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Insurance 101

By NAIFA-Texas on 1/30/23 11:58 AM

The Joint Insurance 101 event NAIFA-Texas hosted with TALHI and IIAT was a huge success! We hosted over 50 Capitol staffers and legislators for breakfast on January 26th at the Texas Capitol. We provided an overview of the life, accident & health, and property & casualty insurance in Texas from both a company and agent perspective. An Insurance 101 Handbook created by all 3 entities was provided to each attendee as a resource. We will be following up and distributing these handbooks to other Capitol offices that were unable to attend. This was a great branding opportunity for NAIFA-Texas! Jason Talley, NAIFA-Texas Government Relations Chair and Elizabeth Hadley, NAIFA-Texas Lobbyist spoke at the event with representatives from TALHI and IIAT. Doug Massey, NAIFA Secretary was also in attendance.

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2023 Annual State Conference Speaker Preview: Holly Hoffman

By NAIFA-Texas on 12/16/22 11:05 AM

Holly Hoffman
Professional Speaker and Author
Topics: #NAIFAProud NAIFA-Texas State Conference NAIFA-Texas
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2023 Annual State Conference Speaker Preview: Traci Brown

By NAIFA-Texas on 12/12/22 3:13 PM

Traci Brown
Fraud-Busting Body Language Expert
Topics: #NAIFAProud NAIFA-Texas State Conference NAIFA-Texas
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NAIFA-Texas 2023 Annual State Conference

By NAIFA-Texas on 11/16/22 2:55 PM

Register today for the 2023 NAIFA-Texas Annual State Conference and Day at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Learn more by visiting the conference page!

Marketing Ideas to Finish 2022!

By NAIFA-Texas on 11/11/22 8:48 AM

NAIFA-Texas sponsor, Financial Seminar Services led a webinar on Thursday, October 27, 2022 for Marketing Ideas to Finish 2022! Financial Seminar Services is a premier marketing company in the insurance and financial services industry. They come from the business and understand how important your marketing campaigns are to you and your business’s success.. They use 70+Years’ combined experience to help advisors have more successful marketing campaigns! To view the recording, please click here!

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Increasing Awareness and Education for Texans

By NAIFA-Texas on 9/27/22 12:04 PM

A Message from NAIFA-Texas and TALHI

Texans across the state are more aware of life insurance than they have been for decades. Governor Abbott recently proclaimed September 2022 to be Life Insurance Awareness Month in Texas. 

Topics: #NAIFAProud NAIFA-Texas

Advocacy Sushi

By NAIFA-Texas on 9/20/22 9:48 AM

Watch NAIFA-Texas's advocacy focused webinar with industry leaders including NAIFA-Texas Past President and current NAIFA Trustee, Doug Massey as well as NAIFA-Texas Past President and current NAIFA-Texas National Committeeperson, Jason Talley. We were also joined by NAIFA's Andrew Holt and Stephanie Sheridan. During the webinar, our guest speakers discussed their advocacy stories, how and why they stay engaged in NAIFA, what advocacy looks like across all lines of business (local, state, and national), systematic changes to the industry because of NAIFA's impact, and more!

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NAIFA Announces 2023 National Leadership Nominees

By NAIFA-Texas on 9/20/22 9:10 AM


NAIFA’s Committee on Governance has nominated Douglas B. Massey, LUTCF, FSS, Owner of Doug Massey Financial Services in San Angelo, TX, to be the 2023 NAIFA Secretary. A current member of NAIFA’s Board of Trustees, Massey has been a loyal NAIFA member since 1987. As incoming Secretary, Massey will be in line to serve as President-Elect in 2024 and President in 2025.

The Committee has also nominated two members to serve two-year terms on the NAIFA Board of Trustees. The nominees are Brian J. Haney, CLTC, CFS, CIS, CFBS, LACP, CAE, Founder and CEO of the Haney Company in Silver Spring, MD, a loyal member since 2013, and Carina Hatfield, LUTCF, CLCS, LACP, Owner of Weigner Insurance & Financial Services Inc. in Pottstown, PA, a loyal member since 2005. Under the respective leadership of Haney and Hatfield, The Haney Company and Weigner Insurance & Financial Services are both participants in NAIFA’s 100% Agency program.

