The Convention Liaison Council (CLC) will create a Hall of Leaders Wall at Chicago's McCormick Place, announced Craig Smith, CLC chair and the president of AVW Audio Visual, Inc. The Chicago Hall of Leaders will be located in the Grand Concourse that connects three McCormick Place buildings-the North and South Halls and what will be the Lakeside Center (now the East Hall).
The original Hall of Leaders will remain at the Washington, DC Convention Center: All past and future inductees will have a plaque in both cities. The newest inductees will be welcomed into the Hall of Leaders at a McCormick Place banquet next July, in conjunction with the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting.
* A Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) task force met early this month to reassess its membership qualification formula, which is now based on sales commission and the number of lives/cases sold. Under the leadership of John Cruikshank, an agent with Northwestern Mutual who took the helm as MDRT president at the annual meeting in June, the association will examine how factors that reflect agent ethics and customer satisfaction-such as persistency, reputation, recruitment, and quality of training-could be introduced into MDRT's criteria.
* Earlier this year, the Life Communicators Association (LCA) board of directors agreed to develop recommendations for an LCA professional designation for insurance company communications officers.
* Agents want meetings: So says a survey of 284 top agents (first-year commissions of $100,000 or more) conducted by Russ Alan Prince of Prince & Associates in Stratford, CT, and published in a recent issue of National Underwriter. Prince asked agents how they prefer to receive their training: A whopping 93 percent said "in-person presentations." Not only that, a priority for most of these top producers (88 percent) is interaction with presenters outside the session.
* Forget the Internet: You need an intranet. And Life.com Inc. can help you create one. The Vero Beach, FLbased company is now beta-testing Elias, Intranet software that allows insurance general agencies, marketing groups, and home offices to share documents and exchange e-mail on a private network. Elias lets users set up document libraries, pull customized data reports (such as commissions earned), and features a module that creates insurance illustrations and can return them to the user as an Excel file, full-color graphic, or table.
* Insurance industry futurist Lawrence G. Brandon, CPCU, has written a new book: Let the Trumpet Resound: The Insurance Industry in the 21st Century discusses the industry's current challenges against the backdrop of changes in the economic, technological, political, and cultural environments. Published by the CPCU Society/Harry J. Loman Foundation, the book is available for $29.95 plus shipping by calling PBD Inc. at (800) 848-0773.
* The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, has launched a Web site: http://www.amercoll.edu. Primarily an information resource for students and insurance professionals, the site also offers an overview of the college and the designations and degrees it awards.