upcoming Apex event being held in Phoenix, Arizona. The sessions focus on raising awareness for state, interstate, and federal advocacy and stress the importance of financial advisors to get involved, starting with voting, in the political process.

The first session focuses on women working in the financial services industry and emphasizes why now, more than ever, it is critical for women advisors to be the voice of the clients in their care. The session will be co-led by NAIFA and the Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) and features Diane Boyle, Senior Vice President, NAIFA Government Relations, and Toni Gonzales, MBA, LACP, Vice President, Ohio National Financial Services, both of whom are members of both NAIFA and WIFS.

The second session focuses on issues critical to Hispanic advisors and agents. Focusing on the need to get involved in grassroots efforts and build long-term relationships with legislators and regulators, the session will feature Aprilyn Chavez Geissler, NAIFA Trustee and First EVP, Gateway Financial Advisors, and Jose Rodriguez, Jr., Optimized Financial and Insurance Services, as well as Diane Boyle.

Get Out the Vote Resources Now Available

By NAIFA on 7/14/22 10:00 AM

Whether you're new to political advocacy or a grassroots leader, NAIFA's Get Out the Vote is a great resource for everything you need to know about NAIFA's political advocacy. Find information on polling dates and locations, ballot measures, and your elected officials. Brush up on Government 101 or find the text of individual bills—this site has useful information for everyone.

Topics: Advocacy
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LIMRA Finds Employers Look to Modify Employee Benefits Offerings

By NAIFA on 7/14/22 8:54 AM

A new survey by NAIFA’s industry partner LIMRA and EY found that about 75% of employers believe they will need to modify their employee benefits packages within the next five years to attract and retain top talent. Among the top benefits employers believe workers will be most interested in are: life insurance, paid family and medical leave, short-term disability, long-term disability, and physical wellness programs. The survey also found that a significant portion of workers place a greater value on workplace insurance benefits – particularly health insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance – than they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Being a Great Advisor: Help Your Clients Stay Healthy

By Dan Mangus, Vice President of Sales, Senior Marketing Specialists on 7/13/22 10:00 AM

As an insurance advisor for individuals on Medicare, it is critical that you do everything in your power to give your clients access to care through a well-thought-out and comprehensive insurance package. You can help them stay healthy by utilizing Medicare’s preventive health benefits. It can be challenging for your clients to keep up with the preventive services they have received and when they are eligible for another service.

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How to Use Trusted Contacts to Gain New Clients

By Cameron Huddleston on 7/12/22 10:00 AM

Do you ask your clients for trusted contacts?

Since 2018, brokerage firms have been required by FINRA Rule 4512 to ask their retail customers to provide the name and contact information of a trusted contact person. Although the rule applies only to broker-dealers, it’s still a best practice for all wealth management and financial advisory firms to gather this information from clients. 

Unfortunately, time-strapped advisors too often treat getting trusted contacts as an administrative task versus an opportunity to grow their practice. Trusted contact record-keeping should be thought of as a critical practice infrastructure, contributing far more than a list of emergency numbers. If you’re not already asking clients for trusted contacts, here are two key reasons why you should.

Reason 1: Protect aging clients from fraud and exploitation

As an advisor, you help clients build sound financial plans. However, all of that planning can be for nothing if your clients lose their money to elder financial exploitation. Millions of older Americans become victims of scams or financial abuse each year and lose more than $3 billion annually to these crimes, according to the FBI.

The aim of FINRA Rule 4512 is to protect investors—particularly seniors—from fraud and exploitation. Firms can reach out to their customers’ trusted contacts if they are concerned about activity in customers’ accounts. 

Advisors are the first line of defense for older adult clients. By creating your own trusted contacts policy, you can get authorization from clients to reach out to someone they trust if you suspect your clients’ assets are at risk of exploitation. A trusted contact can help you confirm suspicions that a client’s financial decision-making ability has been impacted by cognitive decline issues or that a client is being taken advantage of by scammers or even family members. In short, it’s the right thing to do to provide your clients with the protection they deserve. 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Brian Falconer

By Ronan Friend on 7/11/22 10:00 AM

Brian Falconer, LUTCF, is a Managing Partner at Securian Advisors of New England with a heart for serving Main Street USA and mentoring the next generation of financial professionals.

Getting Started

Brian Falconer says that when he was growing up in Portsmouth, NH, financial literacy was non-existent in his family. His grandparents were immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and Italy, and none of them graduated from high school. When he attended Fordham University, he became the first in his family to attend college. He had always been good at math but found that majoring in accounting wasn’t for him. When he took courses and finance and economics, however, he found his passion and graduated with a major in finance and a minor in economics.

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Cheryl Canzanella Receives Double Recognition for Her Membership Recruiting Efforts

By NAIFA on 7/8/22 4:46 PM

We’re proud to recognize NAIFA member Cheryl Canzanella, CLU, ChSNC, LUTCF, winner of two NAIFA 2022 Q2 awards. Canzanella won the Grand Prize in NAIFA’s Q2 Referral Contest, recruiting 17 new members. She was also honored as NAIFA’s Q2 Membership Hardhat Winner, given to a member who “lays it on the line” for NAIFA membership. 

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NAIFA-IN Past President George Beutter Has Passed Away

By NAIFA on 7/7/22 4:29 PM

NAIFA is sad to learn that NAIFA-Indiana Past President George "Andy" Beutter, LUTCF, FSS, LACP, passed away on July 2 in South Bend, IN. Well-loved by his community, Beutter’s passion was protecting families. He treated his clients like family and was known for his kindness, optimism, and passion for life. 

Beutter became a loyal member of NAIFA (then the National Association of Life Underwriters) in 1990. He served in many roles with NAIFA-IN, including as President from 2011-2012, Trustee, Treasurer, and member of the Government Relations Board and Committee and the State Executive Committee.

Topics: Leaders
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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Michael Case

By Ronan Friend on 7/6/22 10:00 AM

In 2012, Michael Case was working in sales and looking for a new career. In the process of administering his father’s estate, he was working with several financial service professionals and found their work intriguing. After a few conversations with the managing director at Northwestern Mutual, he decided to join Northwestern Mutual as a financial advisor.

