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SILA is pleased to produce the SILA Spotlight, a great way to recognize and highlight SILA members and organizations who are making significant contributions to the overall success of SILA. SILA Spotlight allows members to meet new regulators and to share an appreciation for contributions being made by members and organizations within the Association.

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Industry Spotlight - Tracy Sloan

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Industry Spotlight - Tracy Sloan

Please welcome SILA’s new President! Many of you may already know Tracy Sloan of Waddell and Reed since she has been a SILA member since 1998 and has been in the industry for 30 years. When asked why she wanted to serve as SILA’s next president, she said that after serving two terms as the Securities Chair and a term as Secretary on the SILA Board, she felt taking the President role would be a great way to continue to support the organization. We couldn’t agree more.

Tracy has managed the Licensing & Registration Team at Waddell & Reed for the past 10 years that includes oversight of registrations, license, and appointments held by their independent financial advisors and employees. In addition, Tracy’s team manages the Broker-Dealer, Investment Advisor, and insurance agencies’ licenses, branches, and registrations. Little did she know that when she took a position opening the mail for this department that it would lead to a career of 30 years.

Tracy grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and is married to her husband (Kevin) for 27 years and they have a son (Mason) age 12. She loves spending time with family and friends, scrapbooking and horseback riding. In fact, one of the items on Tracy’s bucket list is to go horseback riding on the beach. She also volunteers with the local Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Chapter.

The life experience that helped shape Tracy in the person she is today was working alongside her grandfather on the farm. It taught her that you don’t get to play until the work is done, even if that means digging potatoes on your birthday. She lives by the golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated. You don’t know what someone is going through at any moment.

Some goals that Tracy has set for SILA this year is to increase SILA’s social media presence, increase SILA’s membership and to assist members with designations to complete requirements in order to keep their SILA designations. All great goals and ones that offer visibility and growth to the SILA organization while meeting current member needs. We look forward to where Tracy will lead SILA in 2019!

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Regulator Spotlight - Andrea Bourgoin

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Regulator Spotlight - Andrea Bourgoin

SILA is pleased to spotlight Andrea Bourgoin, South Carolina’s Licensing and CE Supervisor. Andrea has been employed with the Department for nearly 12 years and all those years have been spent in the Licensing and CE division. Andrea has been the Supervisor for Licensing and CE for the past three years. Her mother, Nancy Bourgoin, was the Licensing and CE Supervisor many years before Andrea assumed the position (and SILA’s 2003 Regulator of the Year award recipient). Andrea saw firsthand how much her mother cared about her employees and helping individuals with licensing. Andrea never thought that she would end up in the same position as her mother, but she found that she also has the same love of helping people!

Andrea is a Columbia native, born and raised in South Carolina. She enjoys painting and creating different types of art with various mediums…all thanks to Pinterest. On her bucket list of things to do, she hopes to travel to Spain.

As a movie lover, one of Andrea’s favorite movies is Road House. In the movie, Patrick Swayze says, “…I want you to remember that it’s a job. It’s nothing personal”. This is so appropriate in the Licensing area as she handles escalated calls from licensees upset about their licenses being canceled for failure to renew or comply with CE. No matter how angry or frustrated they become and are directing their frustration and anger towards her, she remembers this line from the movie. This allows her to ignore their anger, get to the bigger problem and work to come up with a solution that is fair to them yet remain compliant with statute.

Andrea’s favorite quote that she shared is: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. This is a great life lesson for all of us that we improve only when we discover where mistakes were made, and then work to change the process to avoid them in the future.

And before ending our interview with Andrea, we want to congratulate Andrea for recently obtaining her SILA Fellow Designation. We appreciate Andrea’s commitment to the industry and her support of the SILA community.

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Regulator Spotlight - Chris Herrick

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Regulator Spotlight - Chris Herrick

Meet John “Chris” Herrick. Chris is the Associate Commissioner of the Customer Operations section which incudes Agent and Adjuster Licensing and Complaints Processing at the Texas Insurance Department. Although relatively new to the Customer Operations (3 months) and leading Agent and Adjuster licensing (8 months), he has 25 years of experience in the Financial Services industry – of which 10 years has been in Regulatory and Compliance. Chris is a Certified Financial PlannerTM and currently holds or has held the following designations: Certified Wealth Strategist, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI). If those credentials aren’t enough to substantiate knowledge in his profession, Chris previously held a Life/Health license in all 50 states, a Texas Personal Lines license in addition to FINRA Series 6, 63, and 26.

Chris moved around quite a bit coming from a military family but has settled in Texas for the past 35 years. His biggest influencers were his parents and his faith. Being raised in a military family along with his faith in Jesus has helped illustrate the importance of working hard, helping others and walking with integrity. He spent his teen years in San Antonio, Texas and one of his parents worked for USAA. As a major employer in San Antonio, it seemed to be a great place to work and appealed to Chris. He started in the insurance industry with USAA in 1993 and it’s there that he credits his insurance and financial services foundation.

Chris is married and has a modern day ‘Brady Bunch’ family with 6 kids; all grown now. He also has 3 grandchildren. Raising and watching his kids grow into adults and now watching his grandchildren gives him personal pride. Helping others strive and reach for their potential is what motivates him professionally. Chris’ dream job has always been to find a position that allowed him to help others. He finds this same mission within SILA’s programs.

