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NAIFA Members Serve Main Street USA

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Meet Loyal Member, Marty Peters

By David Lahoud on 12/1/21 12:27 PM

Loyal NAIFA Member Marty Peters has been a part of NAIFA (then NALU) since 1968 and is now serving the community he is a part of in Solana Beach and Del Mar, California. Peters started out his career while working on his master's degree, having a job offered to him that started him in the financial services industry, leading him to stop his Master's degree and focus on the position he was offered. He initially found a different job that had less than desirable actions against the benefits of the customers they were assisting and moved on from that position after a bit. He was then convinced by his family to investigate the life insurance business. After a bit of convincing and learning that his education was paid for by his father’s life insurance, Peters interviewed with a few companies and secured a position with one, starting his journey in the career.

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Meet Loyal Member: Frank Seneco

By David Lahoud on 11/19/21 11:32 AM

Frank Seneco has been a member of NAIFA since 1990 and today works with affluent clients addressing a variety of financial concerns from creating family dynasties to eliminating taxes on their investment portfolios. His office is based in Connecticut; however, he assists clients from around the world, helping them reach their financial goals.

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Meet NAIFA Member: Robin Landers

By David Lahoud on 11/19/21 11:27 AM

Loyal member Robin Landers has been a member of NAIFA since 1984 and is based in Florida. She grew up in the business - her parents owned a brokerage agency - and vowed to never work in the insurance field. With a degree in advertising, and some challenging circumstances, she ultimately ended up joining her family in their insurance business. After working with her family for a few years, she received an offer to double her salary and returned to the TPA that had employed her as a sixteen-year-old file clerk. Years later, when her parents were ready to retire, she and a partner opened Landers-Stein & Associates, the next generation of that original agency’s legacy.

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NAIFA and the LACP Help Swapan Munshi Be of Service

By NAIFA on 11/11/21 2:55 PM

Swapan Munshi, LACP, is a principal with Council Financial & Insurance Services in San Francisco and a member of NAIFA California. Born in the United States to parents who immigrated from India, Munshi grew up watching his father develop and maintain a successful financial services practice by building great relationships with his clients. But Munshi’s father never tried to bring him into the business. Instead, he encouraged him to chart his own path. Munshi found his purpose and initial career helping people through difficult times as a mental health care professional working with individuals in Veterans Administration hospitals and the state prison system.

Topics: LACP Member Spotlight Loyal Member
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Young Advisor Team Member Patricia May on the Value of NAIFA Resources

By Ronan Painton on 11/8/21 4:10 PM

A Family Mission 

Patricia (Trish) May is a third-generation NAIFA member and the Young Advisor Team (YAT) Chair for NAIFA-PA. May and her sister, Carina Hatfield, followed in the footsteps of their father and grandfather and now run Weigner Insurance.

As a child, May thought the world of insurance was boring. With her father in the office and her mother raising the children at home, on Take Your Child to Work Day, May chose to stay home and help her mother clean rather than spend time at her father’s office. However, May’s opinion changed in adulthood, as she realized the importance of insurance and financial planning. 

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Meet Loyal Member Martha Shanks

By David Lahoud on 10/15/21 1:29 PM

Martha Shanks has been a loyal member of NAIFA since fall 2019 and has been helping her clients with reverse mortgage loans at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation since 2018. Martha started her career in real estate in 2005, continued her journey through many different positions, and is now 100% focused as a reverse mortgage planner. She has always had a desire to help people solve their financial problems, and her current role allows her to do just that. She loves helping her clients, typically people over the age of 60, to understand how a reverse mortgage works and how it can help them to live a better retirement with fewer financial worries.

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NAIFA Member Allen Bruce Wins the 2021 Lang Dixon Award

By Ronan Painton on 10/7/21 1:37 PM

Allen R. Bruce, CLU, ChFC, is this year’s winner of the Lang Dixon Leadership and Excellence in Achieving Diversity Award. Bruce has been in the financial and insurance industry for 52 years and has been a loyal member of NAIFA since 1973. He was the first African American to complete a full term as president of the District of Columbia Life Underwriters Association (now NAIFA-Greater Washington, D.C.) and the first African American president of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. 

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Meet Loyal Member, Rock Planck

By David Lahoud on 10/7/21 10:34 AM

Rock Planck has been an affiliate member of NAIFA since 2020 and is today helping clients set up financial strategies for their future. With 30 years' experience in the business, Rock was first attracted to the field as a loan officer and reverse mortgage planner due to the belief that mortgage planning should be incorporated into every financial plan (although it often is not). As Rock says, “not enough people really consider the impact that having a mortgage has on their financial picture.” Rock believes in providing knowledge to people, rather than focusing solely on having the lowest costs or rates—he is, as he says, “another tool in their toolbelt.” Rock is a firm believer that home equity needs to be acknowledged and accounted for when designing a financial plan, and that most financial planners understand that, so he usually ends up working with them.

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Meet Loyal Member, Charlie Calderwood

By David Lahoud on 10/7/21 10:06 AM

Charlie Calderwood has been a member of NAIFA since January of 1977 and today is eagerly helping clients set up financial strategies for their future. Charlie enjoys the freedom and finances that he was able to obtain as an investment advisor, however, he points out that “with the freedom gained, there is an increased requirement for motivation and discipline.” Charlie emphasizes that his self-discipline and willingness to put in the hours required to be successful is what helped build him up as an advisor. Charlie has been working in the insurance and finances field after he completed college at Tulane University, quickly and steadily working his way up until now, where he owns his own very successful RIA firm.

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Meet Loyal NAIFA Member, Taylor Collins

By Jaquetta Gooden on 8/19/21 2:53 PM

Meet Taylor Collins, CEBS, CLU, RHU, President of Professional Benefits Inc. and a loyal NAIFA member. Collins is a native of Florida and holds a BA in Risk Management Insurance. Her career path was unclear until she took a risk management insurance class as an elective in college and fell in love with the industry.

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