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2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient
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2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient


RUSSELL A. SMITH, CLU, ChFC, CFP, CSA entered the life insurance business in 1982 as an agent with The Bankers Life-Iowa.  He quickly scaled the production ladder while there, earning Top Club honors every year.

In 1984, Mr. Smith accepted a management position with a national marketing firm specializing in selling insurance products through financial institutions.  Once again, Mr. Smith and his region were top producers for the company year in and year out.

In 1991, he re-entered private practice—this time as a general agent with several top companies.  A consistent Top 10 producer, Mr. Smith continues to set the pace for his small group of agents.  His practice places emphasis on estate and retirement planning for seniors.  Mr. Smith is a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), as well as a current Court of the Table and Top of the Table member for 15 consecutive years.  He has earned both the National Quality Award and National Sales Achievement Award.

A devoted industry supporter, Mr. Smith is past President of the Riverside County Association of Life Underwriters and was President of NAIFA-California for 2001-2002.  He is past Chairman of the NAIFA Committee on Membership, as well as the NAIFA Government Relations Committee and served for four years on the NAIFA National Board as one of the ten elected Trustees.  He is Past-President of the Arrowhead chapter of Financial Service Professionals and has also served as President of his local Chamber of Commerce.

Working in Southern California, Mr. Smith resides in Canyon Lake, California. He has four children and two grandchildren to keep him busy! 

Congratulations, Russ, and thank you for all your service and contributions to NAIFA-California! 


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