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Fifth Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Growth for U.S. Life Insurance Premium

By LIMRA on 6/30/22 10:00 AM

Total U.S. life insurance new annualized premium increased 17% in the first quarter of 2022, representing the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit premium growth, according to LIMRA’s First Quarter 2022 U.S. Retail Life Insurance Sales Survey.

“Nearly half of life insurers reported premium gains in the first quarter but the majority of the growth came from the top 10 carriers. Nine of the top 10 reported double-digit growth. Combined, their sales increased 32% from last year,” said John Carroll, senior vice president, head of insurance and annuities, LIMRA and LOMA. “While the overall number of policies sold was lower than the record sales set in first quarter 2021, policy sales matched pre-pandemic levels.”

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Nicholas Lamanna

By Ronan Friend on 6/29/22 10:00 AM

For Nicholas Lamanna, serving his hardworking clients is a passion both inside and outside of the office.

Getting Started

When Nicholas Lamanna graduated from Old Dominion University, he moved just outside of Manhattan to become a standup comic. He was waiting tables during the day and performing at night but knew he needed to make more money. He didn’t know the first thing about finance, but a hiring manager at a Midtown investment bank decided to take a chance on him. After a year as a stockbroker, Lamanna decided to pursue a master’s degree in finance and started his career at Northwestern Mutual not long after.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Heather Lindsley

By Ronan Friend on 6/27/22 10:00 AM

A financial advisor with Guided Path Financial Services and Retirement Planning, Heather Lindsley, LUTCF, RICP, LACP1, serves her community in Green Bay, WI, by building meaningful connections.

What It’s All About

Lindsley came to insurance and financial services at the suggestion of a friend, but she didn’t take the leap right away. She had young children at the time, but once they were old enough for school, she decided to give it a try. 

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Joshua Ruble

By Ronan Friend on 6/24/22 10:00 AM

When Joshua Ruble graduated from college, he didn’t plan on a career in insurance. However, when a friend suggested a Risk Management Advisor role in Dallas, he quickly took the opportunity and relocated from Oregon.

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A Question of Ethics: Moving Through the Second Quarter

By Frank C. Bearden, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC on 6/23/22 10:00 AM

Examples of Following the Code

NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security

The first example of ethical behavior comes from a decision by NAIFA to form the NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security, which is intended to grow the number of ethical financial services professionals to better serve American households and small businesses.

The Foundation is intended to increase the number of practicing advisors and will advance financial literacy and promote financial security among all Americans, with an emphasis on traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. To this end, NAIFA returned for NAIFA's 7th Annual Diversity Symposium on May 23, 2022. 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Ryan Ballesteros

By Ronan Friend on 6/22/22 10:00 AM

When Ryan Ballesteros1 was studying Forensic Psychology at Walden University, he didn’t imagine a career helping protect families as a life insurance agent, much less becoming a Partner at New York Life. However, when his son’s mother was pregnant with their first child, Ballesteros saw the power of life insurance. His son’s grandfather passed away, leaving a death benefit to take care of his wife and six children. Ballesteros was able to pay off debt, start a savings account for his son and purchase life insurance for himself.

Around the same time, Ballesteros reached the top of his career path. He considered his New York Life agent and wondered, “What would it be like if I was walking in their shoes?” That’s when he decided to become a financial professional with New York Life, to make a real difference in the lives of families like his own.

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Fairway Presents Webinar on Retirement Risks in a Post-COVID World

By NAIFA on 6/17/22 11:05 AM

Join us on July 8, 2022, at 11 am eastern for the webinar "Retirement Risks in a Post-COVID World."

Financial services speaker and bestselling author Joseph Jordan will identify the challenges facing the insurance and financial services industry after the COVID-19 pandemic ends and address the six retirement risks consumers should consider:

  • Longevity – Risk of Outliving Assets
  • Market and Interest Rate Risk
  • Withdrawal Rate Risk
  • Sequence of Return Risk
  • Purchasing Power/Inflation Risk
  • Health Risks
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How To Prepare and Cope With Conversations About a Recession

By Simon Reilly on 6/16/22 10:00 AM

There may be whispers in your office or tension after your last client call because everyone is wondering the same thingwill this be as bad as the last one? 

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Educators Insurance Resource Services, Inc., in St. Paul, MN Is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 6/15/22 10:00 AM

In 1978, Gary Havir, LUTCF, was ready for a career change when a client suggested he work in the insurance and financial services industry. At first, he wasn’t interested. However, after a few conversations, he decided to give it a shot. He interviewed with nine insurance companies, but chose Horace Mann because of his passion for serving teachers, educators, and school employees. 

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Jamie Matson

By Ronan Friend on 6/13/22 10:00 AM

Jamie Matson serves her clients at The Haney Company with a personal connection. 

Making a Difference

When Matson started her career in human resources, she soon found a passion for employee benefits. Through her work, she became acquainted with several colleagues in the insurance industry. So, when she decided it was time for a change, she took a role as an account executive at a benefits brokerage firm. 

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LACP Is One More Way to Differentiate

By John Boyle on 6/10/22 10:45 AM

The purpose of NAIFA is to advocate for, educate, and differentiate its members in the industry. NAIFA Arizona member Thomas Shultz understands the need for an advisor to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. From the way he prospects for clients, the name he has given his practice, and the credentials he has pursued, Shultz takes every opportunity to stand out in the industry.

Shultz has set up his firm as Medicare specialists who help clients with Medicare supplement plans, a prescription drug plan, or a Medicare Advantage plan and then, as appropriate, transition them to a broader financial planning client. All his clients come through Medicare marketing. He says his experience shows, “If you do a good job servicing that book of business, you’re able to get to a lot of assets.”

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How Homebuyers 62+ Could Double Their Home Buying Power — Despite Rising Interest Rates

By Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. on 6/10/22 10:00 AM

Few things in life will affect the post-employment life of your older-adult clients as much as their home and their cash flow. This article from Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation is intended for an audience of financial professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life of older-adult Americans. 

