NAILBA 38 Keynote Speakers Announced

Fairfax, VA, July 16, 2019: The National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies, (NAILBA), announced Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback, Jim Kelly, along with former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and White House Chief of Staff, General John Kelly, will be the opening keynote speakers for the two-day  2019 NAILBA Annual Meeting (NAILBA 38) being held November 7-9, 2019, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center near Dallas, Texas. 

Kickoff on November 7

Jim KellyNAILBA 38 will officially kick off on Thursday, November 7th at 3:00 PM with an opening keynote by NFL Quarterback and cancer survivor, Jim Kelly. “Kelly exemplifies what toughness is all about and the importance of the products sold by NAILBA member agencies” explained NAILBA CEO, Dan LaBert.  

“From a young boy in the small town of East Brady, PA to his days as a star quarterback in the National Football League, to the tragic loss of his son, Hunter, to his personal battle with cancer, Jim has shown courage to overcome every obstacle he has faced. He plans to share his story, as well as discuss the importance of family support and security in this opening session that is being made possible by the support of Prudential Financial,” continued LaBert.

Leading through Transitional Challenges

General John KellyGeneral John Kelly will launch day two of the annual conference. As a 45-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and having led the U.S. Southern Command, as well as having served as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and most recently, the White House Chief of Staff to President Trump, Kelly's presentation will focus on leadership through transition and other modern day challenges. “We are excited to have General Kelly be a part of NAILBA 38 and share his leadership insight through the sponsorship support of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company,” commented NAILBA Chair Elect Chad Milner.

"Our goal for NAILBA 38 has been to identify and secure new voices who have not been heard at other conferences, and help our members belong, connect and grow through NAILBA. We want to create an attendee experience, not just a transaction. NAILBA is the premier association in the life insurance space. Our Annual Meeting is attended by industry leadership at the highest levels. This is a must-attend event" explained Milner.

Economic Forecast

“Significant time has been spent by members of the NAILBA Staff and Board of Directors reviewing member feedback while also balancing the interests of attendees from previous years," stated NAILBA Chair Myra Palmer.

Bob BaurTo that end, NAILBA 38 attendees will hear from chief global economist for Principal Global Investors, Dr. Bob Baur, on economic factors from 2019, the potential forecasts for 2020, and what issues are expected to sustain a bear (or bull) market. “Directing global economic policy and strategy at the Principal Financial Group, Bob provides a unique insight as he is constantly taking the market pulse – overseeing and conducting macroeconomic and quantitative research, along with forecasting economic trends and anticipating market movements, in order to advise the investment staff on making economically sound investment decisions,” added Palmer. “We are grateful that his session is being made possible by the support of the Principal Financial Group.”

Technology Playing Major Role

Larry Berran, iPipelineGiven the importance technology is playing in the insurance marketplace, NAILBA has secured  iPipeline CEO, Larry Berran, to speak on the second day of the conference. “Looking at where we are, and where we are going, as well as how technology will shape independent distribution will be a must-attend presentation,” exclaimed NAILBA Treasurer Jason Lea.

Additional presentations will include a Carrier CEO Panel moderated by NAILBA 2020 Chair-Elect Chad Milner, as well as a Long Term Care panel discussion on growth opportunities for BGAs (sponsored by OneAmerica), along with a featured keynote presentation (sponsored by John Hancock), and the sharing of a NAILBA-led report on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for brokerage general agencies.

Dr. Jennifer GolbeckAnother exciting addition is Jennifer Golbeck, PhD (sponsored by John Hancock). Dr. Golbeck is the Director of the Social Intelligence Lab at the University of Maryland. She will examine how scientists and companies are leveraging big social data to develop new insights into customers and what they want. Attendees will learn how to recognize disruptive AI, assess its potential, and prepare for a data- and algorithm-driven future!


Networking and Recognition

“NAILBA 38 will not only feature a full agenda of presentations that are simply unrivaled in the market, but also continue in tradition with a robust exhibit hall and networking programs,” shared LaBert.

Day one will close with a welcome reception sponsored by Nationwide Financial for all attendees and featuring approximately 100 partner exhibit booths with products and services supporting brokerage agencies. Day two (Friday, November 8th) will feature a full agenda of presentations and conclude with the Douglas Mooers Award for Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation. 

Kevin PollakThe Douglas Mooers Award for Excellence is the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies’ most coveted and prestigious award. This annual award honors excellence in brokerage and is bestowed upon the individual most committed to furthering brokerage and independent life brokerage as a distribution system. In addition to the award presentation and state of the union from incoming NAILBA Chair, attendees will be entertained by award-winning actor Kevin Pollak, thanks to the sponsorship of Pacific Life.  

Pollak has established himself as both a comedic and dramatic actor, having appeared in over thirty films in the past decade. His ability to portray a wide range of characters has made him one of the first stand-up comedians to have a successful dramatic film career, playing an attorney alongside Tom Cruise in A Few good Men, as well as the lovable son of Jack Lemmon in the Grumpy Old Men film series. 

As the 38th year of NAILBA’s annual conference nears, additional announcements are expected with the confirmation of other speakers and presentations to further support the over 800 expected attendees.

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