During her welcoming words at NAILBA 33 in Hollywood, Florida, 2014 NAILBA Chairman Barbara Crowley shared how proud she is of how high the NAILBA membership retention rates have stayed, and thanked her wide network of support for making her success possible throughout the years.
“One of the activities that I’m most proud of is our new strategic planning,” Crowley adds. “To remain relevant, we must be focused on the needs and wants of our members, and on serving as the voice of independent brokerage. To stay relevant, we must revise our plan every few years.”
The board of directors recently convened to revise that plan, which was last updated in 2011.
The new direction and forward thinking of the board aimed to lay a new groundwork for the next three years, and to do so, they realized they needed input from their members.
“After conducting extensive research, your input helped us create a very fresh and ambitious strategic plan that your incoming Chair, David Long, will share with you tomorrow.”
Crowley further asserts that NAILBA is and strives to stay an advocate for the industry, and will be expanding its partnership with the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU).
“I am pleased to share that we have entered into a joint venture with AALU to provide government affairs services. This will include opportunities for personal and political involvement for the brokerage community represented by NAILBA. The AALU will also represent NAILBA in the Secure Family Coalition that supports the position that life insurance and related products are taxed appropriately today,” Crowley announces. This venture will allow membership to become more involved with AALU for extensive advocacy efforts for the distribution side of insurance sales.