Feb 02

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.


Dec 11

Webinar: Vacation Rental Insurance

December 14, 3:00pm Eastern
Watch this FREE educational webinar taught by Tony Melillo, Sales Manager at the CBIZ Vacation Rental Program. The Vacation Rental Program specializes in insuring vacation rental homes, but more importantly educating owners on the industry as a whole.
Tony Melillo has 5 years of experience selling insurance for the ever evolving industry of vacation rentals. Part of his job is travelling the country and talking with owners and property managers about carrying the correct type of insurance for their properties. His main focus is homes listed online; websites such as VRBO, HomeAway and Airbnb. Running a vacation rental is a business and Tony has a passion for teaching others on how to protect the risks unique to them.
Watch Webinar Here
Download Powerpoint Here

Dec 11

Webinar: Background Check Industry Trends

November 15, 3:00pm Eastern
In recent years, background screening practices have become one of the most litigated and legislated topics facing employers and businesses. With multifaceted compliance obstacles such as Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act practices, state consumer reporting laws, “Ban-the-Box” legislation, EEOC considerations on criminal history, and use of credit report restrictions, maintaining risk averse practices is more complex than ever.

To help ensure the SILA membership engages in practices that protect themselves and the industry as a whole, and to build off of the trends and data collected in a similar survey in 2016, the SILA SACS Background Investigations Task Group conducted another background investigation survey to anonymously gather data about the background screening practices of Insurance Carriers, Agencies, TPAs, and Broker Dealers. These results were revealed at the 2017 SILA National Education Conference by members of the SACS Background Investigations Task Group, including Greg Kirsch, Executive Vice President, Operations and Compliance of Applicant Insight / NoMoreForms and the Chair of the Task Group. Greg will lead us through the survey responses so that we can use this information for best practices improvements and for general historical trending purposes.

Join us for this informative webinar – it will be enlightening to understand industry processes when it comes to background investigation practices.

Recording available here

Powerpoint here

Our speaker, Gregory Kirsch is the Executive Vice President of Operations and Compliance for Applicant Insight / NoMoreForms, a National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) accredited provider of background screening solutions as well as an industry recognized provider of Occupational Health, Drug Testing, Forms Automation, Compliance, and Agent Onboarding solutions. He is an industry recognized expert in background screening solutions and compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act in the employment and contractor screening context, managing programs and regularly consulting with many of the most visible companies and carriers in the country to develop employment screening solutions that are cost-effective, compliant and address corporate goals and regulatory requirements.

Oct 24

Webinar: Cyber Security and Privacy

What will you do if you become a victim of a cyber attack?
Cyber Security and Privacy Webinar
Thursday, October 26, 3:00pm Eastern
You know you should learn more about how to protect your data! Join us for a FREE educational webinar taught by the highly qualified Greenberg Traurig Law Firm Attorney, Lori Nugent.
Recording available here

Powerpoint here

Lori S. Nugent, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP focuses her practice on cyber security and privacy issues. She has served as lead counsel responding to and defending over 1,000 data breaches, as well ransomware situations and a variety of privacy problems. Lori has defended breached operations of all sizes in a wide variety of market sectors, including retail, health care, financial institutionts, energy and utilities, public entities, hospitality, high tech, and higher education, as well as for a variety of professionals.
Lori also works with a variety of insurers, brokers, and companies to create and enhance insurance solutions to protect companies from the negative financial impact of cyber liabilities, including data breaches. She encourages careful analysis of cyber exposures, and facilitates thoughtful evaluation of insurance coverage and reserving options.

Jul 26

Webinar: Pay-to-Play? FINRA says no way

Pay-to-Play? FINRA says no way
Thursday, August 3, 3:00pm Eastern
Join us for this timely presentation that will provide an overview of FINRA’s new “pay-to-play” and recordkeeping Rules 2030 and 4580 which become effective on August 20, 2017.
Recording available here

Powerpoint here


Travis R. Chapin, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Mr. Chapin represents broker-dealers and their employees in all aspects of business, including litigation and arbitration before state and federal trial courts, regulators and self-regulatory agencies. He handles a wide range of matters, including sales practice disputes, expungement requests, employment matters, promissory note collections, regulatory investigations and contract disputes.

