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Convention Update - Future of NAIFA

Monday, October 19, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Thomas O. Michel
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Trustee Report

Thank you NAIFA-California!  As you have heard, Jules Gaudreau, NAIFA President, has appointed yours truly to the NAIFA Board of Trustees!  I am humbled, honored and extremely grateful for the support that my state federation has provided.  Thank you to Mike Ables for stepping in to my National Committee Person role so I can serve in this capacity.  Thank you as well to Jill Judd who has served us so admirably on the national board the last two years.  I will give it my best to keep our state and national causes moving forward.

You will hear from others on our national conference this past week in New Orleans but I would like to extoll my enthusiasm for the direction our federation is going.  For the first time in 22 years, our federation’s membership numbers are moving in the right direction.  No doubt, some of this is due to the pilot program and sponsored memberships but that program has changed the conversation and members are getting engaged again.

I sense a new enthusiasm not felt in the 15-plus years I have attended the national conference.  Get on the bus, ladies and gentlemen, as our industry and our clients need us engaged and growing.

New NAIFA CEO, Kevin Mayeux, CAE, is one impressive individual.  He has been with us about 100 days but made his national debut this week.  I was able to spend time with him in presentations and in the board meeting and I will simply put it this way…. He is the leader this federation needs and I am confident he will be the leader that takes NAIFA back to its glory days.

How? He has experience in turning associations around with a vast skill set.  He understands we need to build a more robust NAIFA that brings value.  I don’t want to get too detailed, but he also he understands how he needs to broaden NAIFA’s income stream that will lead to a better federation.  His initial goal is to increase three areas of revenue—membership growth, enhanced online and in-the-field training, and he has hired a new Vice President in charge of corporate development.

The big news from the delegates is that the delegate body passed, in an overwhelming fashion, a new election process proposed by the National Governance Committee.  In sum, the days of elections and campaigning may have come to an end.  The Governance committee will now propose a slate of officers (much like we do in California) based on their due diligence, and then the delegate body can approve the slate or someone can still always run from the floor.  It should allow for the federation to focus more on relevant issues at the conference and beyond, and we trust the governance committee will nominate the right officers.

Lastly, our federation has many challenges, but it also has many opportunities.  I believe we are poised to take NAIFA back to where it was, but we need all of you to understand its importance to your colleagues in the business and our clientele.  We need members to engage in some fashion.  We need members to participate in IFAPAC like we did in New Orleans, where we raised more than $150,000 to fight our advocacy battles.  We can do this and I welcome any feedback you may have so that I can help our cause.  I am proud to be a NAIFA member; I hope you are too!


Thomas O. Michel

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