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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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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.

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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.

Topics: Awards Award Winners Leaders Membership
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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.

Topics: Award Winners Press Release
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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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Steve Walker Harnesses a Competitive Spirit to Do His Best for His Clients

By Ronan Friend and Mark Briscoe on 2/22/22 10:09 AM

Not every successful financial professional was a two-time All-Conference quarterback at North Dakota State University. But Steve Walker, LUTCF, a loyal NAIFA member since 2009, believes some of the traits that made him a standout for the Bison on the football field have contributed to his success as Vice President and Senior Insurance Consultant with Gate City Insurance Agency in Fargo, ND. They also make him a worthy recipient of Advisor Today’s Four Under 40 award.

Topics: Award Winners
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Early Influences Led to a Rewarding Professional Life for Joanna Dellosa

By Ronan Friend and Mark Briscoe on 2/10/22 11:16 AM

Joanna Dellosa, LUTCF, FSS, RICP, CLU, LACP, a loyal NAIFA member since 2012, has fond memories of her father heading out to his office each day with his briefcase in hand. She recalls thinking at a very young age, “I want one of those, too. I’d look so professional with a briefcase.”

Her father was an insurance agent, and Dellosa’s early impressions of him created an image that influenced her career decisions later in life. “I had that idea in my head,” she said, “I am open to the idea of becoming an agent.”

Topics: Award Winners
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Doing What’s Best for His Clients and Family Drives Cal Anderson to Succeed

By Ronan Friend and Mark Briscoe on 2/8/22 1:55 PM

Cal Anderson, CLU, CFP, always knew he wanted to own his own business but wasn’t sure what field was right for him. After graduating from Valdosta State University, he joined MassMutual and learned everything he could about the insurance industry while working towards his CFP designation. After five years, he was ready to grow and joined an independent advisory firm, Financial Network Associates, which offered comprehensive financial planning services. In 2016, the firm’s owner, Bill Youngblood, retired and Anderson took over the business, officially becoming his own boss.

Topics: Award Winners
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NAIFA Quality Award Winners Announced

By NAIFA on 1/19/22 3:00 PM

NAIFA has recognized more than 1,000 recipients of the 2021 NAIFA Quality Awards (NQA). NAIFA Quality Awards recognize the best of our membership, the hallmark of outstanding client care for advisors. Originally created in 1945 as the National Quality Award, the award focused on recognizing outstanding performance for life insurance agents. While the award has been updated and modernized, the NQA still adheres to its core foundation, to focus on quality of care and not only on production numbers.  

Topics: Award Winners Press Release
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Jill M. Judd Receives the 2021 Norman G. Levine Distinguished Service Award

By NAIFA on 12/17/21 2:22 PM

The winner of NAIFA-CA's Norman G. Levine Distinguished Service Award is Jill M. Judd, LUTCF, FSS, RICP. Judd is a Past President of NAIFA-CA and NAIFA-National. She has been a State Farm Agent serving her community in Capitola, California, for the past 20 years.

Topics: Award Winners Press Release

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