Past NAIFA President Robert Smith to Be Inducted to Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame

July 30th, 2015, No Comments, be the first ».

robsmithPast NAIFA President, Robert O. Smith, JD, CLU, ChFC, LIC, will be inducted into The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. The event will take place during the 21st annual induction ceremony on August 11, 2015, in Lansing.

Smith was nominated to the Hall of Fame for his dedication to the industry and remarkable service qualities.  An estate- and business-planning specialist, he served as President (2012-2013) of NAIFA and President (2006-2007) of NAIFA – Michigan. He was instrumental in safeguarding the financial security of over 75 million American families who rely on life insurance and annuities as a major part of their financial plan.

As a member of the NAIFA Board of Trustees from 2007 through 2014, including service as the 2012-2013 NAIFA President, Smith was an important leader of the insurance agent community during a critical time for the industry. Moreover, his national NAIFA leadership followed his tenure as a member and then Chair of the NAIFA Policy Formation Subcommittee, from 2002 through 2007. This group recommended policy positions on numerous important legislative and regulatory issues to the NAIFA Board of Trustees. Likewise, the agent community has looked to Smith to serve in various leadership roles at his local association, NAIFA-Grand Rapids, and at NAIFA-Michigan, where he served as the 2006-2007 President.

The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame was established at Olivet College in 1994 as a way to pay tribute to individuals who have made a significant impact on the ability of the Michigan insurance and risk management industry to serve the public. An election panel, representing a cross-section of the insurance and risk management business, identifies leaders and/or innovators who have made significant contributions in five areas:  product/service development, education, recruiting new participants, legislative and regulatory activity, and exemplary service.

To nominate an insurance industry leader to the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame or if you need additional information, please visit or contact Carol Breed, administrator at Olivet College, at 269-749-7626.

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Partners Advantage Appoints Charlie Gipple SVP of Sales and Marketing

July 10th, 2015, Comments Off on Partners Advantage Appoints Charlie Gipple SVP of Sales and Marketing.

gipplePartners Advantage Insurance Services, LLC, has appointed Charlie Gipple Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his new position, Gipple will manage all sales, marketing, recruiting, agent training and sales support activities across all company segments, which include the Platinum, Premier and Advantage divisions. Partners Advantage is a NAIFA IA Partner and a national marketing organization serving the life, annuity and linked-benefit needs of agencies throughout the country.

“Our SVP’s key role is to ensure our sales and marketing are laser-focused on achieving our aggressive growth targets and ensure our robust resources are maximized by the agencies we serve,” stated Partners Advantage President James Wong.” Charlie has an established track record of adding unique value to agencies and their agents; we are excited to have him continue these efforts with Partners Advantage.”

Most recently, Gipple served as the national director of index products at Genworth. Prior to joining Genworth, he was a vice president at ING for 11 years, leading a number of diverse product lines and distribution channels. He has worked in client sales, account management and product development, as well as the wholesaling of life insurance, annuity and mutual fund products. He has extensive experience working with Independent Marketing Organizations (IMOs), Brokerage General Agencies (BGAs), broker dealers and banks.

In addition to his leadership experience, Gipple is well recognized in the annuity and life insurance industry as a speaker and has extensive experience with index products, financial markets, financial legislation, behavioral finance and the positioning of insurance products. His articles have been featured in numerous industry publications and he has appeared on and AM Best TV.

For more information, contact Partners Advantage at 888-251-5525 or visit

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