As we move into our fourth decade of representing the brokerage community, we have demonstrated our association’s ability to anticipate and respond to change, and our continued relevancy in the marketplace. As my year in service as your Chair closes, I offer my congratulations on a great year to my fellow Board members, my gratitude to our committee leadership and staff, and share my pride in the strengthening of our industry alliances. Our activities this year continued to influence and enrich the brokerage community.
Our committees, working with our staff and in response to survey and evaluation feedback, developed new educational products, improved member benefit programs, revised the magazine and our membership materials and continued to look for alternate delivery methods for needed education. Our committees are what make NAILBA special – the involvement of our membership in the programs that make a difference not just for us, but for future generations.
One of my objectives this year was to increase committee involvement and member engagement– and I’ve been delighted at the response from our membership. From increased activity and membership on committees, an uptick in the frequency of social media interaction, and the very-busy Agency Successor Networking Group, we have really had a busy year in our association. I’m confident that we can keep the momentum going for years!
In support of our strategic plan initiative to strengthen our industry alliances, NAILBA worked in tandem with organizations such as AALU, MDRT, the LIFE Foundation, NAIFA, LIDMA and others to share resources. Our collaboration with AALU on the Brokerage Task Force served to strengthen the voice of the brokerage community on Capitol Hill. Our support of the LIFE Foundation’s awareness campaigns and scholarship programs brought consumer awareness to the importance of insurance during these changing economic times. Our support of the NAIFA Independent Advisors dinner showcased the value of a BGA relationship to an outstanding audience of independent advisors. Our collaboration with MDRT to offer discounted and free registrations to their Annual Meeting for NAILBA members and the producers we work with increased our visibility to a highly-motivated group of producers. Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen relationships with our sister organizations and their members, as well as between NAILBA’s leadership and legislators.
The future of NAILBA’s leadership is bright, and our outlook is hopeful. It has been my great honor to serve as your Chairman for the past year, and I am grateful to all of you for the opportunity. I am looking forward to the future with high expectations of great things for the brokerage community and for NAILBA.
Dexter S. Umekubo, CLU, ChFC
2012 NAILBA Chairman