President’s Blog


31
Oct 2016

I took some time off earlier this month and had a chance to catch up on some reading – fiction, non-fiction, and blogs (oh, my!).  Here’s a quick look at the highlights:

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According to a leading entertainment trade publication, the AMC network has given the greenlight to a new series titled Lodge 49, which will be executive produced by Paul Giamatti.  The drama tells the story of Dud,

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25
Oct 2016

This week we hear from Guest Blogger and Alliance Executive Vice President Allison Koppel

wrigleyOur fraternal benefit societies are a special group of life insurers, and we are stronger together than we are alone on many fronts. This uniquely applies to the power of the collective information and data that we all keep that, when shared, provide valuable insights into how we do business. Since the Alliance is one of very few trade associations serving fraternals,

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17
Oct 2016

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At last month’s Alliance Annual Meeting, Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane challenged fraternal leaders to both think differently and act decisively if they were to successfully compete against their larger and better capitalized commercial competitors.

During a presentation on the Alliance’s proposed fraternal branding initiative later that day, Alliance Board member and former Board Chair Harald Borrmann of Catholic United Financial, characterized the members’ decision to move forward on the project as......

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11
Oct 2016

I’ve made no secret about my affinity for Amazon.com. In presentations to Alliance member society conventions, board meetings, and State Fraternal Alliances, I’ve stated that I feel more like a “member” of the Amazon tribe than I do either of the fraternals to which I belong. I know that may seem like heresy to some, but it’s true.amazon

The Amazon folks contact me several times a week in my preferred method of communication – email.

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03
Oct 2016

I am sure that disruption and innovation are words and ideas that we’ve all heard much too often. If it were possible to have a show of hands on this blog, I am certain that there would be more than a couple of us who, at times, have wanted to remove those words from the dictionary. But, here’s the thing…trade associations, by their very nature, are “idea incubators.” Groups like the Alliance are the places where our member societies come together to develop the ideas,

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26
Sep 2016

Success in the advocacy arena is rarely a one-person show. Having a respected lobbyist, a dynamic spokesperson, or a well-connected CEO is no guarantee of success. For an organization to effectively influence public policy – and by that I mean ensuring that legislators and regulators have a solid understanding and appreciation of who you are and what you do – generally requires a combination of ingredients that can be boiled down to two primary factors: the relevance of your message and your ability to communicate it effectively to policymakers.

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15
Sep 2016

OAK BROOK, IL, September 15, 2016 – The American Fraternal Alliance welcomed two new fraternal executives to its Board of Directors at the 2016 Annual Meeting, September 8-10, in Nashville, Tennessee: Allan (Buddy) Preuss, President and CEO, Hermann Sons Life and Eivind Heiberg, CEO, Sons of Norway. Both directors were elected to three-year terms.

Allan W. Preuss was elected President and CEO of Hermann Sons Life in 2013. Together with his Executive Team of officers,

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14
Sep 2016

OAK BROOK, IL, September 14, 2016 – The American Fraternal Alliance announces that Kevin A. Marti was installed as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors at the 2016 Annual Meeting, September 10, in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Alliance and its member societies congratulate Kevin on his election to serve as Vice Chair of the Board,” said Alliance President and CEO Joseph J. Annotti. “The Alliance and its Board of Directors are dedicated to providing our members with the tools they need to thrive as a modern and financially sound fraternal benefit society.”

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14
Sep 2016

OAK BROOK, IL, September 14, 2016 – The American Fraternal Alliance announces that William R. (Bill) O’Toole, President & CEO, Catholic Financial Life, was elected Chair of its Board of Directors. O’Toole was installed in this Alliance office at the 2016 Annual Meeting, September 10, in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The Alliance and its member societies congratulate Bill on his election to serve as Chair of the Board,” said Alliance President and CEO Joseph J.

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