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NAIFA’s Mayeux Touts Financial Security and Lifetime Income for National Annuity Awareness Month

By NAIFA on 6/8/22 10:58 AM

NAIFA is a proud member of the Coalition for Annuity Awareness, and CEO Kevin Mayeux, CAE, has joined fellow association CEOs to celebrate and promote June as National Annuity Awareness Month. He contributed statements on NAIFA’s behalf to a video presentation and a press release put together by the coalition.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Cliff Kwartner

By Ronan Friend on 6/8/22 10:00 AM

When Cliff Kwartner was studying business administration in college, he didn’t know what he wanted to do. When he graduated, he narrowed his job offers down to two positions: mortgage broker or insurance agent. He decided to go into insurance because he saw it as a career rather than just a job. It was 2008—he made the right choice. 

Making a Difference

Kwartner loved his career from the start—he loved talking to new people and helping them plan for the life they wanted. One of the benefits of being an insurance agent is building relationships with others in the industry, says Kwartner. “Your reputation is your biggest asset. If you do good business and you do things the right way, that will go a long way.”

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Vincent Dallo

By NAIFA on 6/7/22 5:02 PM

Vinny Dallo, ChFC®, CLU®, CLTC, LUTCF, serves as President-Elect for NAIFA- New York and has been a loyal NAIFA member since 2005. He practices with Kappan Financial, LLC, in Fairport, NY, where he specializes in personal financial planning.

Vinny’s introduction to the financial services industry is rather unique. He was initially brought on to the MetLife team as a call center manager. He excelled in the position after creating a subscription service that called MetLife advisors’ current clients to strengthen their existing relationships. For a minimal price, advisors both new and established could sign up for these “warm appointments” that ultimately lead to stronger advisor-client relationships and increased production. Vinny’s initial job as a call center manager enabled him to see the ins and outs of a career as a financial advisor with MetLife before pursuing it himself.

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Grow Your Client Base with Targeted Seminars

By Wallace Stone, President of Medsupp National and CEO of the Medicare Education Network on 6/7/22 10:00 AM

As an insurance agent, getting in front of people to deliver your message can be one of your most challenging tasks. For agents looking to attract new clients in today’s market, expertise is everything. Seminars establish your expertise and can put you in front of a large group of people in a single setting. This type of marketing is one of the most cost-effective and time-saving ways to grow your business.

When giving a seminar, you need to study the material you plan on delivering, and having a short PowerPoint presentation is a great visual tool for you to convey the information. If someone is not confident in your expertise, they are simply not going to do business with you. This does not mean you need to know every answer, nor will you. It is ok to say, “I’m not sure. I will find that answer for you.” If you provide accurate, helpful information and appear confident, people are far more likely to trust you and more likely to do business with you.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Randy Ball

By Ronan Friend on 6/6/22 10:00 AM

At 39 years old, Randall Ball, CLU®, was looking for a career change and found it at Northwestern Mutual. Ball’s friend James R. Goodrich, CLU®, ChFC®, loyal NAIFA member since 1971, recruited him to the industry and NAIFA and Ball never looked back. 

The Keys to Success

For Ball, there are three qualities every agent and advisor should have—they should have a sense of intellectual curiosity, be a good listener, and be able to put the information they glean into a solid plan. “If you’re the only one doing the talking, it’s a bad meeting,” he says.

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Loyal NAIFA Member Gilbert Mares Wins the Will G. Farrell Public Service Award

By NAIFA on 6/3/22 10:39 AM

Congratulations to loyal NAIFA member Gilbert Mares, MPA, LUTCF, 2022 winner of the prestigious Will G. Farrell Public Service Award!

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Steve Berg

By Ronan Friend on 6/3/22 10:00 AM

For Steve Berg, AAI, CIC, LIC, helping people always comes first—no matter what. He and his team follow one principle: “Help the people and the numbers will take care of themselves."

When Berg started his independent agency, Berg Insurance Services, it was a homecoming of sorts. After spending three years as an insurance agent, he experimented with other careers, but he always knew he’d end up in financial services. When he reached a fork in the road of his career, he knew it was the right time to come back.

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OneAmerica Partners with The American College to Promote Financial Literacy

By NAIFA on 6/2/22 11:26 AM

NAIFA partner OneAmerica has partnered with The American College of Financial Services to offer the free financial and personal wellness course "Know Yourself, Grow Your Wealth."

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Erik Mickalson

By Ronan Friend on 6/1/22 10:00 AM

After several years in restaurant management, Erik Mickalson decided it was time for a change. He applied for a job at American Family Insurance, where his aunt and uncle were long-time agents. He got the job, but not because of nepotism—the recruiter who hired him didn’t find out about his family ties until months later.

After 16 years with American Family, Mickalson says the best thing about his job is being able to help people and protect families every day. He’s a multiline agent, but his bread and butter are life, home, auto, and commercial property insurance. While he works with a diverse array of clients, many of his clients are families like his own with middle-grade children. He jokes that his children’s soccer games are a great way to find prospects.

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Obstacles Can Become Opportunities and a New LACP Certification

By Mark Briscoe on 5/31/22 12:36 PM

Obstacles can open a whole new world of opportunities for growth and success. Han Suk Kim, a New York Life financial professional and agent, took every obstacle thrown his way with grace and resiliency, cultivating a successful career and giving back to the community in Fort Lee, NJ. 

Han Suk Kim, CLTC, LACP, Chairman’s Council 2021; The Chairman’s Council is an annual New York Life recognition program based on agent production from July 1-June 30. Kim has achieved membership with The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) since his first year with New York Life and has been a NAIFA member since 2008. The Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry. Kim is an established agent and financial professional who has been with New York Life for over 16 years in Fort Lee, NJ, with an impressive record of accomplishments. 

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Financial Considerations When Choosing Individual Health Insurance: Under 65

By Elie Harriett on 5/31/22 10:00 AM

One of the best parts of being a health insurance broker that works with financial advisors is I get referred to clients who care about making sure they are financially prepared for as many contingent emergencies as they can. In addition to that, I hear from the financial advisors who made the referral. After a medical issue befalls the client I get a thank you for making sure that medical emergency did not strike down years of careful preparation, potentially putting a sound financial plan at risk.

