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.
NAIFA’s Advisor Today reports on NAIFA's advocacy successes and challenges, as well as the association's fall membership campaign: "Taxation Needs Representation." The campaign highlights what you, as a NAIFA member, can do to strengthen NAIFA’s advocacy voice in the face of a daunting threat to our industry. While the "Taxation Needs Representation" campaign confronts the issue of federal taxation, its call to action — effective advocacy requires member participation — applies to interstate and state advocacy issues, too.
Topics: Advocacy Member Advisor Today
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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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Blake Gillies, DIA, a loyal NIAFA member since 2012, NAIFA-LA President and national Young Advisor Team (YAT) Co-Chair, is living his dream of serving in the insurance industry after following in his father’s footsteps. He currently practices with Acacia Financial Group in Metairie, LA, where he specializes in insurance, disability insurance, and income protection products and services designed to meet his client's needs.
He also provides disability insurance expertise for the Southern Medical Association.
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NAIFA is mourning the loss of long-time member Jack Cholakian. A NAIFA member since 1965, Cholakian was the oldest “YAT at Heart” of NAIFA-Chicagoland and supported nearly every event that NAIFA-Chicagoland hosted. He was a true believer in NAIFA and a very strong promoter of NAIFA for many years.