Apply to be a Board Member

Do you know someone who would make a great Officer or Committee Chair for the SILA Foundation? Maybe YOU would be interested in becoming part of the Foundation leadership team. If so, please take a few minutes to fill out the SILA Foundation Nomination Form.

The SILA Foundation Board Nominating Committee is accepting nominations through August 10 for the following Board positions. Terms will run January 2019 – December 2020 (2 years).

  • Treasurer
  • Compliance Trustee
  • Development Trustee

Serving as an Officer or Committee Chair in the SILA Foundation is a rewarding and worthwhile way to enhance your career, build your resume, and give back to your profession. To learn more, check out the position descriptions and applications here.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Committee Chair Cindy Davidson at

The final slate of nominees will be voted on by the SILA Foundation Board, in accordance with the Foundation Bylaws, and those elected will be announced at the SILA Annual Conference.

Webinar: SCAM ALERT – Current Trends in Financial Exploitation

Current Trends in Financial Exploitation
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 3:00pm Eastern
Join us for a FREE educational webinar presented by Daniel Herb and Josh Maddox. This presentation will discuss current trends in use by the average fraudster and will also dive into the new technologies that are currently being utilized by sophisticated fraudsters. The focus will be on financial exploitation/scams but the tactics discussed could potentially be used in other business sectors as well.
Daniel Herb has been working with Nationwide Financial since 2014 in various roles starting in the Public Sector Retirement Plans Contact Center. His current role is a Regulatory Support Operations, Senior Analyst with a primary focus on fraud prevention and detection. He attended Kent State University and Franklin University in his pursuit of a BS Business Administration.
Daniel served 6 years in the United States Army National Guard with the 1486th Transportation unit out of Mansfield, OH. Daniel has worked in the fraud prevention industry for over 6 years. He currently holds a Series 6 license, has completed the Associate, Secure, Retirement Institute (ASRI) designation and is making strides towards the Fellow, Secure Retirement Institute (FSRI) designation and the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) designation.
Josh Maddox has been an Associate at Nationwide for almost 5 years and is a 3rd generation Nationwider. He started in the Public Sector Retirement Plans contact center where he gained knowledge around the financial industry and various retirement accounts associated with those employed by government entities. In 2016, he obtained a position on the Regulatory Support Operations team where he focused half his time on audits and half investigating fraud, his primary focus now is fraud detection, investigation, and prevention.
Josh graduated from Bowling Green State University where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with focuses in Philosophy, Sociology, History, and Political Science. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at 15, holds a Series 6 license, and is currently working to obtain the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) designation. Outside of work, Josh is a local Columbus Commissioner and can usually be found renovating his home, attending a car show, or playing with his 1 year old Golden Retriever.


Webinar: Compliance Review

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Webinar: Drones and Autonomous Vehicles

Drones and Autonomous Vehicles 

Thursday, May 24, 4:00pm Eastern
Join us for a FREE educational webinar about Drones and Autonomous Vehicles taught by Linda McHenry.

Transportation Network Companies (Like Uber & Lyft)

  • Who is covered – Who is not
  • Driver Liability Exposure
  • Passenger Risk & TNC Financial Liability Limits


Drones & Driverless Cars

  • FAA Regulations: Personal vs Commercial Use
  • Privacy Issues & Insurance Concerns
  • Autonomous Vehicle Issues in the News

State Regulations: Now and Tomorrow

Watch recorded webinar here.

View powerpoint here.


A popular classroom and webinar instructor, Linda McHenry currently spends the majority of her time in the insurance industry as a CE course developer, writer, and SME. She began her career in the 1970s and spent many years working at several insurance agencies, two of which she founded – an independent agency in Massachusetts and a captive agency in Montana.
Linda maintains her producer licenses with lines of authority in P&C and LAH in several states. She is also an approved CE provider in multiples states. In the past, Linda has held Series 6 & 63 registrations, a P&C consultant’s license, and the National Allicance’s CIC designation (1997-2011). She can be found online at

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Webinar: Personal Umbrella Coverage

Personal Umbrella Coverage

From a Consumer Perspective 

Thursday, April 19, 2:00pm Eastern
Listen to a FREE educational webinar taught by Director of Operations for Insurance Career Training, Inc., Eric Martlage.