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Disability Insurance Helps Safeguard Retirement Savings, Research Shows

By NAIFA on 5/27/22 2:00 PM

New research from LIMRA and Life Happens, almost a quarter of Americans say they would dip into their retirement savings if they experienced a disability. But between tax penalties and loss of the opportunity for compounding interest, an early withdrawal can do more harm than good.

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NAIFA Is Proud to Support Disability Insurance Awareness Month

By Ronan Friend on 5/26/22 3:53 PM

NAIFA is pleased to join our members and industry partners, including Life Happens, to commemorate May as Disability Insurance Awareness Month (DIAM). Disability insurance is an essential part of a solid financial plan and DIAM is a great opportunity to start educating your clients and prospects about the importance of disability insurance coverage. 

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Loyal NAIFA Member Cheryl Canzanella Joins Fairway Independent Mortgage

By NAIFA on 5/26/22 10:36 AM

We're pleased to congratulate loyal NAIFA member Cheryl Canzanella, CLU, ChSNC, LUTCF, on her new position with NAIFA partner Fairway Independent Mortgage. Cheryl will take over the role of HECM Business Development Manager - Retirement Solutions.

Since joining NAIFA in 2010, Cheryl has been active in the NAIFA community. She is a Past President of NAIFA-Northeast Florida and has served in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. She is also a recipient of NAIFA-FL's President’s award. In 2019, she was recognized as NAIFA’s Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year. Cheryl is also a Founding Past President of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) Northeast Florida.

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Making Sense of Medicare: Part A

By John Norce on 5/26/22 10:00 AM

On June 30, 1965, President Johnson signed H.R. 6675, which led to the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Under this bill, Medicare Parts A and B were created and today these benefits are commonly referred to as “Original Medicare”.

To understand Medicare, it’s important to start with Original Medicare, because Parts A and B are often considered its building blocks. Having a solid understanding of the costs and benefits of Original Medicare is important since almost everyone is required to enroll in Parts A and B when seeking post-retirement health benefits. For example, to enroll in additional benefits such as a Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage plan, enrollment in Original Medicare is a must. Additionally, many employer-retiree plans, Tricare, and other corporate-sponsored retiree programs require enrollment into Original Medicare as part of your post-retirement health benefits.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Larry Witzel

By Ronan Friend on 5/25/22 10:00 AM

Larry Witzel, CFP®, CLU®, has been interested in financial services since his early teens when his father introduced him to a financial advisor. In 1990, he entered the industry when he was 25 years old and later founded Strategic Financial Solutions.

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NAIFA Launches a Foundation to Encourage and Support the Next Generation of Financial Professionals

By NAIFA on 5/23/22 9:30 AM

The NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security, created by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), aims to grow the number of ethical financial services professionals to better serve American households and small businesses. By increasing the pool of practicing advisors, the Foundation will advance financial literacy and promote financial security among all Americans with an emphasis on traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations.

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NAIFA Hosts 7th Annual Diversity Symposium

By NAIFA on 5/23/22 9:00 AM

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is pleased to return in-person for our NAIFA’s 7th Annual Diversity Symposium on May 23, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Presented by NAIFA’s Talent Development Center, NAIFA’s 7th Annual Diversity Symposium will focus on the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the insurance and financial services industry to provide opportunities for financial security to all Americans.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Tori Chaulk

By Ronan Friend on 5/18/22 10:00 AM

For Tori Chaulk, insurance runs in the family—it just skipped a few generations. Her great-grandmother was an insurance agent with Farm Bureau, and she was fascinated by it when she was growing up. So, when she graduated from the University of Tennessee, she decided to give it a try. 

Being an insurance agent turned out to be a perfect fit for Chaulk. She loves meeting new people every day and helping them find the right solutions for their unique situations. At Trey Bowen Legacy Insurance and Globe Life, she helps her clients with life insurance and property and casualty insurance. She’s especially passionate about life insurance, even though it can be a hard topic to talk about with clients. “[Life insurance] is the guaranteed insurance that you're going to use,” she says. “So, I’d rather help somebody plan for their family after they're not here rather than it be too late.”

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Marketing to Create Relationships with HNW Clients’ Adult Children

By Simon Reilly on 5/16/22 1:00 PM

The essence of this blog is a result of me interviewing NAIFA chapter presidents and program chairs coast to coast and asking the following questions:

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member David Kikoen

By Ronan Friend on 5/16/22 10:00 AM

In 2007, David Kikoen, LUTCF, CLTC, RICP, was a senior account executive in the subprime mortgage business. When the Great Recession hit, he decided to transition into insurance and financial services. He admits he didn’t know much about financial planning when he started, but he learned quickly and soon thrived in his new role. Now, Kikoen is a licensed insurance agent and financial services professional with over 13 years of experience at New York Life.

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Who's Going to NAIFA's 2022 Congressional Conference?

By Ronan Friend on 5/13/22 11:19 AM

NAIFA's Annual Congressional Conference bolsters NAIFA’s prestige among lawmakers and industry partners and enhances our standing as the leading voice for insurance and financial professionals. Watch for these loyal NAIFA members at this year's Congressional Conference on May 23-24 in Washington, D.C.! 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Jay Meneely

By Ronan Friend on 5/13/22 10:00 AM

Lifetime Financial Group Owner Jay Meneely, LUTCF, has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1983 when the organization was still the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU). Throughout the years, he’s seen the impact of his work and advocating for Main Street USA.

Like many, Meneely joined the insurance industry almost by accident. He was working in retail management and ran into his insurance agent at the gym. Meneely’s agent recruited him into the business and, 42 years later, Meneely has no intention of stopping any time soon.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Kameron Caldwell

By Ronan Friend on 5/11/22 10:00 AM

Kameron Caldwell, President and CEO of Caldwell Wealth Management, is dedicated to protecting families and advocating for Main Street USA.

