Six links that will make all your dreams come true…

OK, so maybe I’m overstating the potential impact of the information I’m going to share with you in this week’s post, but nonetheless, the links below will help make you a lively conversationalist at upcoming holiday parties. And keep your eyes open for a special blog posting later this week when we have had a chance to examine the GOP’s tax reform bill to determine its impact on the fraternal community. Enjoy…jja

  • Your Board’s culture can be a blessing or a curse. (But you already knew that.) Check out the latest report from the National Association of Corporate Directors Blue Ribbon Commission to help you not only assess the current culture of your Board, but to help you improve it…
  • And on that topic, here’s a related (and belated) story from the WSJ entitled “Why would anyone sane be a bank director?
  • Here is an interesting Q&A from AM Best about their new rating methodology and what it means to their clients. Spoiler alert: it suggests that there may be a bigger impact on smaller companies than larger ones…
  • Hermann Sons Life embraces the Alliance’s branding campaign. The Texas-based society, which has been engaged in a re-branding initiative for months, has taken the preliminary results of the Alliance’s branding program and put it to use in their marketing plan. By the way, the final branding campaign materials should be distributed to all Alliance members participating in the program before Thanksgiving…
  • The American Council of Life Insurers has produced a terrific new report on the state of Americans financial and retirement security. An ACLI executive will be presenting the findings of this report – and what it means to the nation’s life insurance companies – in more detail at the Alliance’s 2018 Executive Summit. In the meantime, you might want to compare its findings with those of your own society…
  • Two new CEOs appointed to lead Alliance members. Dan Shinnick and Mark Cummings have been named CEOs of National Mutual Benefit and Teachers Life, respectively. You may have met them at the Alliance’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Arizona earlier this year. Here are copies of their bios so you can learn a bit more about them. Please join me in welcoming them to the fraternal community…
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