We’ve run a “30 Under 30″ recognition program for several years.
The results were great: We got to feature dozens of young life, health and annuity sector professionals who are out there trying to make a living by protecting people against the risks of getting sick, becoming disabled, dying, or outliving their income.
But then we thought: What about all of the people in their 30s, 40s or later years who shift from other fields into insurance, and never get a chance to be insurance professionals under 30?
What about people who emailed us about the program when they were 29 years and 330 days old and found out that we posted the notice about the 2019 program when they were 30 years and 10 days old?
What about all of the many insurance professionals in their 80s, 90s or even 100s? Why can’t we figure out how to honor?
So, this year, we’re trying a new Generational Recognition approach.
We’ll start out with the following generational breakdowns: Throngs Under 30; Many in the Middle; and Eminences Over 80. We reserve the right to adjust our categories to fit the entries.
- Anyone, including the nominees, can nominate a nominee.
- Nominees can be of any age.
- Nominees should be based primarily in the United States, Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean.
- Nominees should be people who focus primarily on operating in the individual life insurance, individual annuity, individual major medical, individual disability, individual long-term care insurance, individual dental, individual vision, individual supplement benefits or micro-group (roughly: 25 lives and under) benefits markets, or related individual or micro-group markets.
- Nominees can work in any role associated with the individual and micro-group life, health and annuity markets, such as sales, marketing, underwriting, actuarial services, claim administration or compliance.
- We will recognize a maximum of two nominees per organization, but we will define “company” broadly. Example: If three or more nominees work for entities, such as ABC Agency and XYZ Agency, that, legally, are part of the same company, but are based in separate locations and, to the outside world, look like separate companies, we’ll classify those nominees as coming from separate companies. We reserve the discretion to interpret this provision by looking at the nominees’ organizations’ websites.
The Nomination Process
1. Please send us the following information IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL (not in a Microsoft Word document, PDF file or other attachment), in English:
- Age on the date the nomination form was submitted.
- Usual work location.
- Company or organization, if applicable.
- Functional, role if the title does not make that clear.
- Professional designations.
2. A nominator other than the nominee should provide the following, IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL:
A description, in 100 or fewer words, of what the nominee has done, beyond normal work duties, that has made the nominee stand out in terms of getting people covered, serving the general community, serving the insurance community, or being interesting in some other unusual or important way.
A nominator who is not the nominee must promise us that the nominee knows about being nominated and has consented to being nominated.
3. Insurance professionals who are nominating themselves should provide the following IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL:
a. A description, in 100 or fewer words, of what the nominee has done, beyond normal work duties, that has made the nominee stand out in terms of getting people covered, serving the general community, serving the insurance community, or being interesting in some other unusual or important way.
b. The following personal statement:
- If they’re under 30: 100 words about what they wish older people understood about clients and prospects under 30, or, good jokes that don’t seem to show up on a Google search and that we can use.
- If they’re in the middle: 100 words about what they wish younger people and older people understood about clients and prospects around their age. Or, jokes.
- If they’re over 80: 100 words about any ideas, anecdotes, jokes, or thoughts about clients and prospects around their age that they want other people to know about.
A nominator should attach a phone photo of the nominee in the JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP or PDF format to the nomination email.
The photo should be at least about 4 inches wide (or 400 pixels wide) when viewed at normal magnification on a computer screen.