Getting Started

When a friend first approached Caldwell to become a life insurance agent, he wasn’t interested. He thought it would be too hard, but his friend encouraged him, saying, “You’ve got the gift of gab; you’re good at sales. Why not give it a try?” Caldwell agreed to enroll in an apprentice course and take the exam to become an insurance broker. He failed the exam on his first try, but that only fueled his determination. He kept studying and, the next time he took the test, he passed.

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NAIFA Members Featured at SHIFT X Advisor Sales Summit

By NAIFA on 5/10/22 3:46 PM

NAIFA members were featured speakers at last week's SHIFT X Advisor Sales Summit. The summit's inaugural event was a huge success, with these NAIFA members and thought leaders contributing to the star-power of the event:

Topics: #NAIFAProud
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NAIFA-WI 2022 Sales Congress Was a Resounding Success

By NAIFA on 5/10/22 2:38 PM

NAIFA National President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP stopped into NAIFA-WI to attend their 2022 Sales Congress: May the Fourth Be With You.

Holzberg's remarks at the event reviewed the State of NAIFA and challenged insurance and financial professionals to be the best they can be as producers and as advocates for their businesses, association, and Main Street clients.

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Your Word and Deed

By Dan Mangus, Vice President of Sales, Senior Marketing Specialists on 5/10/22 10:00 AM

Our clients look to us to lead them both in word and deed as trusted advisors. If you are going to advise a product that you should own, then you need to take action to purchase it yourself. Over the years, I have seen hundreds of agents who will carefully analyze their clients’ needs while giving little or no thought to their own.

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 Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Sheryl Hickerson

By Ronan Friend on 5/9/22 10:00 AM

In 1993, Sheryl Hickerson faxed her resume to MassMutual—by accident. But they called her back and offered her an interview. Nearly 30 years later, it’s the best mistake she’s ever made. 

Serving Main Street USA

Hickerson is the founder and CEO of Females and Finance, a private vetted community that offers support for hiring, mentoring, training, and advancing women. In her practice, Hickerson is especially passionate about helping families. “Women are often the glue in families,” she begins. “I’ve seen far too many friends displaced from their homes because of a lack of insurance.” With so many advisors focused on high-net-worth individuals, the industry doesn’t have nearly enough advisors focused on Main Street Americans, she says.

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Next Level Insurance Agency, LLC in Addison, TX, is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 5/6/22 8:00 AM

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Next Level Founder and CEO Danny O'Connell moved to Dallas and started his career at an investment firm, but he didn’t find his passion until he was recruited into insurance and employee benefits. Once he found his niche, he never looked back.

In 2016, O’Connell founded Next Level Insurance Agency. Next Level takes a holistic approach to employee benefits covering all employer needs from startups to companies with hundreds of employees. With a growing firm, Next Level has the ability to adapt to each client’s needs. While many larger agencies use a one-size-fits-all approach to their clients, the Next Level team tailors their services to each client’s needs. “We want to be nimble and bring the right solution to our clients, not just try to fit them all into the same round hole,” O’Connell says.

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NAIFA Past President John Davidson Featured In InsuranceNewsNet

By NAIFA on 5/5/22 3:28 PM

NAIFA Past President John A. Davidson, LUTCF, FSS, was featured in this month’s InsuranceNewsNet Magazine. Davidson discusses the role of building meaningful relationships for insurance and financial professionals, for whom personal and professional relationships often overlap.  

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Heightened Geopolitical Tensions Drive Cybersecurity Alerts for the Life Insurance Industry

By Ken Leibow on 5/5/22 1:24 PM

We are increasingly aware of the importance of staying secure in a world where cyber threats increase day by day. Heightened awareness around the Ukraine-Russia geopolitical tensions has taken cybersecurity to the next level. There are alerts and notices coming across multiple sources from regulatory bodies to industry-specific regulators, government agencies, consulting firms, and more. Samples include White House Cybersecurity BriefingCISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency), NYDFS, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity Intelligence Warning, and Accenture’s Cyber Threat Intelligence group.

Alongside these continued tensions between Russia and Ukraine is the potential for increased cyber threat activity. With military attacks, we should assume there will be accompanying cyber attacks.

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Register Now for NAIFA's 7th Annual Diversity Symposium

By NAIFA on 5/5/22 10:15 AM

Don’t miss NAIFA’s 7th Annual Diversity Symposium on May 23, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Each year, NAIFA spotlights the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the insurance and financial services industry to provide opportunities for financial security to all Americans.

This year’s event will take place on May 23, immediately followed by the kickoff of NAIFA’s 2022 Annual Congressional Conference. Join powerful industry DEI thought leaders for this free event.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Tinja Anderson

By Ronan Friend on 5/4/22 10:00 AM

Tinja Anderson is passionate about serving her clients and her community.

Serving Main Street USA

After spending a decade doing strategic sales and communications consulting for Fortune 500 companies, Tinja Anderson decided to make a change. “In consulting, it's all about business; it's never personal,” she says. When she joined MassMutual Greater Houston in 2018, she found that she liked the personal connection with her clients. Now, she provides comprehensive financial planning services, from fee-based planning to executive compensation to employee benefits. 

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A Question of Ethics: Through the First Quarter

By Frank C. Bearden, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC on 5/3/22 10:00 AM

Examples of Following the Code

When we think about the NAIFA Code of Ethics, we are a third of the way through 2022, and this is a good time to review how some of the key activities either about to occur or that have already occurred reflect on our ethical standards. 

2022 Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C.

One of our key activities that occurs each year and will soon be held is the 2022 Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. We can be proud of the active involvement of NAIFA members in the political activities that ensure our democracy in our country will survive and thrive.

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NAIFA-GWDC's Success Summit Returns as a High-Powered, In-Person Event

By NAIFA on 5/3/22 9:49 AM

NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg and CEO Kevin Mayeux joined NAIFA-Greater Washington, D.C., members Brock Jolly (NAIFA Treasurer), Ryan Buck (chapter President), Paul Dougherty (NAIFA Past President), Randy Scritchfield (NAIFA Past Trustee), Brian Haney (NAIFA Young Advisor Team Leader of the Year) and others at this year’s NAIFA-GWDC Success Summit. Joining in from outside of NAIFA-GWDC were NAIFA Trustee Dennis Cuccinelli and past YAT Leader of the Year Carina Hatfield.

