Obama Announces Intent to Nominate Former NAIFA Trustee to NARAB Board

January 12, 2016

President Barack Obama recently announced his intent to nominate Past NAIFA-National Trustee, Thomas McLeary, CLU, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers. NARAB is an organization with jurisdiction to oversee insurance producer non-resident licensing and continuing-education standards on a national level. Last year, the President signed into law legislation to establish NARAB and had 90 days from enactment to appoint a ...

NAIFA President Supports Alternative to DOL Proposal in Letter to the Boston Globe

January 8, 2016

NAIFA President Jules Gaudreau wrote in a letter to the Boston Globe that bipartisan legislation recently introduced in Congress would benefit consumers and is a reasonable alternative to the Department of Labor's proposed best interest regulation . Gaudreau submitted the letter in response to a Globe article questioning Rep. Richard Neal's (D-Mass.) sponsorship of the bill. The legislation is cosponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and has the support other members of Congress fr...

NAIFA, Northwestern Mutual Partner to Strengthen State Advocacy

January 6, 2016

Northwestern Mutual will provide $250,000 grant as lead gift in NAIFA Capital 50 Fund   Northwestern Mutual announced today that the company will provide a $250,000 grant to the NAIFA Capital 50 Fund , a new initiative designed to strengthen advocacy and representation by the financial services industry at the state level. Northwestern Mutual is the first company to formally sign on as a partner to leverage NAIFA’s structure as a federation with a presence in every state capital and ...

Happy New Year From NAIFA!

January 5, 2016

Dear friends, I hope every member of our NAIFA family has enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and I, along with my colleagues, family and the entire NAIFA staff, wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2016. The past year has been an eventful one for NAIFA.  We launched a pilot membership program based on an idea presented by NAIFA-New York that encouraged several thousand advisors in participating states to become first-time NAIFA members. We hosted a successful an...

NAIFA members make EBA list of 'politically active brokers' in healthcare, employee benefits

January 4, 2016

NAIFA members Hyatt Erstad and Mark Guanya are among the   14 “politically active brokers to know across the U.S.,” according to Employee Benefit Adviser . The magazine says that while many brokers have the opportunity to impact decision making on healthcare, employee benefit and industry issues, many politically active advisers agree they are among just 10 percent of brokers who are involved in local and national politics. Erstad and Guanya make the list of leading bro...