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Suzanne Carawan


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Membership Is Bigger in Texas

By Suzanne Carawan on 1/18/24 7:00 PM

This week we brought staff and leaders together to host a new member orientation for the Texas state chapter. With so many new members coming into the NAIFA Family from the merger with FSP, the NAIFA-Texas board thought it would be a great idea to supplement the orientation that NAIFA holds every week with their "Welcome to Your State Chapter" so that they could tell members all about the history, culture, and activities that make NAIFA-Texas uniquely NAIFA-Texas.

Topics: #NAIFAProud Membership NAIFA-Texas State Conference NAIFA Texas
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NAIFA Advocates for the Economic Security of Women

By Suzanne Carawan on 3/30/23 7:14 AM

 The leading association and most influential advocacy association in the financial services industry undertakes a multitude of events in celebration of Women’s History Month

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has undertaken a series of events this month to raise awareness of the importance of women’s economic security in our country, as well as to highlight the importance of the voice of women financial advisors in their voting districts. The series of events was created as part of NAIFA’s participation in Women’s History Month and to deliver on several aspects of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative that is part of its 2025 Strategic Plan.

Topics: Women Press Release Advocacy Partnerships
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Annuities Have a Great Batting Average

By Suzanne Carawan on 3/27/23 4:43 PM

Spring baseball is here and while Mike Downing, EVP, COO and Chief Actuary at Athene, didn’t disclose who he’s cheering for this year, our conversation was peppered with baseball analogies during our Friday afternoon meet-n-greet interview. Our topic? Annuities and specifically, how annuities can be used as a critical tool in ensuring that women achieve financial security.

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities
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Connecting Financial Professionals Through Actionable Data With Ken Leibow

By Suzanne Carawan on 3/8/23 5:00 AM

Ken Leibow has over 36 years of insurance industry experience. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of InsurTech Express, a one-stop shop for insurance resources. He has held strategic and executive roles in Fortune 500 companies and proactively managed operations in alignment with the company vision. He is a recipient of the NAILBA ID20 Award, ACORD Leadership Award, and was recognized in 2016 with the NAILBA Chairman’s Award.

Topics: Advisor Today
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Aligning Your Digital Documentation Vault With Martha Underwood and Shella Sylla

By Suzanne Carawan on 3/1/23 11:30 AM

Martha Underwood has been in the technology space for over 25 years and is skilled at successfully managing large-scale digital transformation initiatives. Co-founder of Prismm, a platform that allows you to securely store important documents, Martha focuses on executive advancement without compromising integrity or authenticity. She is a recognized speaker on the topic of women leading in technology and innovation within the business marketplace. 

Shella Sylla is the Chief Operating Officer at Prismm. With over 20 years of experience in commercial banking, commercial real estate financing, and portfolio management, she is skilled at networking and building strategic brand relationships. Before her work with Prismm, she was the Founder and CEO of SisterGolf, where she helped improve women’s confidence and accelerated their career development using golf as an ally. 

Topics: Podcast Advisor Today
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How a Coach Can Help You Grow With Joe Templin

By Suzanne Carawan on 2/8/23 5:00 AM

Joe Templin is the Co-founder and CEO of The Intro Machine, a training ecosystem for professionals who want to build an introduction-based business. Joe began his career in financial services with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, eventually becoming a “Top 10 Mike Gish Qualifier” and a “Top 10 College Unit Director.” He also served on Northwestern Mutual's recruiting, retention, and diversity committee and has earned numerous Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and NAIFA Quality Award honors. 

Later in his career, Joe served NAIFA on the local, state, and national levels and was a recipient of NAFIA's Advisor Today 4 Under 40 Award. Recently, he helped found NAIFA’s Coaches Circle, which provides individual coaching to advisors. Joe has spoken all over the country, authored multiple best-sellers, and founded various companies that help professionals grow.

Topics: Podcast Advisor Today
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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.

Topics: Podcast Advisor Today
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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.

Topics: Podcast Advisor Today
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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. 

Topics: Podcast Advisor Today
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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. 

Topics: Podcast Advisor Today

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