Mayeux spoke about how NAIFA is executing on its NAIFA 2025 strategic plan to grow membership, amplify the NAIFA brand, and enhance the membership experience. He also previewed the NAIFA Foundation for Financial Security focused on improving financial literacy in the United States by building a broader base of financial professionals by bringing more quality people into the profession. “We’re going to reach into diverse communities all across this country and bring more people who look like the broad tapestry of America into the profession,” he said.

Holzberg held a Q&A session with NAIFA members. He spoke of the advantages that NAIFA members have when it comes to surviving and thriving in the industry. NAIFA advocates on behalf of members and helps differentiate them from others in the industry, he said. The association also provides important connections that help NAIFA members enhance their careers and grow personally. “I’ve been honored to be in NAIFA for over 30 years,” Holzberg said. “If not for this association, I would not know as much as I have learned. Better yet, I wouldn’t have a network of people I can reach out to. In this area, Paul Dougherty, Keith Gillies in Louisiana, my good friend Tom Michel in California. I’ve developed a range of people and a network of friends who, one, are there for you because that’s what we do in our industry, and two, have helped educate me.”

Keynote speakers for the morning session were Dave Resseguie, the Founder and Chief Shepherd of The Resseguie Group and a contributing columnist for Advisor Today, and Megan Carpenter, CEO and Co-Founder of FiComm Partners, and Candice Carlton, the firm's Head of Advisor Education. 

Afternoon keynote speakers were Bill Acheson, a business and body language expert, and Morris Morrison. The presentation by Morrison elevated and inspired the crowd and provided a preview of his high-energy and motivational style that will be on display at NAIFA’s Apex sales summit at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, August 17-18.

 

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Meet Steve Cain of NAIFA Partner LTCI Partners

By Ronan Friend on 5/2/22 10:00 AM

Steve Cain is a self-described “LTC insurance nerd” dedicated to being a lifelong learner and advocating for Main Street USA.

Getting Started

A 25-year veteran of the insurance industry, Cain started his insurance career after playing two years of minor league baseball. When he returned home to Los Angeles, he took a temporary job providing support for a company specializing in long-term care (LTC) insurance. He learned about LTC from his job, but he learned its value from watching his mother handle LTC events for both of her parents. He saw the impact dealing with LTC without proper planning had on her and knew he needed to help families like his own.

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The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC) Is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 4/28/22 10:46 AM

Stephen Kagawa, FSS, LUTCF, founder and CEO of The Pacific Bridge Companies (TPBC), has a vision—to help families protect what they love through TPBC’s platform, Aloha Financial Advisors. As Kagawa explains, “Aloha Financial Advisors is all about doing good and having advisors who are rooted in their vision of a better world driven by their core values.”

Where It All Began

The story of Kagawa’s passion for reaching underserved communities goes back nearly a century. In 1933, his grandfather, Lawrence Takeo “L.T.” Kagawa, was disappointed to learn that life insurance companies either refused to write policies for people of color or demanded higher premiums than that of their Caucasian neighbors. He partnered with A.P. Giannini, founder of Bank of America and Transamerica, and helped bring affordable life insurance to all people of color.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member John Raley

By Ronan Friend on 4/27/22 10:00 AM

John Raley, LACP, FSCP, CLTC, MBA, has served Main Street USA for over 40 years and looks forward to many more. 

Getting Started 

Fresh out of college, Raley knew he wanted to go into the insurance industry. There was just one problem—none of the insurance agencies were hiring new college grads. They wanted to hire established members of the community because that’s the way it had always been done. But Raley wasn’t deterred. When he interviewed with American Family Insurance, he said to the hiring manager, “If I was successful and I became a manager like you, basically you're telling me that you really don't have any control over who you hire, who you surround yourself with.” The hiring manager called Raley back the next day and offered him a job. Over 40 years later, Raley's still with the company that took a chance on him when no one else would. 

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New Research Shows Life Insurance Is Key to Financial Security

By NAIFA on 4/26/22 12:00 PM

LIMRA and Life Happens have published the results of their 2022 Insurance Barometer Study. The new study surveyed 8,517 individuals and shows two key trends: life insurance is key to financial security and gender gaps extend to life insurance coverage.

Financial Security with Life Insurance

While financial insecurity affects all age groups, more life insurance owners (68%) report feeling financially secure than non-owners (47%). Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic had increased awareness of the need for life insurance and 31% of those surveyed say they are more likely to buy life insurance this year.  

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Creating Meaningful Relationships With HNW Clients’ Adult Children

By Simon Reilly on 4/26/22 10:00 AM

Many webinars and courses for financial advisors regularly talk about how to attract new clients. And while this is logical, it made me think: Instead of looking for new clients, why don't financial advisors create meaningful relationships with their HNW client's adult children? So, when their parents retire, they choose to keep them as advisors instead of finding someone new.

But you'll be surprised to know the statistics regarding advisors doing this. I've been polling advisors, and I hear 15-20% when I ask them how many of their HNW clients' adult children they have a meaningful relationship with.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Alex Parker

By Ronan Friend on 4/25/22 10:00 AM

Alex Parker is dedicated to serving everyday citizens and helping underprivileged youth in his community.

Parker started his financial services career with Northwestern Mutual in 2019, providing comprehensive financial planning for Americans in over a dozen states. He works primarily with young professionals, helping them navigate their finances and manage wealth. The best thing about his career, he says, is seeing the impact he has on his clients’ lives and helping them become financially secure.

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The Fortis Agency, a NAIFA 100% Agency, Is a Steward of the Industry

By NAIFA on 4/22/22 4:58 PM

The Fortis Agency, headquartered in Holmdel, NJ, at the beautiful Bellworks Complex, recently hosted colleagues from outside the agency at a networking and discussion event focused on topics in advanced planning. Those in attendance included the agency's cofounders Christine Cox-West, Michael DeVizio, Michael Manginelli, and David West, proudly sporting their NAIFA membership pins. Guests included NAIFA Trustee Dennis Cuccinelli.

