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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 - Beth McCullough

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Industry Spotlight - Beth McCullough

Meet Beth McCullough, Sr. Manager, Regulatory Compliance at Asurion. Beth manages the Licensing Department in Leawood, KS and Nashville, TN. She has oversight with licensing Agencies, Producers, Adjusters, Portable Electronic Insurance, Warranty Registrations, Secretary of State and Business Licenses and has been in her current position since 2014 but reports that she’s been in the insurance industry practically all her life (sometimes it feels that way).

Beth has been a SILA member since 1998 and has been very active in the organization, including a term as President. Beth admits that she is not someone who likes the limelight but while attending her first SILA Conference, Tamara Dietrich (SILA member) got Beth excited about starting up a Chapter, so she did (the Heartland Chapter). Then Margie Webber (another SILA member and former SILA President) suggested that Beth join the Board of Directors, so she did. These positions forced her to speak in front of people as well as collaborate with people throughout the industry. These ‘uncomfortable’ activities were extremely valuable in moving Beth forward in her career. From there, Beth’s involvement continued to grow, and she learned so much. Beth, in looking back, is very grateful that those two gave her the push and supported her.

Beth’s company, Asurion, sees great value in SILA and supported Beth’s involvement. In fact, they have become strong financial supporters to SILA and the SILA Foundation because of Beth’s and her staff’s involvement . One of Beth’s proud accomplishments is her staff. Every member of her team has earned a SILA Associate or SILA Fellow designation. This is an outstanding accomplishment!

On a personal level. Beth grew up in Edwardsville, Kansas (a small town outside of Kansas City, Kansas). Beth has been married to her husband, Merle, for 31 years, and they have 3 children (1 son, 2 daughters), 3 grandchildren (2 boys, 1 girl). Her mom and her children all live within 5 miles of her. They all enjoy boating at the Lake of the Ozarks. In fact, one of the things on Beth’s bucket list is to buy a trawler and cruise around the Florida Keys.

When asked to name one thing most people may not know about her, Beth said that she coached recreational and competitive cheerleading squads for 11 years. She started with a 2nd grade squad of 5 girls and ended with a High School Squad of 30.

And to you, SILA members, Beth says to get involved! Join SILA sub-groups, Chapters and volunteer. You won’t believe how many friends you can make and how much information you can gain.

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Introducing Regulator - Lorelei Brillante

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Regulator Spotlight - Lorelei Brillante

SILA is pleased to introduce a newer regulator to its membership, Lorelei Brillante from the great state of Maryland. Lorelei is the Producer Licensing Customer Service Supervisor and Education Analyst with the Maryland Insurance Department. She joined SILA in June, 2018 and immediately became involved in Task Groups and Subgroups in addition to attending last year’s SILA conference. Lorelei states that she enjoys the community of professionals, from different areas of the industry and different levels of experience who are committed to find practical solutions to common issues.

Lorelei was born in the Philippines, in Quezon City, the capital. She spent summers at her grandparents, in a very small rural town where everyone knew everyone. Wood burning stoves were still in use and water had to be hand pumped and brought in the house. The ocean was three blocks away so seafood was AMAZING! After Martial Law was declared, her family immigrated to California. She became a bona fide Valley Girl (you have to be of a certain age to know what she is talking about).

Her great grandmothers and grandparents were Lorelei’s greatest influences. They lived through WWII in the Philippines where they lost so much, not only in terms of property but of loved ones. Still their humanity and grace were evident in their daily lives through and after the war. It was inspiring to hear unsolicited stories from people they helped during that time and continued to help even after the war. Her parents took her to symphonies and theater and her aunts and uncles exposed her to the Beatles and Harley Davidson. These things of opposites interwoven with people and things she loved seems to be a theme in her life. It helped to keep her grounded while allowing her to explore and enjoy the next adventure.

Lorelei is most proud of her children. She has four, all of whom have graduated from college and are well on their way in their chosen careers. She is a first-time grandmother so spending time with her granddaughter is in a unique category of enjoyment. Other activities include reading, cooking/eating, Yoga and recently Tai Chi.

When asked what led Lorelei to enter the insurance or securities regulatory industry, she replies that she always said that insurance was in her genes belonging to the third generation of insurance professionals. Her grandfather and both parents retired in insurance. Her younger brother is a producer. Two of her daughters had brief stints in insurance as well.

Where she “strayed” is going to the regulatory side of the equation (said with a smile). She has been a regulator for nearly three years. Before then, she was in the Insurance Operations side for more than two decades. In her twenties, she started as a temp in Data Entry ad eventually became a New Business Trainer. She left the work force to raise her family. When she returned to insurance, she managed a Licensing and Compliance Team for an MGA in California.

How did she leave California for Maryland? She visited her daughter who was doing her residency in Maryland. The “visit” was longer than expected and she joined the Insurance Administration. Her daughter moved on to Chicago but Lorelei stayed in Baltimore.

