The chief executive officer of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors has died.
In a press statement released late Tuesday, NAIFA announced that CEO Susan Waters, 63, passed away “unexpectedly” at her in Washington, D.C. home. The cause of death was not available at press time.
“Susan’s passing is a great loss for the NAIFA family,” said NAIFA President Juli McNeely. “Susan was a dedicated leader and a strong advocate for our industry. She cared very much about our members and the work they do in securing the financial futures of America’s businesses and families.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan’s family at this difficult time,” McNeely added. “We will miss her very much.”
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Waters was named CEO of NAIFA in March 2010 and had served as NAIFA’s Acting CEO since December 2009 and Deputy CEO since October 2007. She had more than 23 years of experience in professional association management, as well as experience in the insurance industry.
In 2013, Waters was the recipient of the American Society of Association Executives’ Key Award, which recognizes the association CEO who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership and displays a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations.
Prior to joining NAIFA, Waters was president of Sextant Consulting, a firm specializing in association governance, conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, and meeting facilitation. In her career, she has served as the CEO of three associations, has been a licensed insurance broker, and has served as executive vice president of an insurance agency.