Beth A. Black, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Ms. Black focuses her practice on a variety of financial services industry litigation and regulatory matters, as well as general commercial litigation. She has represented broker-dealers, commercial banks, investment banks, investment management firms, directors and officers, and public issuers and their management and employees in litigation, investigations and disciplinary proceedings initiated by the SEC, FINRA, FDIC, CBOE and state regulators. She has also conducted internal investigations of publicly traded domestic and foreign companies whose operations are in the United States and China. Additionally, she has represented brokerage firms and their management in various customer-initiated cases, employment cases, and injunction and arbitration proceedings.


Jun 07

Webinar: Surplus Lines – Past, Present, Future – Recording available

Surplus Lines: Past, Present, Future
Thursday, June 15, 4:00pm Eastern
Is Surplus Lines Insurance your most perplexing compliance challenge? What have we learned from the past and how does it prepare us for today and tomorrow? Learn about the complex and mystifying world of Surplus Lines Insurance.
Recording available here

Powerpoint here

Our guest speakers are provided by InsCypher, a company with over 15 years’ experience in the insurance industry responding to each state’s laws and regulations governing surplus lines, agent licensing, Risk Purchasing Groups, and more.

May 31

June Education Month

SILA FOUNDATION June Education Month
SILA Foundation is celebrating June Education month, highlighting the beneficial educational on-site conference courses and online designation and certification courses. Watch for announcements and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Find out why you will want to start learning more about your profession!
June 1 Why Take a Pre-Conference Course?
June 8 The Difference Between Designation & Certification Courses
June 15 How to Use Certification Courses as a Training Program
June 22 Adjuster Training for Licensing Administrators
June 29 Show Initiative by Achieving a Certification
Sign up now for relevant and informative online courses!

May 15

Webinar: Pet Insurance – Recording available

Your family includes your pet, your insurance should too!
May 18, 3:00pm Eastern
“(Pet) Owners will likely incur at least one $2,000 – $4,000 bill for emergency care at some point during their pet’s lifetime”, says Dr. Louise Murray, vice-president of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, in New York City”*

Do you need need Pet Insurance for your dog or cat? What does it cover? All pet insurance plans use either a percentage of invoice or a benefit schedule to calculate reimbursement. What about a wellness plan? Attend the Pet Insurance Webinar so that you can make an informed decision about protecting your pet AND your wallet!

* www.moneyunder30.com
Recording available here

Powerpoint here

Kevin Patcheak is the Senior Business Development Executive for Nationwide Pet Insurance and brings 13 years of experience in the industry. Kevin specializes in implementing pet insurance into large employers and membership organizations as an ancillary benefit. Prior to Nationwide, Kevin worked at Fancy Publications on Dog Fancy Magazine, Cat Fancy Magazine and Pet Product News. These years of experience have given him great insight into the pet industry.
Kevin has spoken about Pet Health Insurance at National Leadership Summits, interview for the NY Times and on business radio. He travels over 100,000 miles a year educating organizations on the value of Pet Health Insurance. When Kevin isn’t traveling, he’s home car pooling his 4 kids around town, cooking with his wife of 23 years, or playing fetch with his chocolate lab, Cocoa.



Apr 28

Webinar: Retirement Planning

Are you prepared for retirement?
May 9, 3:00pm Eastern
As many as half of the households with Americans 55 and older have no retirement savings at all. Scott Dougan will be sharing sound retirement income strategies for people in or nearing retirement so they can have confidence that their retirement income will last as long as they do. The webinar will cover the essential elements of retirement planning and what types of investments should be considered in a retirement investment plan.

View the video recording and powerpoint
Scott Dougan founded Global Plains Advisory Group in 2003 in order to fill a niche he felt was not being addressed properly in the retirement planning environment – helping retirees and pre-retirees find answers to issues that may affect the qualify of life during their retirement.
Scott is Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) and holds a Series 65 Investment Adviser Representative license. He also holds insurance licenses in Kansas, Missouri and other states. He is a member of the Better Business Bureau and the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.



Mar 30

March 2017 Disaster Preparedness Tips

Below is a link to a complete list of the Disaster Preparedness tips we shared during the month of March 2017.

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