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Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager

Recent posts by Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager

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September Member Spotlight - Lane Boozer

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 9/1/21 12:19 PM

This month we are joined by a familiar face. Lane Boozer currently serves as NAIFA-Dallas President and served as NAIFA-Texas President from 2014-2015. A Denton, Texas native, Lane works for his father's brokerage firm, Don Boozer & Associates. Lane's father is also a NAIFA-Texas Past President!
Since becoming a NAIFA member in 1998, Lane has built an extensive resume of involvement-- from being a LILI graduate, to serving on the NAIFA-Texas Board of Directors, and a long list of committees. In his spare time, Lane gets in touch with his musical side and being a part of his band, Kitty and the Beard. He also enjoys woodworking, barbeque, and countless activities around Denton and the great state of Texas.
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NAIFA-Dallas Hosts Annual Legislative Luncheon

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/30/21 2:07 PM

On August 26, 2021, NAIFA-Dallas hosted several Texas federal and local legislators and their staffers for their annual legislative luncheon! Staff for State Rep. Carl Sherman (HD-109), State Rep. Rhetta Bowers (HD-113), Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne (TX-24), and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30). State Senator Angela Paxton (SD-30) and her District Director joined us as well.

Topics: It Pays to Be a Member State Advocacy Loyal Member
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TDI Announces Guidance for New Annuity Course for Non-Resident Agents

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/25/21 1:23 PM

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has issued a guidance of the new and revised annuities courses  state-licensed agents and non-resident agents will be required to take if they are looking to sell annuities on or after January 1, 2022. 

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities Continuing Education
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TDI Proposes Rule for annuity forms

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/17/21 1:08 PM

On August 16th, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) proposed a rule about the forms an agent must provide to a consumer before or when recommending or selling an annuity. Agents can use the hyperlink above to review the rule and submit comments before September 27, 2021. This rule falls in line with the Texas adoption of NAIC's Best Interest Standard (HB 1777). 

Topics: Advocacy State Advocacy
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#TxLege Special Session: Round II

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/12/21 1:13 PM

On Saturday, August 7th, the Texas Legislature gaveled in for the second special session of the interim. Texas Democrats broke quorum for the third time to deny the Texas House from passing any business, including the GOP high-priority elections bill. The issues on the Governor's call do not directly impact insurance agents or financial advisors. NAIFA-Texas does not foresee this changing. 

Topics: Advocacy State Advocacy

Changes to Texas Agent Licensing & Certifications

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/9/21 1:05 PM

Did you miss the changes #txlege passed this session in relation to agent licensing and certification? Texas Department of Insurance hosted a webinar discussing what agents should be looking out for! View the recording here.

Topics: Certifications & Designations #NAIFAProud Members

Melinda Hipp: August Member Spotlight

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/5/21 11:45 AM

This month we had the pleasure of meeting with NAIFA San Antonio member, Melinda Hipp. Melinda is the Area Sales Manager for Mutual of Omaha Mortgage in the Reverse Sales Division. She has 21 years under her belt of originating all types of mortgages with a specialty in Reverse Mortgage for the past 13 years.  Melinda is an avid golfer, golf referee, poker player and loves traveling with her musician husband and playing at home with her Mini Dachshunds. Click here to watch the full interview!
Topics: #NAIFAProud Members Member Spotlight

Performance + Purpose Is Approaching!

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 8/4/21 1:37 PM

Two weeks until the 2021 Performance + Purpose Virtual Conference! NAIFA has a packed agenda with keynote speakers, industry leaders, and breakout sessions that is promise to inspire and "redefine the lines." It is not too late to register! Click here to reserve your spot

Topics: #NAIFAProud Members
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Register for LILI!

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 7/28/21 9:45 AM

Do you want to strengthen your leadership skills? Are you looking for an outlook that will help you grow as a business owner, thus growing your business? How about developing a stronger, more confident sense of self?

Topics: #NAIFAProud LILI Leadership Future Leaders

Best Interest FAQs Adopted by NAIC

By Bianca Alonso NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Manager on 7/27/21 1:59 PM

The Life and Annuities Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commission (NAIC) has adopted FAQs regarding the February 2020 Best Interest Model brought forth and implemented by the committee. 

Topics: Life Insurance & Annuities #NAIFAProud NAIC Model Regulation