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NAIFA-NC Past President Ernest Whichard Has Passed Away

By NAIFA on 4/22/22 1:22 PM

NAIFA is sad to learn that NAIFA-NC and NAIFA-Greensboro Past President Ernest “Ernie” Whichard, CLU, ChFC, passed away on April 12 in Marion, NC. 

Before retiring from Whichard Roach & Associates in 2016, Whichard served as President of the North Carolina and Greensboro chapters of NAIFA (then the National Association of Life Underwriters) and as a Board Trustee for NAIFA-National. He also served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro and the Greensboro Estate Planning Council.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Bruce Palmieri 

By Ronan Friend on 4/22/22 10:00 AM

When Bruce Palmieri, CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, applied for a life insurance policy in 1990, he didn’t expect to find a career—but that’s just what happened. His Northwestern Mutual advisor recruited him into the business and, over 30 years later, Palmieri is a stalwart of the insurance and financial services industry.

Serving Main Street USA

Palmieri primarily works with clients who are looking to retire soon and want to make sure they have their finances in order. He helps them plan for the future, delving into the details of their retirement accounts, employee benefits, life insurance, long-term care planning and more. By taking a holistic approach to each client’s unique circumstances, he’s able to help them build a strategy that works for them.

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Upcoming Webinar: Compliance & Home Equity Conversion Mortgages

By NAIFA on 4/21/22 2:23 PM

Join us on April 29, 2022, at 2 pm eastern for the special webinar "Compliance & Home Equity Conversion Mortgages."

NAIFA Trustee Jamie Hopkins Esq., LLM, CFP, ChFC, CLU, RICP, Managing Partner of Wealth Solutions at Carson Group, and Harlan Accola, CRMP, National Reverse Mortgage Director of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, will discuss how reverse mortgage loans are being used as a financial planning tool to maximize cash flow, reduce taxes, and minimize risks.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member John Becker

By Ronan Friend on 4/20/22 10:00 AM

John Becker, MBA, CMFC, is a self-described people person and analytics nerd. It’s the perfect combination for a career that requires both empathy and financial acumen.

Getting Started

While studying for his MBA at the University of Florida, Becker knew he wanted a career in financial services. He considered becoming a financial analyst but decided against it. As an analyst, he would exclusively manage assets for high-net-worth individuals. He wanted to make an impact on Main Street Americans, so he decided to become a financial advisor instead.

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Dr. Michelle Rozen Joins Keynote Line-Up During Apex 2022

By NAIFA on 4/19/22 6:09 PM

Dr. Michelle Rozen is a game-changing, revenue-building, performance-boosting change expert and NAIFA is excited to bring her to the main stage for Apex 2022. Her extensive expertise on how change works in the human mind, captivating storytelling,  and actionable takeaways will leave a lasting impact. Michelle will kick off day 2 of NAIFA's Apex Sales Summit at the Arizona Biltmore on August 17-18.

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Medicare Coverage of Cancer Treatment

By Dan Mangus, Vice President of Sales, Senior Marketing Specialists on 4/19/22 10:55 AM

If an agent working with people on Medicare is even somewhat successful at what they do, hundreds of people, if not thousands, will depend on them. The statistics are not merely numbers but hard facts that impact real people. For example, out of 100 clients, statistically, in the US, an estimated 40 out of 100 men and 39 out of 100 women will develop cancer during their lifetime. That means you are very likely to have the opportunity to help many of your clients deal with the financial impact of cancer. Knowing how Medicare will work for treatment and having a publication ready to share will show them that you are a qualified advisor. 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Jack Hawk

By Ronan Friend on 4/18/22 10:00 AM

John (Jack) Hawk, LUTCF, FSS, LACP, learned the value of life insurance at an early age. When his mother was 3 months pregnant with him, his father was killed in a car accident. Hawk’s great-grandfather had passed three days earlier. As neither had life insurance, the family had to deal with financial uncertainty while grieving two devastating losses.

Hawk admits he got lucky—his mother remarried when he was a year old, and Jack and his siblings were raised in a middle-class household. “I was this close to that not happening,” he says. “We got this opportunity because of stepdad.”

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Nester Insurance Inc. in Limerick, PA, is a NAIFA 100% Agency

By Ronan Friend on 4/15/22 9:08 AM

When Bryan Nester created Nester Insurance in 2010, his mission was simple—to help people understand their insurance options and make the best choice for their unique situations. Nester Insurance started as a solo operation offering group health, life, and disability plans for businesses but expanded staff in 2016 to help shape the group benefits agency it is today.

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#IntentionalGratitude

By Dave Resseguie on 4/14/22 1:20 PM

I have been blessed to work with many personal development coaches over the years. I worked with John for the longest - about 5-6 years. John and I had bi-weekly coaching calls for 30 minutes. These calls are some of the most impactful calls I have each month. 

Early in our coaching relationship, I can vividly remember having one of those really negative days… you know those days where nothing seems to be going right?! One of those days where all you can see is the challenge… the adversity… the rejection… the negativity?!

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Cody Askins Leads Off Apex 2022

By NAIFA on 4/13/22 6:43 PM

NAIFA's Apex is for hyper growth-focused advisors who are already succeeding and already driven to be among the best. That’s why we've got Cody Askins, founder of 8% Nation, kicking off NAIFA’s Apex as the opening keynote. For Cody, it all started at the age of 20 when he made $117,000 in the insurance industry while attending school full time and playing college basketball. His mission is to help agents and advisors to build skills and learn the necessary mindset to achieve any goal they set.

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Upcoming Webinar: What Everyone Should Know About Estate Planning

By NAIFA on 4/13/22 2:00 PM

What happens if you die without a will? Who needs a trust? What other important documents should you consider?

Join us on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 2 pm eastern to learn the answers to these questions and more in the special webinar "What Everyone Should Know About Estate Planning."

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Jonathan Matrullo

By Ronan Friend on 4/13/22 10:00 AM

Baystate Financial's Jonathan Matrullo believes in the power of mentorship, community, and advocating for insurance and financial professionals and their clients. 

