President’s Blog


28
Nov 2012

There’s still one month left in 2012, but I’m already excited about the coming year. The Alliance staff and Board are committed to making 2013 a year of inspirational leadership for fraternals.

We’re going to start by offering a new member benefit – Compliance PLUS – to help fraternals manage the increasingly complex regulatory environment in a cost effective way. You can learn more about this by participating in a free Webinar on 12/6/12.

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19
Nov 2012

Thanksgiving will be a small affair at our house this year.  Our two children have grown up, live far from Chicago, and won’t be able to make it home for the holiday (although we get both sons, a daughter-in-law, and a fiancé for Christmas!!!).  And my wife, who works for a major retailer, has to be at work at 11:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.  (There is one consumer-driven tradition I’d like to see put out to pasture.)  But nonetheless,

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12
Nov 2012

1) Political Post-Mortem: What the Elections Means to You

After a record-setting amount of money was spent by candidates and Super PACs the result was…not much changed on the political landscape. Or did it? You can find out tomorrow on a free teleconference hosted by the Alliance and featuring our two key federal advocates – Jenn Fogel-Bublick and Charles Cooper of McBee Strategic Consulting. While the overall balance of power in the executive and legislative branches of government remained virtually the same,

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07
Nov 2012

I cry at weddings, funerals, and on Election Day. I have an aversion to labels and have never felt compelled to wear an American flag pin on my lapel. But I do consider myself a patriot. And that’s why I get a little choked up when I actually get to participate in choosing the leaders of our democratic republic by casting a ballot. What’s even more emotional – at least to me – is watching Americans of all socio-economic backgrounds take great pride in doing the same thing.

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01
Nov 2012

The Alliance Board of Directors meets on November 9 to review and approve the organization’s Strategic Plan and Budget for the coming year. The Alliance Board relies on a variety of sources in the planning process: member society responses to the organization’s annual Membership Satisfaction Survey; insight and opinions from Board members; reports from experts in the fields of life insurance and annuities, asset management, governance, politics, and community service/volunteerism; and the staff’s Enterprise Risk Management report assessing the risks facing the Alliance and its member societies.

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23
Oct 2012

As you know, the Alliance has made a significant investment in research to test the awareness and relevance of the fraternal business model among consumers in our “sweet spot” – 30-55 years old, middle income, children living at home, active members in church or civic groups. We discovered that most consumers have virtually no awareness of fraternals; and that their perceptions of them were often wildly off the mark (“kind of like a college fraternity with more money and less beer”).

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19
Oct 2012

More than 400 individuals from Alliance member societies and associate member organizations attended the 2012 Annual Meeting. And I’m guessing that there are several thousand folks who would have liked to benefit from the outstanding educational program offered at this year’s meeting, but just couldn’t get there.

Well, now you can. We can’t provide the face-to-face networking opportunities that members tell us is such an important part of the Annual Meeting.

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09
Oct 2012

One more thought about Jim Collins’ presentation at the Alliance’s 2012 Annual Meeting before I move on to other topics…

Collins was clearly fascinated by the fraternal business model and believes that the timing may be right for a fraternal resurgence – provided we face the “cold brutal facts” confronting us in a straightforward and realistic manner.

One of those facts is that almost every society is dealing with a rapidly aging number of members and isn’t coming close to replacing them with younger ones.

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02
Oct 2012

In my last post, I provided you with a list of “pleasure reading” suggestions; this week I have a host of articles that I think might help your business operations. Take a look and let me know what you think – or if you have an article or two that you’d like to recommend to readers.

  • Royal Neighbors cooking up growth ideas – Check out this article from the August issue of Best’s Review for some recipes on how your society might find creative ways to stir up interest in the......

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25
Sep 2012

  1. Jim Collins – I knew his message would be on point, but I had no idea how much effort he would make to understand the specifics of the fraternal business model (and the unique financial structure of life insurers, in general) and tailor his comments to the needs of Alliance members. He gave an inspiring and brutally honest assessment of what it takes for a fraternal to succeed, and earned rave reviews from executives of both large and small societies.
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