Two members of the 2022 Board whose terms are expiring have been nominated to serve additional one-year terms. They are Aprilyn Chavez Geissler, LACP, First Executive Vice President with Gateway Financial Advisors in Albuquerque, NM, a loyal member since 2005, and Dennis Cuccinelli, LACP, an Independent Financial Representative in Edison, NJ, a loyal member since 1986. Geissler has served the organization in a myriad of ways including being a past national Diversity Champion, and Cuccinelli has served the association for multiple years as national Membership Chair.

Bryon A. Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, President of Bryon Holz & Associates in Brandon, FL, and a loyal member since 1987, will serve as NAIFA’s 2023 President. Thomas M. Cothron, LUTCF, FSCP, Agency Manager at Southern Farm Bureau Insurance in Ocala, FL, a loyal member since 1981, will be the 2023 President-Elect. Both Holz and Cothron have served the association in multiple roles including national Trustee, state President, and specialty committee roles throughout their leadership tenure.

Brock T. Jolly, CFP, CLU, LACP, ChFC, CLTC, CASL, RICP, Partner at Veritas Financial LLC/MassMutual and Financial Group in McLean, VA, a loyal member since 2001, is nominated to continue to serve as NAIFA’s Treasurer. Lawrence J. Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP, Director of Insurance and Advance Sales, at Fortis Lux Financial, in Melville, NY, a loyal member since 1990, will serve as Immediate Past President.

Continuing their current terms as members of the Board of Trustees in 2023 are Mark Acre, LUTCF, CEO of OneSource Insurance Group in Ozark, MO, a loyal member since 2009; Christopher L. Gandy, LACP, Founder of Midwest Legacy Group (OneAmerica) in Lisle, IL, a loyal member since 2003; Evelyn Gellar, LUTCF, RICP, CLTC, FSCP, CDFA, Managing Director of Forest Hills Financial Group (Guardian Life) in Melville, NY, a loyal member since 1993; Winona Havir, CPCU, CLF, LUTCF, FSS, AIC, LACP, Executive Vice President of Business Development with Educators Insurance Resources Services, Inc. (Horace Mann) in Stillwater, MN, a loyal member since 1997; and Danny O’Connell, LACP, CEO of Next Level Insurance Agency in Addison, TX, a loyal member since 2008.

The nominees will stand for election during NAIFA’s annual business meeting at the National Leadership Conference (NLC). The NLC and Belong awards celebration will be held November 13-15 at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Following the association’s business meeting, all Trustees and state presidents will be sworn into office with an awards dinner to follow.

The NAIFA Governance Committee consists of 12 NAIFA members and is chaired by NAIFA Past President Cammie Scott, MSIE, ChHC, CLTC, LUTCF, REBC, RHU, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, President of CK Harp & Associates in Springdale, AR, a loyal member since 1998.

“The Governance Committee considered a strong slate of applicants for the NAIFA Secretary and Board of Trustee positions, and we settled on a group of candidates who bring passion, energy, intelligence, and a dedication to service that will lead NAIFA to continued success as we enter year three of the NAIFA 2025 Strategic Plan,” Scott said. “This group, along with returning board members, incoming President Bryon Holz, and President-Elect Tom Cothron, will continue to lead NAIFA’s modernization and delivery of a high-quality membership experience.”

NAIFA members interested in serving as volunteer association leaders should contact their local or state chapters to explore leadership opportunities. 

View the PRWeb press release.

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By NAIFA-Texas on 9/15/22 9:04 AM


Registration is now open for National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Washington, D.C. to be held November 13-15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  The purpose of NLC is to optimize how we work together as One NAIFA. This is an opportunity for you to learn, grow, and celebrate.

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Grassroots & Relationships With NAIFA’s Andrew Holt

By NAIFA-Texas on 8/30/22 9:21 AM


Andrew Holt is the Government Relations and Grassroots Manager at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). NAIFA works on behalf of its members to promote a favorable regulative environment, provide professional education services, and ensure ethical professional conduct for insurance and financial advisors.

Topics: Texas Advocacy NAIFA-Texas Grassroots