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Mark Acre is YAT Team Leader of the Year

July 11th, 2014, 2 Comments ».

NAIFA – Springfield Member is the Fifth Recipient of the Award

Mark Acre Headshot

Mark Acre

NAIFA has named Mark Acre the 2014 Young Advisors Team Leader of the Year. Acre, 33, is president of the Nixa, Mo.-based OneSource Insurance Group, a company he launched in 2007.

“NAIFA-Springfield has benefited from Mark’s leadership and service since he joined the NAIFA-Springfield Board of Directors five years ago and then served as president in 2012-2013. He has taken the association to a new level with his dedication and passion for NAIFA and the industry,” said NAIFA President John F. Nichols. “Mark’s leadership is an inspiration to us all.”

While president of NAIFA-Springfield, the association was awarded the Platinum Bobo Award, an award which had not been won by the local since 2006. In addition to president, Acre served as chair of the YAT committee as well as chair of government relations, membership and APIC. He is the incoming secretary treasurer.

The YAT Leader of the Year Award, developed in 2010, recognizes an advisor’s commitment to NAIFA, including service on local, state and national committees and participation in the Leadership in Life Institute (LILI); involvement with state or federal legislative efforts; participation in external service work such as charities; and an ability to inspire others.

“Mark’s professionalism and zeal for service to his customers are outstanding,” said fellow NAIFA member S. Ann Pugh, CFP, of ING Financial Partners in Clinton, Mo. “Mark is dedicated to a working relationship with members of Congress on both a state and national level. He was a tremendous asset during the recent Fly-in to our nation’s capital.”

In addition to his service to NAIFA, Acre is active in his community as a board member for the Rotary Club and the Junior Achievement programs in Springfield. He also is involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Special Olympics and Care to Learn.

As the YAT Leader of the Year, Acre will be recognized during the 2014 NAIFA Career Conference and Annual Meeting in San Diego in September.

For more information on NAIFA’s Young Advisors Team (YAT), visit



5 Things Every Young Advisor Should Know

March 5th, 2014, Comments Off on 5 Things Every Young Advisor Should Know.

#1 Join NAIFA!

NAIFA has been a lifeline to my success in the industry and has opened doors that would have never been possible! It’s given me a deeper appreciation and understanding of the work we do for our clients and how our work impacts their lives every day.

#2 Ask For Referrals and Introductions From Day One

Make it a habit and practice, practice, practice.

#3 Join LinkedIn

Join LinkedIn and use it! It is important to get involved and build relationships. (Click here to join NAIFA’s YAT group.)

#4 Always Have Something In Your Pipeline

Even in periods of total chaos and success, don’t forget to continue to prospect and meet new people.

#5 Connect!

Connect with as many successful agents as you can and learn from them. NAIFA is perfect for this! I have personally connected with numerous YATs and veteran agents from across the country and can contact them if I have questions about a case, the industry, product knowledge, etc. We are all facing many of the same struggles and it’s nice to hear from others in the same position as to how they have overcome them. NAIFA  is a fantastic opportunity, especially for new agents!


By Ashley Corbally

Ashley Corbally and Carla Fleury (right), who recruited Ashley into the insurance business. This picture was taken her first year as a YAT.

Ashley Corbally and Carla Fleury (right), who recruited Ashley into the insurance business. This picture was taken her first year as a YAT.

Member Spotlight: Ashley Corbally

Financial Representative
Northern Rockies Financial Group
YAT Chair, NAIFA-Montana
NAIFA Member since 2008

“I joined the insurance business in 2007. I knew I wanted to own my own business and when I was recruited by Aflac, I made the leap and never looked back.

Ever since joining NAIFA I have been an active and dedicated member. I started out on the board as the membership chair. “It’ll be easy,” they said. Although challenging I found the opportunity extremely rewarding.

I have been with NAIFA for over five years now and have risen through my local chairs and serve as Montana’s State YAT Chair. My business evolved over time and in the fall of 2012, I became a Financial Representative with Guardian. I now have an amazing group of professionals I get to work with every day.”

Learn more about NAIFA’s Young Advisor Team (YAT) at


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