Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2014 May/June NAIFA Washington Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following NAIFA-Washington Award Recipients...

Step Up to the Plate Award
Alan Zalewski, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
NAIFA South Puget Sound

YAT Agent of the Year Award
Alexander Collins, ChFC
NAIFA Seattle/Eastside

Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas E. Fowler, CLU, ChFC
NAIFA Seattle/Eastside

Inspirational Award
Randy Kimm, LUTCF
NAIFA Spokane

Advocacy Award
Sharon L. Sparling, CIC, NAIFA Northwest
Richard Ek, LUTCF, NAIFA-Snohomish

Retiring Regional Vice Presidents Award
Neal Kloke, Region I RVP, NAIFA Northwest
Kay Mielke-Crookshanks, Region V RVP, NAIFA Twin Harbors

President's Plaque and Gavel
Kevin Gleim, LUTCF, FICF, NAIFA South Puget Sound
2013-2014 President NAIFA Washington

NAIFA Washington thanks you for your service and dedication. Well Done!

Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 May/June APIC

(L-R Jeff Johnston, Senator Cantwell, Richard Miller)
Much to my dismay, I was unable to attend our recent State Convention.  Jeff Johnston and I instead made the trek to Washington DC for the Congressional Conference; NAIFA National’s super-sized version of Day on the Hill.  I must admit that I didn’t have the best attitude prior to the trip.  I was grousing about missing the State Convention and grumbling about the gridlock in the other Washington, and wondering out loud to anyone within earshot, whether we would have any impact.
Well as things often play out, I received a loud and clear message.  We started out the day with just one appointment at Senator Cantwell’s office.  With some last minute calling and a little help from Kyle Kunkler at the National headquarters, we managed to set up 2 additional appointments with Senator Murray’s office and 8th congressional district Congressman Dave Reichert.  Not only were we happy to be using our time in Washington DC wisely, but all of our appointments were with key legislators; those who sit on committees that directly impact our industry.