Six days in Las Vegas. Whew! Ok, maybe I stayed a little bit too long, but I wanted to bring you up to date on some pretty cool things that took place at the 11th installment of Senior Market Advisor Expo.

Jim Brogan of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Brogan Financial was crowned Senior Market Advisor‘s 2011 Advisor of the Year. Read our press release announcing Brogan as AOY for 2011.

More than 400 advisors were on hand to take in the three-day show. With exhibitors, sponsors and staff, that number topped the always elusive 500-person barrier.

Be on the lookout for extensive coverage of the Expo in SMA’s October issue.

For the first time at the show, social media played a huge role in connecting the event to readers and attendees. Before the show, Senior Market Advisor, Producer’sWeb and various attendees communicated that we would cover the event live through Twitter. Below you will find highlights from the #SMAX twitter feed. Enjoy!

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Precon workshop Paychecks and Playchecks has kicked off at #smaxyfrog.com/h8mgapxj

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Tom Hegna of the aptly named tomhegna.com is leading this session where he’ll focus on happy retirement. #smaxyfrog.com/h0b1dvjmj

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Half of us will outlive our own life expectancy. Married people live longer. Longevity is a risk multiplier.#Hegna#smax

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Inflation explosion? Is it time to buy gold and bullets and toilet paper? #Hegna#smax

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#smax inflation not biggest threat for seniors short term. Long term sure. Deflation is biggest current threat.

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Not about being a Republican or Democratic party. Doesn’t matter anymore. We need a math party.#Hegna#smax

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Everybody dies but nobody knows when except…life insurance companies.#Hegna#SMAXmortality credits.

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Advisor of the Year Jim Brogan says he never would have thought he’d be here six or seven years ago!#smax

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Larry Winget on stage now. Says nobody cares how good you used to be. Have to be good every day. Now!#smax

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“You don’t have to love what you do, you have to do what you do.”#smax

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Formula for success: hard work and excellence.#Winget#smax

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The book The Secret is a lot of crap says @larrywinget#SMAX

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@larrywinget: I’ve had three death threats in the last year for telling people to work hard and take responsibility!#SMAX

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Spend less money than you make.#Winget#smaxit’s that simple.

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Change is not over. Get over it. Change is here to stay. Things are changing. Way to deal with change is flexibility.#smax

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The truth is you have to have basic talent and then work really hard.#smax#Winget

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Way to ensure you don’t need to talk to the guy next to you on an airplane: Read “How to sell insurance on an airplane”#Winget#SMAX

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When you mess up big deal. Admit it fix it and move on.#winget#smax.