President’s Blog


10
Oct 2017

Retailers, as this story in the Wall Street Journal points out, are going back to basics when it comes to teaching millennials – that vast pool of potential “uber-consumers” – how to use their products.  Yes, it seems like individuals between the ages of 24-27 spent so much time being chauffeured around to sporting events and concert recitals (which their parents undoubtedly – and probably mistakenly – believed......

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06
Oct 2017

OAK BROOK, IL October 6, 2017 – The American Fraternal Alliance welcomed two new fraternal executives to its Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting, September 6-8, in Chandler, Arizona:  Matthew E. (Matt) Ellis, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, WoodmenLife; and Joe Alvarez, VP, Operations and Information Technology at FaithLife Financial.

“The Alliance and its member societies congratulate Matt and Joe on their election to serve as Directors on the Board,” said Alliance President and CEO Joseph J.

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04
Oct 2017

It’s a quandary faced by almost every trade association.  Members – either corporations or individuals – come together under a common banner to do collectively what they could not do (or could not do as well) individually.  Most often, the collective effort focuses on political advocacy and comprises efforts to ensure that the group’s voice is heard by state and/or federal policymakers.

But how do you quantify the value of political advocacy? 

 » Read more about: Think advocacy is overrated? Read this…  »...

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26
Sep 2017

September and October are the peak of fall meeting season for the life insurance industry and the fraternal community. And as a result, I have not had much time this week to pull my thoughts together for a cohesive blog post. But last week, I did manage to catch Mass Mutual CEO Roger Crandall on “Squawk Box”, the early morning business news program on CNBC.

Here’s a link to it if you haven’t seen it.

 » Read more about: Mutual life lessons…  »...

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19
Sep 2017

The Alliance and the fraternal community lost an iconic leader this week with the passing of Jim Stoker, the long-time CEO of GBU Financial in Pittsburgh.

His innovative and courageous leadership resulted in the incredible growth of GBU into one of the nation’s largest fraternals.  He pioneered expansion strategies through both organic growth and acquisitions.  He was instrumental in acquiring several smaller fraternals of various ethnic origins and bringing them seamlessly into the GBU family. 


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18
Sep 2017

Some very positive developments have occurred over the past few weeks. Here’s a quick summary of some bright spots on the fraternal horizon…

  • Alliance Annual Meeting – Well, that was a doozy! One-of-a-kind keynoters; thought-provoking workshops; a panel of young professionals from member societies sharing their insights on how to shake-up (wake up?) the system. The 2017 Annual Meeting was one of the highest rated educational programs ever conducted by the Alliance.
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18
Sep 2017

Kevin MartiKevin A. Marti Elected Chair of the American Fraternal Alliance Board
President & CEO, Gleaner Life Insurance Society, to serve as Chair of the Board.

OAK BROOK, IL, September 11, 2017 – The American Fraternal Alliance announces that Kevin A. Marti, President & CEO, Gleaner Life Insurance Society, was elected Chair of its Board of Directors. Marti was installed in this Alliance office at the 2017 Annual Meeting,

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18
Sep 2017

Timothy L. KuzmaTimothy L. Kuzma, Elected Vice Chair of the American Fraternal Alliance Board
President, Polish Falcons of America, to serve as Vice Chair of the Board.

OAK BROOK, IL, September 14, 2017 – The American Fraternal Alliance announces that Timothy L. (Tim) Kuzma was installed as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting, September 8, in Chandler, Arizona.

“The Alliance and its member societies congratulate Tim on his election to serve as Vice Chair of the Board,” said Alliance......

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08
Sep 2017

This guest blog is  submitted by members of the Alliance’s Grow Younger Task Force, Nate Lamusga, Director of Member Engagement for Catholic United Financial and Kelsey Logan, Member Programs Manager for Western Fraternal Life Association.

Shabnam Mogharabi

Thanks for bringing in Shabnam Mogharabi and for a perpetual lump in my throat throughout her presentation about her work at Soul Pancake (LOVE Kid President!).  I was thinking about her mission to connect people and about a presentation......

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