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Truly, I don’t think that I will ever be able to repay the value that I have personally obtained through my membership in NAHU.
I learned very early in my professional career that if you are working ethically and professionally your friends will become your clients and your clients will become your friend.
In 1994 when I was working for BCBSM my initial interest in joining WMAHU was purely to network with and get exposure to the local agent community. I quickly learned to there was so much more that could be obtained through NAHU.
I have traveled the country and actually internationally with my direct competition (now my friends). My family has been invited to the homes of other agents and different carrier representatives (now my friends).
To be honest, I have knocked off more than a couple of beers with my NAHU friends. We have dove off boats in the ocean, played volleyball on the California beach and we have stood our ground very proudly at the Capital Conference.
When we have common interests and a passion for our careers and our industry it is easy to take those relationships to an entirely different level.
This is just an example of the personal networking that I take a lot of pride in.
The professional networking that has been gained has been exponential.
Each of us has access to a nationwide network of NAHU agents. I have personally called upon agents from Colorado to Pennsylvania and as far south as Florida. Each time that I have reached out to another NAHU member they have taken the time to answer all of my questions, educate me on their local market and every time proven themselves to have been an incredible resource.
This has helped me in solidifying my relationship with my local clients (now my friends) when that client has out of state business locations or out of state family members.
I can go on about business development, political advocacy, compliance issues, educational resources and many other values of my NAHU membership but we will hold that for next month’s newsletter.
Charley Schlosser, MAHU Membership Retention Chairperson