When Matrullo was considering career paths while in graduate school, becoming an insurance agent or financial advisor never crossed his mind. That changed when his brother was applying for life insurance. When the insurance agent asked his brother what was important to him, his brother responded, “my family.” 

From that conversation, the agent shared that their office was expanding, and suggested Matrullo apply. He agreed to learn more and soon realized that the insurance and financial services industry is more than just life insurance—it's comprehensive financial planning for the future. That’s when he decided to start his career at New York Life.

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Hire More Sales Associates to Expand Your Reach

By Troy Korsgaden on 4/12/22 10:00 AM

For the past few years, pundits have been predicting that bots, robo-advisors, and other technologies will lead to the demise of living, breathing financial professionals. That hasn’t happened yet, and, in my opinion, it never will. Yes, people can conduct much of their preliminary research online, and a few are willing to purchase basic coverage without ever speaking to a person. But most will want a financial professional to guide them through life’s twists and turns. Even those people who purchase coverage from a robo-advisor will seek the expertise of a financial professional as their needs become more complex. 

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member Trey Kelly

By Ronan Friend on 4/11/22 10:00 AM

NAIFA-Atlanta CEO Trey Kelly has been a NAIFA member since 1999 and has seen firsthand the benefits of NAIFA membership and NAIFA’s political advocacy. 

Getting Started

When he was an economics major in college, Kelly knew he wanted to get into sales. As luck would have it, one of his college friends suggested Kelly meet with his father, who was a top producer with John Hancock at the time. When Kelly walked into the man’s office—a top-floor space with a great view of downtown Atlanta—Kelly knew he wanted to become a financial advisor too. He joined John Hancock and his friend’s father became a mentor to him.

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Webinar On-Demand: IUL Sales Ideas and Long-Term Care

By NAIFA on 4/8/22 1:15 PM

Increased awareness of long-term care (LTC) insurance means increased interest in LTC coverage. However, not all clients qualify for a traditional LTC rider.

Each week, NAIFA partner E4 Insurance Services presents Building Relationships Every Week (BREW) webinars with insights to help you grow your practice and serve Main Street USA.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Greg Ling

By Ronan Friend on 4/8/22 10:00 AM

Greg Ling is dedicated to protecting families and making a difference in his community.

Ling started his career as a juvenile probation officer but soon transitioned to a customer service role in the insurance industry at Lincoln Financial Group. He jokes that, after working with teenagers, he knew he could handle working with sales representatives and upset customers. Ling excelled at his new position and quickly rose through the ranks. He was promoted five times in his first three years. However, when he reached the top of his customer service career, he decided to make the transition to sales. 

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Upcoming Webinar: Busting Through The Gridlock with Diane Boyle

By NAIFA on 4/7/22 2:39 PM

Don't miss NAIFA Senior Vice President of Government Relations Diane Boyle on InsuranceNewsNet's webinar "Busting Through the Gridlock: A D.C. Legislative Preview" on April 13, 2022, at 1:00 pm eastern.

In a time of uncertainty leading into the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election, insurance and financial professionals may be able to break through the gridlock in Washington, D.C. 

In the webinar, Boyle will outline the legislation affecting insurance and financial professionals and the Main Street Americans they represent.

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Steve Walker Named as E4's VP of Institutional Accounts

By NAIFA on 4/7/22 10:00 AM

Congratulations to NAIFA member Steve Walker, CLTC, LUTCF, on joining NAIFA educational partner E4 Insurance Services as Vice President of Institutional Accounts.

Walker has been a loyal NAIFA member since 2009 and was honored with Advisor Today’s 4 Under 40Award in 2021. For over 13 years, he has served Main Street USA, dedicated to finding the right solution for each person who walks through his door. He is committed to NAIFA's political advocacy, fighting for his clients and the insurance and financial services industry.

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Workplace Life, DI, and Supplemental Health Sales Increased in 2021

By LIMRA on 4/6/22 2:48 PM

Increased demand for insurance products driven by raised awareness due to COVID-19 and a tight labor market.

New annualized premium for workplace life insurance, disability insurance and supplemental health products rose in 2021, according to LIMRA’s workplace benefits sales surveys.

“The year ended strong for workplace benefits sales, particularly life insurance, which recorded double-digit growth in the fourth quarter and the year,” said Patrick Leary, corporate vice president and director of LIMRA’s workplace benefits research program. “Insurance benefits remain a high priority for employees. New LIMRA research shows more than a quarter of workers list non-medical insurance benefits as one of the top five factors they consider when evaluating potential employers. As a result, employers have focused on benefits as a critical element of their recruiting and retention strategies. This played out with strong benefit sales in 2021.”

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NAIFA’s Apex Event Will Elevate Advisors to Peak Performance Through Peer-to-Peer Education and Networking

By NAIFA on 4/6/22 1:00 PM

Apex is NAIFA’s new professional development signature event focused on providing top leadership, sales, and marketing ideas to financial services professionals. The new brand reflects the concept of a “race to the top” where only the top percent of advisors, and the aspiring top percent of advisors, gather to share and compare success stories. The inaugural Apex event will be August 17-18 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

Apex is a completely redesigned pure-play professional development meeting. It features nationally known and highly regarded keynote speakers and educational sessions by top professionals and respected thought leaders in the insurance and financial services industry. Apex is also a premier networking event providing ample opportunities for top advisors to mingle, compare notes, and make valuable connections.

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NAIFA Welcomes New Member Rob Wild

By Ronan Friend on 4/6/22 10:00 AM

Rob Wild has a passion for serving his clients and his community.

When Wild came to the United States in 2013 to work in a summer camp for children with disabilities, he never imagined he would be an insurance agent in Kansas nearly a decade later. Meeting his now-wife Sarah at that camp changed his plans. Growing up in the United Kingdom, Wild had no experience with the American insurance industry. However, Wild’s father-in-law was an American Family agent and Wild decided to give it a try. His passion for building relationships and helping others led him to a fulfilling career protecting families in his community.

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