The advice she wants to share with SILA members is to keep on learning and to be open to share your learning. Learn about the industry and share this with your community. Learn about your firm/state and share this with your clients/customers. Learn about your customers/clients and share this with colleagues. As you go on learning and sharing, you may find you learn more about yourself too. Earning the SILA designations is a great place to start.

In closing, Lorelei shares one thing from her bucket list. She wants to watch the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. If any of the SILA members live in the path of the eclipse, the Path of Totality, she is inviting herself over. Don’t worry, she’ll bring the wine!

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Regulator Spotlight - Karen Vourvopoulos

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Regulator Spotlight - Karen Vourvopoulos

Karen Vourvopoulos is the License Division Chief of the Ohio Department of Insurance and a long-time member and friend of SILA. Karen was born in Columbus, Ohio but grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area. Karen began her career somewhat by accident. After college, someone suggested she look into insurance. The industry intrigued her so she became a licensed insurance agent. A short time later, she learned about a job opening at the Ohio Department of Insurance that interested her. She honestly did not plan to work for the state more than a few years, but enjoyed what she did and never left.

Karen has been married to her husband, Terry for 31 years. She has two sons, Michael and Nicholas. Michael works for Amazon. Michael and his wife, Elena currently live in Chicago while she completes Optometry school. Nicholas works for Midstate Tools and lives in Columbus Ohio.

Karen enjoys sailing, traveling and spending time with family and friends. A safari adventure is on her bucket list of things to do. One of her joys is volunteering. Assisting her community and giving back is the right thing to do and it makes her feel gratified that she is doing something that helps others. In fact, her dream job is one that has a positive impact on others.

Something you may not know about Karen is that she is an identical twin. She said that her poor mother and father did not know they were having more than one baby until after they were born.

When asked about the best advice she received, she said it was never to ask someone to do something you would not do yourself. She tries not to ask someone to do something for her that she is physically and/or mentally capable of doing herself.

Karen wanted to share with SILA members to take advantage of the opportunities SILA offers and when needed, reach out to fellow SILA members for assistance. Like her, get involved with SILA’s subgroups, conferences, website, etc. SILA offers the ability to connect with so many different people in the insurance industry. SILA’s “Latest News” offers regulators a convenient means to communicate regulator updates. SILA’s structure facilitates open communication among its members to discuss industry issues. For ways to get involved with SILA, contact silasupport@sila.org.

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Apply to be a part of the SILA Board of Directors

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Apply to be a part of the SILA Board of Directors

The SILA Nominations Committee is accepting Board of Directors applications through August 15th for the following Board positions. Most terms will run from January 2020 to December 2021.

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Regulatory Advisor (Insurance)
  • Securities

To learn more about all of the positions up for election this year, please check out the position descriptions and board application form on the SILA website under Membership. If you have questions, feel free to contact SILA Support at silasupport@sila.org.

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SILA Designation Continuing Education

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SILA Designation Professional Development Program

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 SILA designations issued prior to 2018, CE is due by 12/31/2019.
  • For SILA 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 credit.

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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Still time to Register

Posted By Mary Kay Krambeer, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

There’s still time to register…… Hurry!


Register Today
 

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SILA Designation Recognition

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Do you want to stand-out? Do you want to appear more confident? Do you want to show your company that you are committed and in this for the long-term? Then you must continually work on advancing your education as it has proven to lead to the production of higher quality work, increased productivity and stronger client confidence. SILA designation holders know they stand apart from their co-workers because they have proven they are willing to work hard and they are focused, dedicated and driven. I know you know how proud we are to recognize our designation recipients; but, can you imagine how your company would feel if your name was listed below too? It’s easy to get started, simply reach out to us at SILASupport@sila.org..

SILA Associate and SILA Fellow Designation recipients since the last edition of the SILA Spotlight (February 2019 – July 2019):

SILA Associate (SILA-A) Designation Recipients:

  • Andrea Ball, ProSight Brokerage
  • Lisa Black, NFP Corporation
  • Andy Buquet
  • Beverly D’Onofrio, Segal Company
  • Kristin Doyle, AF Group
  • Clay Grant, Lockton Companies
  • Camille Knight, Philadelphia Insurance Companies
  • Janice Myers, Glatfelter Insurance Group
  • Brian Niemiec, Vertafore
  • Karen Parl, Asurion Protection Services
  • Lisa Propes, Swiss Re
  • Ericka Richardson, Sedgwick Claims Management Services
  • Jeannette Sanders, American Equity Underwriters
  • Emma Sanjurjo, Insureon
  • Kevin Schemm, Asurion Protection Services
  • Heidi Schwarzenbart, American Family Mutual Insurance Company
  • Teresa Smith, Glatfelter Insurance Group
  • Lesley Jill Wrenne, Asurion Protection Services

SILA Fellow (SILA-F) Designation Recipients:

  • Jenna Colebank, Allianz Life Insurance Company
  • Vicki Johnston, USABLE Life
  • Marlene Marten, RCIS
  • Carole Petrovics, Eberl Claims Services
  • Chris Reetz, Allstate Insurance Company

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