The Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) has elected new officers and directors for 2013-2014. Memphis Chapter President is George Barzizza, Farmers Insurance Group, Secretary-Treasurer, Derek Baltimore, Senior Consulting Financial Group, Inc.; Mark Miller, UCL Financial Group, National Committeeman; Gene Hinders, Immediate Past President. Directors include Shawn Wilkins, Sr., State Farm; Cindy Williams, Northwestern Mutual Life; Bill Pettit, New York Life; Mark Prudhomme, Northwestern Mutual Life; Bob Buckley, Met Life; Don Hinkle, Prudential; Bill Tait, Transamerica; Carol Sherrod, New York Life; and Ralph Bond, Sims Financial Group.
“The Memphis Chapter of NAIFA is 103 years old,” says Barzizza, “and since our inception, consumer protection and advocacy have been our mission. To further these efforts, we work with lobbyists at both the state and national levels to educate legislators about the issues that matter to insurance and financial advisors; for instance, the importance of not taxing individuals’ tax deferred instruments such as permanent life insurance and annuities.” In March 2014, NAIFA members from across Tennessee will participate in “NAIFA Day on the Hill” at the state capitol in Nashville.
Comprised of more than 200 members, Barzizza hopes to grow membership by 20 percent this year. “My goal is to increase membership with new and young advisors, so they are empowered to survive their first years in the business,” says Barzizza. “The education, leadership and resources that NAIFA provides its members is invaluable.”
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.