Monthly Archives: July 2013

My Father’s Passing

On July 2, 2013, my father, Thomas Smith, passed away at the age of 68 on his 47th wedding anniversary. I wish to share this with you not as a tale of woe, for eventually all of our fathers will pass, but as a tale of observances and what we need to do as insurance advisors (and human beings) to better connect with our clients and families when they lose a loved one.

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NAIFA Past President to be Inducted into The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame

NAIFA Past President David Smithkey, RFC, CLU, will be inducted into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame next month. The induction ceremony will take place on August 21 at the Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. In 1988, the Olivet College Insurance Program Advisory Committee, consisting of leaders from the insurance and risk-management business community, called for the establishment ...

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Margaret Ellison Simonds Elected Secretary of NAIFA-Massachusetts

Margaret Ellison Simonds, Director of New Business and Underwriting at First American Insurance Underwriters, Inc., in Needham, Massachusetts. was recently elected Secretary of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) of Massachusetts. Simonds began her life insurance career in 1990 and has developed extensive knowledge of life insurance, disability income and long-term-care marketing strategies for assisting advisors in ...

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ASAE recognizes Dr. Susan Waters for excellence in association leadership

ASAE – the membership association for association executives — will honor NAIFA CEO Dr. Susan B. Waters, CAE, with the 2013 Key Award. The Key Award recognizes the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership in his or her own association and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations as a whole. ASAE will present the Key Award to ...

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NAIFA Member Receives Financial Professional of the Year Award

“His ability to provide comprehensive financial advice to these clients through his extensive knowledge base and sound ethical principles makes Eric one of Penn Mutual and HTK's most successful advisors.”

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The Best of Times?

On Monday mornings, prospects are too busy. On Friday afternoons, prospects are gone. Don’t want to bother the prospect by calling too early? They’ve probably left the office by mid-afternoon, and by the middle of the week, they’re very busy. So what should an advisor do?

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