Umbrella insurance is an “undersold” policy in today’s insurance market. This webinar covers the problem of living in a litigious society. Outline how the Umbrella Policy can be of benefit, how it works, and how it coordinates with other personal liability policies. Cover the key concepts and terms involved, and how the policy differs from other liability policies.

View the webinar here

View the powerpoint here.

Eric Martlage, Director of Operations for Insurance Career Training, Inc. is an Indiana native and graduate of Ball State University with a bachelors degree in Telecommunications and Sales. Eric serves as an administrative leader for ICT and also serves as an instructor for live classroom an webinar classes. Prior to joining ICT, Eric was an insurance agent for both Liberty Mutual and Farm Bureau Insurance.

Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

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SILA Foundation Annual Report – 2017

2017 was a successful and meaningful year full of accomplishments which propels the organization with outstanding momentum for next year and years to come.

Read our Annual Report for 2017 here.

Webinar: FINRA Speaks

FINRA Speaks: Qualification Exam Program Updates
Thursday, March 22, 3:00pm Eastern
Listen to a FREE educational webinar taught by Senior Director of Testing and Continuing Education for FINRA, Joseph McDonald, Jr.

Senior management from FINRA’s Registration and Disclosure Department will provide updates to FINRA’s qualification exam program, including the October 1 implementation of the new Securities Industry Essentials Examination and revised representative level exams, as well as new opportunities for firms to consider in onboarding potential registrants.

Listen to the recorded webinar

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  Joe McDonald, Senior Director of Testing and Continuing Education for FINRA, manages the FINRA qualification and examination waivers programs. Joe has been with FINRA for 20 years. Before joining FINRA, Joe worked as counsel in the Office of Compliance and Inspections and the Division of Market Regulation at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Joe received a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from the American University’s Washington College of Law.


Webinar: Financial Literacy


Financial Literacy Webinar
10 Basics for Getting Your Retirement Plan Up & Running
Originally presented on Thursday, March 8, 3:00pm Eastern
Watch this FREE educational webinar taught by Susan Boles. Everyone wants to live the good life in retirement. That’s why we work and save, right? This webinar will cover some of the basic things everyone should know about when it comes to putting together a plan for your golden years.

This webinar is not a comprehensive list, and is not advice. A good financial planner can assist you with a plan that meets your individual needs.


Susan Boles currently serves as a Senior Regulatory Compliance Analyst, Regulatory Affairs focusing on BD/IA issues with RegEd. RedEd is a leading provider of licensing and registration technology and outsourcing, broker-dealer compliance management solutions and training and continuing education for financial professionals. She previously served as a Director of Corporate Licensing with Sedgwick, Vice President and Licensing Manager at First Tennessee Brokerage, Inc. and Direction of Operations and Compliance Specialist at Northwestern Mutual.

Susan is a member of SILA, holding the SILA-F Designation and currently serves as a steering committee member on SILA’s Adjuster Licensing Subgroup.

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This webinar is approved for both SILA Designation and Professional Development CE credit. To receive credit you must register and attend the live webinar in entirety.

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Webinar: The Legislative and Regulatory Landscape of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly


The Legislative and Regulatory Landscape of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
Originally presented on Thursday, January 25, 3:00pm Eastern
Watch this FREE educational webinar taught by Lilah Blackstone. This webinar will provide an overview of issues surrounding Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, and will provide and update of the related legislative and regulatory initiative. Topics will include:

  • Different ways jurisdictions define Elder Financial Exploitation
  • How often financial crimes occur against the elderly
  • Legislative initiatives jurisdictions have undertaken
  • Reporting requirements associated with financial exploitation laws
  • Issues financial professionals might face in the future

  Lilah Blackstone has extensive experience in all aspects of state law and compliance, and is an advocate for victims of financial fraud. She is a SILA member and a securities regulator in the District of Columbia. She gave a presentation entitled “The Legislative and Regulatory Landscape of Vulnerable Adults and the Elderly” at the 2017 SILA National Conference.

 Watch Webinar Here

Download Powerpoint here

During the webinar Lilah referred to a mandatory reporting requirements chart, please follow this link to access.

This webinar is approved for both SILA Designation and Professional Development CE credit. To receive credit you must register and attend the live webinar in entirety.


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