President’s Blog


14
Dec 2015

This is my final 2015 posting.  I look forward to working with you to promote the values and value of the fraternal system in 2016.

I grew up on a horse ranch a few miles outside of the small town of Hollister, California.  The hard pan soil in the field that fronted the road made it impossible to grow anything, but it did afford an incredible view of the Gabilan Mountains that separated our little valley from the coast. 

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07
Dec 2015

Last week’s post celebrated the compassion and courage of Hermann Sons President and CEO Buddy Preuss sharingBaker Doug his own family story about the importance of the financial services component of the fraternal business model. Given the comments from Alliance members – both public and private – Buddy and his daughter Katie managed to touch our hearts.

This week’s post highlights another fraternalist: Teachers Life President and CEO Doug Baker, who also happens to be a blogger......

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30
Nov 2015

I receive many positive comments on my blog posts from members.  Some folks like the “right between the eyes” nature of my opinions on the value and vulnerability of the fraternal model.  Others tend to appreciate my book recommendations or random thoughts on the best Grateful Dead songs every recorded.  I love to hear from you because at least that means you’re reading my posts!  And I find it particularly heartwarming to learn that more and more societies are creating blogs to share information with their members.

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23
Nov 2015

The flag has dropped for the “Race to 100” – the Alliance’s national grassroots advocacy initiative to secure 100 co-sponsors for our “Fraternal Resolution” (officially known as H.Con.Res. 19).

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Late last week the Alliance sent this bulletin to the leaders of each of its U.S.-domiciled member societies briefing them on the program and encouraging them to engage their societies key audiences – employees, local chapter leaders, field representatives,

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09
Nov 2015

I’ve been meaning to share these items with you for a while now, so here’s a bundle of little gifts to kick off the holiday season…cornicupia

  • Insurance Disrupted – Insurance industry leaders will hear from dozens of executives from Silicon Valley “start-ups, venture firms, and innovation labs” at the Disruptive Leadership Summit on November 19-20. Alliance staff will participate in this event – electronically, of course – as we try our best to learn more about everything from “engaging digitally empowered insurance customers”......

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02
Nov 2015

Don’t worry, this isn’t a “Christmas” post (despite the fact that retailers will blow right past Thanksgiving and be Start with Whytotally decked out in their holiday finery by the time the doors open this morning). The headline is inspired by the fact that it takes me a week to adjust to that ridiculous one-hour time change we go through twice a year (can someone please tell me why we need......

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27
Oct 2015

After much contemplation and debate, it appears that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) – the current Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee – will soon be elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Ever the optimist, I’m hopeful that his election will be one step toward more bi-partisanship and less polarization in the GOP, the House of Representatives, and the Congress. Perhaps it will even signal a return to legislators seeking ways to work together for the good of the nation rather than the good of what seems to be increasingly narrow......

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19
Oct 2015

Last week, I attended the biennial meeting of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) just up the road in Minneapolis.  This was one of the first large scale ICMIF meetings held in the U.S. in the recent memory and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to experience a virtual “United Nations of Insurance” event (right down to the real time remote translation devices on each table!).ICMIF Logo StackedRead More


13
Oct 2015

Last week’s post about the primary reasons for increased scrutiny of corporate governance practices by insurance regulators generated quite a few emails from member society executives, most of which fell into the “Thanks, this needed to be said” category.

This week, we’ll explore the potential for regulators to move beyond the parameters of the NAIC’s new Corporate Governance Model Act – regulations that require all insurers (not just fraternals) to disclose the details about their organization’s corporate governance structure – and actually require companies to meet specific governance standards.

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