Kevin M. Mayeux is NAIFA’s New CEO

NAIFA Board of Trustees Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

FALLS CHURCH, Va., May 27, 2015Mayeux – The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors today announced that its Board of Trustees has named Kevin M. Mayeux, CAE, as the Association’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1. Mayeux, 45, is Executive Vice President, Chief Officer for North American Operations and General Counsel for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), an international professional society with 185,000 members throughout 190 countries. In his leadership capacities, Mayeux oversaw more than 100 staff members at the Altamonte Springs, Fla., location. He will relocate to the Washington, D.C., area to manage operations from NAIFA’s headquarters in Falls Church, Va.

“Kevin is a successful and energetic association executive with a portfolio that addresses the needs and priorities identified by the NAIFA Board to move our Federation forward,” said NAIFA President Juli McNeely, LUTCF, CFP, CLU. “Kevin’s management experience and track record for organizational growth will serve the Federation and our members well as NAIFA continues to adapt to the changing needs of this industry. We are an organization led by purpose: to help our members protect and grow their practices so they can serve America’s families and businesses who rely on our products to secure their financial futures. Kevin’s nearly 20-year association management career and his passion for growth and strategic direction make him the ideal choice to lead NAIFA.”

As CEO of NAIFA, Mayeux will oversee a staff of 58 in Falls Church. He will manage all external affairs of the Association, including relationships with life, health and financial service companies, other industry organizations, legislators and regulators. Internally, Mayeux will manage day-to-day headquarters operations, provide support and advice to NAIFA’s Board of Trustees and committees, coordinate Federation activities, and oversee NAIFA’s operating policies and procedures.

Mayeux succeeds Dr. Susan B. Waters, who served as CEO from 2010 until her passing in December 2014.

At IIA, Mayeux’s responsibilities included membership services, chapter relations (158 in North America), advocating before legislators and regulators on Capitol Hill, budget operations, professional development and formulation and execution of strategic plans. Mayeux, who holds a J.D. from the University of Florida, also served as the Global Chief of Member Relations and General Counsel, where he oversaw legal affairs, and interacted directly with 106 affiliated institutes globally. From 2011 to 2014, Mayeux was Executive Director of IIA’s Research Foundation in addition to heading its academic foundation.

Mayeux joined IIA in 2010. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Indianapolis-based Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity from 2000 to 2010. As CEO of the 220,000-member association, Mayeux supervised a staff of 30 and volunteer staff of 3,000. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in addition to holding a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Mayeux received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and took Masters in Political Science and Public Administration courses concurrent with his Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he also served as Student Body President. After earning his law degree in 1996, he worked as an attorney at a law firm and soon transitioned into the association arena as Executive Director of the Tallahassee-based Florida Student Association, an organization representing university students before the legislature, executive branch, Congress and governing boards. Mayeux was at the Association from 1997 to 2000.

NAIFA Past President John Nichols, who led NAIFA’s CEO Search Committee, said this about Mayeux: “Kevin Mayeux has the right combination of association leadership capabilities, federation experience, and corporate and government relations talents to lead NAIFA. His strong character and core values and impressive relationship-building talents, combined with his high drive for excellence, will have a positive benefit for all of NAIFA’s stakeholders. We are excited to welcome Kevin to our NAIFA family.”

“I am extremely excited to join the NAIFA team and look forward to the tremendous things that our federation leaders, volunteers and staff will do to enhance the profession and serve our members in the months and years ahead. NAIFA has a 125-year legacy of excellence serving insurance professionals and financial advisors, who in turn help Americans better secure their financial futures,” Mayeux said. “I’m looking forward to engaging with our members, federation leaders, and partners as we work to ensure that NAIFA is an indispensable part of our members’ success.”

About NAIFA: Founded in 1890 as the National Association of Life Underwriters, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest associations representing the interests of insurance professionals and financial advisors from every Congressional district in the United States. NAIFA is the only organization that serves and represents insurance and financial advisors regardless of the products they sell or the focus of their practice. NAIFA’s members include insurance agents, financial advisors, multiline agents, and health insurance and employee benefits specialists. NAIFA serves both captive and independent advisors and includes members who are new to the business, are industry leaders and seasoned professionals, and everyone in between. NAIFA’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members.


  1. Congratulations Kevin, we are excited to have you lead this great organizations! What an honor to serve with you.

  2. Kevin; Welcome aboard to NAIFA. We look forward to your leadership in the days and years ahead. Like others have already said, I look forward to meeting you in New Orleans and working with you on NAIFA’s strategic future, IKE TROTTER, Greenville, MS. Proud NAIFA member since 1975

  3. Welcome, Kevin. As a Past President (1986-87) and CEO from 2002 – 2007 I’m always just a phone call away.

    Best wishes.



  4. Greg Turner,LUTCF

    Welcome aboard! We are excited about the future.

    Greg Turner
    President NAIFA-AL

  5. Robelynn Abadie

    Welcome to the NAIFA Federation and family, Kevin!

    Will be looking forward to meeting you in New Orleans.

    All the best,
    Robelynn Abadie

  6. Kevin:

    On behalf of the Million Dollar Round Table, congratulations on your new position as CEO of NAIFA. You are joining a great organization comprised of wonderful people. I look forward to working with you in your new role. Welcome aboard!


    Stephen P. Stahr, CAE
    Chief Executive Officer
    Million Dollar Round Table

  7. Bonnie Godsman

    Welcome to the team Kevin. On behalf of your sister association, GAMA International, we welcome you to this phenomenal industry! I am confident that you will find a membership built of strong, passionate servatn leaders that will support & inspire you in new ways. I look forward to working with you in your new role.

    On behalf of the GAMA membership and staff congratulations.

    All my best,

    Bonnie L. Godsman
    CEO, GAMA International

  8. James J. Van Ham, CFP, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF

    Welcome aboard Kevin!!! It was great to meet you at the Board meeting in Washington D.C. last week. As a member of the NAIFA Board of Trustees and after seeing your presentation to us, it was easy to see why our search committee thought so highly of your abilities. I look forward to helping you execute a strategy to increase membership and net operating income at NAIFA. If there is anyway that I can assist you prior to July 1, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    All my Best- Jim V H

  9. Joanie Kilkelly Laity

    Dear Mr. Mayuex,

    How Blessed are we at NAIFA to have you join us. I believe your leadership and experience will bring our Federation to a greater level.



    Joanie Kilkelly Laity

    President NAIFA Lake County, Illinois