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New Disability Group Formed

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Disability insurance producers have set up a new group for all participants in the disability industry.

The new International DI Society will serve insurance company executives, educators and regulators as well as producers, according to Ron Cohen, a Barker, Texas, DI specialist.

Programs will include both group disability and individual disability content, he adds.

Cohen says he spent 8 months working on message boards at, a site managed by Steve Crawford, to set up the society.

The group is incorporated in Nevada, and W. Harold Petersen, the Valencia, Calif., disability insurance luminary, is the president, Cohen says.

Some of the other organizers include Bill Barrett of Capistrano Beach, Calif., and Caryn Montague of North Miami Beach, Fla.

The society already has attracted more than 80 registrants for its 2005 fall meeting, which will take place from Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 in Tampa Bay, Fla.

Most major disability insurers already have registered to attend the meeting and the broker participants will be coming from all over the United States, Cohen says.

“Our industry is changing,” Cohen says. “These changes are confusing everybody.”

The fall meeting will be a chance for everybody to get together in one room to clear up some of the confusion, he says.

The International DI Society will meet in October


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