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NAIFA National Council Elects Officers, Trustees to Board


Mark Briscoe
Senior Director of Strategic Communications

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LAS VEGAS (September 11, 2012) —The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors' representative governing body, the National Council, has elected new officers and trustees at the 2012 NAIFA Career Conference and Annual Meeting, held in Las Vegas Sept. 8-11.

NAIFA’s new president is Robert O. Smith, CLU, ChFC, JD, of Northwestern Mutual in Grand Rapids, Mich. Joining Smith on NAIFA’s Executive Committee are: President-elect John Nichols, CLU, MSM, of Disability Resource Group, Inc. in Chicago; Treasurer Matthew S. Tassey, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, of Principal Financial Group in Portland, Maine; and Secretary Juli McNeely, CFP, CLU, LUTCF.

After serving his one-year term as president, Robert A. Miller, MS, MA, of Miller-Pomerantz in New York, becomes immediate past president, and will remain a member of NAIFA’s Executive Committee.

Elected to the board for the first time are: Kevin L. Bell, CLU, ChFC, JD, of Guardian in Indianapolis; Michael O. Brown, LUTCF, of MassMutual Financial Group in Oklahoma City; Bob Buxman, LUTCF, of NAIFA-Oregon in Portland; and Jerry S. Flowers, LUTCF, CLTC, of Capital Brokerage of Norwalk, Conn.

Remaining on the board as trustees are: Thomas M. Cothron, LUTCF, of Southern Farm Bureau Life of Ocala, Fla.; Brenda D. Doty, LUTCF, RHU, CLU, of The Doty Group in Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; Paul R. Dougherty, LUTCF, FSS, of State Farm Insurance Companies in Hyattsville, Md.; John S. Holmes, III, LUTCF, of New York Life in Knoxville, Tenn.; Matthew S. Huntington, CLU, LUTCF, Farmers Insurance in Aurora, Colo.; Lisa Laliberte, CLU, ChFC, CASL, of State Farm Insurance Companies in Lewiston, Maine.; Van B. Land, LUTCF, RFC, of Grovetown, Ga.

About NAIFA: Founded in 1890 as The National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), NAIFA is one of the nation’s oldest and largest associations representing the interests of insurance professionals from every Congressional district in the United States. NAIFA members assist consumers by focusing their practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. NAIFA’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members.