When asked what quote inspires him, he shares a quote that Steve Jobs said to have told John Scully when trying to get him to work for him during the early days of Apple. “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” This quote resonates with Chris because he can feel Steve Jobs’ passion for what he was doing coming through his words. If we can apply this same level of passion to what we are doing, then we can change the world.

We were fortunate to have met Chris at the 2018 SILA National Education Conference and hope that he’ll again join us at this year’s national conference in San Diego. If you do get to meet Chris, ask him about his ancestors who were part of a significant American Colonial Historical event. Our curiosity is raised, Chris. We want to hear the ‘rest of the story’.

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SILA Board of Directors

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019

SILA Board of Directors

Immediate Past President Jeff Lehman, Nationwide
President Tracy Sloan, Waddell & Reed
President Elect Barb Gavitt, A.D. Banker & Co.
Secretary Tim Owen, Vertafore
Treasurer Donna Robinson, Physicians Mutual
Governance Margie Webber, RegEd
   
Education Cindy Davidson, Exam FX
Communications Diana Ivey, Marsh
Membership Nikki Brown, Asurion
Nominations Paul Willis, AXIS
Regulatory Advisor Lisa Tordjman, Idaho Insurance Dept.
Regulatory Advisor Bill Swanstrom, FINRA
Regulatory Advisor Jeff Baughman, Washington Insurance Dept.
Securities Sherri Coleman, Nationwide
Sponsorship & Fundraising Jason McCartney, PSI
Vendor Relations Paula Sisneros, Pearson VUE
   
Legal Liason Fred Karlinsky, Greenburg Traurig

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Subgroup Plans

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Subgroup Meetings

Mark your calendar for the 1st Quarter Subgroup Meetings

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Volunteer Opportunities

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved in SILA by signing up for one of the SILA Committees and Task Groups earmarked for 2019. You can find out what is available at www.sila.org under the Networking tab (Volunteer Opportunities).

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Save the Date!

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Chart Your Course and join us at the

2019 SILA National Education Conference

Date: September 15-18, 2019

Location: San Diego, California


Early-bird registration will open on April 15, 2019.

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SILA Designations

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Companies know their staff members who hold a designation stand-out. They know these individuals are confident, committed and focused on continually advancing their education resulting in higher quality work, increased productivity and stronger client relationships. That’s why earning a designation takes a lot of hard work, dedication and determination. Working your way through the SILA Designation Program is no exception which is why SILA is pleased to announce our most recent designation recipients (August 2018 – January 2019):.

SILA Associate (SILA-A) Designation Recipients:

  • Emil Aminov, National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR)
  • Lesa Brown, AF Group
  • Jessica Christopherson, State Auto Insurance Companies
  • Alicia Damron, State Auto Insurance Company
  • Dillon Dolejsi, WebCE
  • Dorothy Smoots, CBIZ Insurance Services
  • J. Gyelene Estes, Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company (MO)
  • Vanessa Galarza, XL Caitlin
  • Ellen Ham, Zurich
  • Terry Hembree, National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR)
  • Paula Jones, Asurion Protection Services
  • Vickye Kelly, Asurion Protection Services
  • Kimberly Kramm, LifeSecure Insurance Company
  • Rita Morris, Sagicor Life Insurance Company
  • Laura Petentler, George K. Baum & Company
  • Cortney Seaberg, Lockton Companies
  • Khadijah Simmons, State Farm Insurance Co. ASRTX

SILA Fellow (SILA-F) Designation Recipients:

  • Andrea Bourgoin, South Carolina Department of Insurance
  • Bethany Costello, National Life Group
  • Jay Davis, Vertafore
  • Sandy Garrison, Protective Insurance Corporation
  • Maureen Groome-Lane, Edelman Financial Services
  • Kimberly Kramm, LifeSecure Insurance Company
  • Debra Leadbetter, AD Banker & Company
  • Lesli Leakey, WebCE
  • Kate Miller, Farmers Insurance Exchange (KS)
  • Radha Ramsewak, Sagicor Life Insurance Company
  • Paula Sisneros, Pearson VUE
  • Karin Tejkl, ALLY Financial / Motors Insurance Corporation
  • Jean Trapp, Selective Insurance Company of America

If you’d like to learn more about how you can stand-out by earning your SILA Designation, simply contact us at SILASupport@sila.org.

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SILA Designation Professional Development Program

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Thursday, January 31, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

SILA Designation Professional Development Program

Was your SILA designation issued prior to January 1, 2018? If so, this is a gentle reminder that your first CE reporting period is drawing near.

In January 2018, SILA implemented the SILA Designation Professional Development Program requiring members to maintain their SILA designation by earning 24-hours of SILA CE every two years. For designations issued prior to 2018, CE is due by 12/31/2019. For designations issued on or after 1/1/2018, CE is due two years from the designation issue date.

  • How can I earn SILA CE? There are three categories of activities which can be applied toward your SILA CE requirement because in addition to the credits you can earn for SILA specific activities, non-SILA sponsored industry courses and meetings are also approved for SILA CE. SILA offers the annual National Education Conference, monthly webinars, regular Chapter meetings and a plethora of Subgroups, Committees and Task Groups where your participation will earn you SILA CE.
  • How do I check my SILA CE progress? You can track your professional development at any time using your SILA account. Simply log into your account then visit the PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT section of your profile.
  • How do I report SILA CE? If SILA sponsored the event, no action is required because we will automatically credit your membership account. To report non-SILA sponsored activity, you need to submit a SILA CE form along with proof of completion/attendance. The SILA CE Reporting Form is located on the main SILA website under Professional Development/SILA Designation CE.

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