Millard J. Grauer, CLU, ChFC
Highland Park, Ill.
The Society of Financial Service Professionals has been the kingpin of professionalism and ethics in the life insurance profession. Its close relationship with the American College has enabled the thousands of American College graduates to continue their professional education throughout each members career.
The Society provides teleconferences, specialty sections, seminars and the Financial Services Professional Journal resulting in its members being on the leading edge for excellent counsel to each members clients.
I have felt as a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals that I receive the respect of my clients and peers as would a lawyer who is a member of his or her bar association or a CPA belonging to his or her professional association.
The exchange of information with top practitioners in a professional association greatly enhances your value to your clients and in sales, substantially increases your income. Membership in the Society is a must for those who want to be leaders in the financial services world.
Clark B. McCleary, CLU, ChFC
The Society is the only organization in the insurance-based financial services industry that requires earned and recognized credentials as a condition of membership.
Since one of the qualifications of being deemed a professional is the mastery of a body of formal knowledge as demonstrated by earning designations and/or degrees, the very existence of the Society for 75 years has provided strong, positive encouragement to tens of thousands of individuals in our industry to take logical steps toward professionalism in order to be eligible to become a member of the Society.
As a result, a large number of professionals in our industry are better educated and more inclined toward high ethical conduct because the Society exists.
On a personal note, I was fortunate to serve the Society on its board, then its executive committee and finally as its president in 1999-2000. The relationships I enjoyed and the friendships I developed with those at the top of our profession will be treasured always. Those experiences made me a better adviser to my clients and, I believe, a better person.
The Society has helped keep the industry aware of the need for professional education and the value of top-quality of CE. It has helped to raise the bar and keep high standards among industry professionals.
Personally, the Society has been my professional home since I earned my designations. The CE has given me confidence to build and expand my practice.