September is life insurance awareness month – how are you honoring it this year?
September is life insurance awareness month – how are you honoring it this year?
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It feels like our last episode of #PuttingWithPepe just happened, but we're back already with the next one. If that doesn't sum up what the passage of time feels like in 2020, we don't know what does.
In any case, we're happy for you all to meet Joyce Khouri, our incredible bookkeeper and office manager! She is one of the most fun (and funny) people to talk to, and we don't know what we would do without her.
Get to know Joyce in the video below! You may also notice we've changed the look and feel of our #PuttingWIthPepe videos - we'd love your feedback on these enhancements.
In the webcast video below, our Customer Success Manager, Max Posner, interviews our customer, Brittany Massaro, Brokerage Manager at Coastal Insurance Consulting. They discuss her background in the life insurance industry, emerging trends, and how she and her team have leveraged Proformex for a better, more consistent policy review experience. Check it out below!
Here we go again! Episode 13 of #PuttingWIthPepe is here!
In this episode, you'll meet our Director of Talent Acquisition, Royce Vanderbilt. He has been instrumental in helping us develop our company's culture, and we appreciate all the work he does to help us build out our teams.
And if you know Royce, you know he has a pretty cool scuba diving story. If you don't know Royce, you should definitely ask him about it.
In the webcast video below, our Founder and President Mike Pepe chats with Will Cassidy, President of Cassidy & Company, LLC. Will participates in a Lion Street study group and he shared some great insights with that study group earlier this year. Hear Will share those insights about inforce policy management and insurtech again in the video clip below!
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Episode 12 of #PuttingWithPepe is here! In this episode, you'll meet Kyle Holdsworth, another one of our Account Executives. Kyle was on track to run the Cleveland Marathon this year, but COVID-19 had other plans. So Kyle and some other runner friends teamed up to create a virtual half marathon, Dash for Donations, where all proceeds raised went directly to the Cleveland Clinic cancer research fund. In total, $10,000 was raised in less than a month's time - way to go, Kyle!
Though the virtual race is over, the website remains open for more donations: give.ccf.org/dashfordonations.
Larkins & Larkins, LLC. - a specialty life insurance brokerage - leverages Proformex to provide their high net worth clients with an invaluable asset: peace of mind.
In the case study below, we explore how Bob and Anne Larkins used Proformex to enhance their relationship with their existing client and gain entrée into the next generation of the insured's family. Check it out!
Two industry-leading solutions collaborate to help life insurance producers work more efficiently and effectively in a rapidly changing environment
In the second installment of our new Whiteboard Wednesdays series, our resident life insurance expert Kevin Kelley talks us through how COVID-19 might be impacting death benefits claims. Of course, it's always best to consult directly with your life insurance agent for any questions about your specific policy, but hopefully Kevin's words of wisdom can help put you at ease in this uncertain, uncomfortable time. Check it out below!
COVID-19 has changed so much in so little time, but the Reg BI compliance date of June 30, 2020 remains the same.
Can you believe we've made it to episode 11 of our fan-favorite #PuttingWIthPepe series?! In this episode, you'll meet Alexa VanMaaren, Account Executive. Alexa is a NY transplant who brightens up our office with her friendly, positive attitude and infectious smile. Learn more about her in the video below!
In the webcast video below, our Founder Mike Pepe chats with Ken Leibow - Founder, Chairman, & CEO of InsurTech Express - about how COVID-19 is impacting the life insurance industry, the challenges and opportunities he sees for producers, and why inforce policy management is more important now than ever before. Hear their insights in the video below!
In the webcast video below, our Customer Success Manager, Max Posner, interviews Izzy Brettler, Vice President of Arbor Group. The two of them discuss Izzy's background in the life insurance industry and the ways in which our industry needs to adapt during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Hear their thoughts below!
In the webcast video below, our Founder and President Mike Pepe chats with Cathy Neifeld, Partner and General Counsel at AgencyONE. They cover everything from how AgencyONE evolved into the business it is today, the current state of the life insurance industry, and why inforce policy management is important. Watch below to learn more about Cathy!
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We are so happy to introduce our newest vlog series, Whiteboard Wednesdays with Kevin Kelley! Kevin is our Sr. Life Insurance Specialist, and we thought sharing his insights regarding the current state of the life insurance industry amidst the COVID-19 crisis would be helpful to our industry peers. In this first installment, Kevin reviews why policy monitoring is so important and what you can do to manage it more efficiently and effectively. Check it out below!
Our fourth and final aspiration to be helpful to our clients in these unprecedented times is perhaps the most important. Discover why in the post below:
In the webcast video below, our Customer Success Manager Max Posner chats with Randy Hester - Managing Member of Universal Insurance Group, LLC - about his background in life insurance, the impact of COVID-19 on our industry, and the ways in which he leverages our platform to deliver the best possible outcomes to his clients. This is an interview you don't want to miss; watch below!
The third aspiration we have as an organization to be of utmost service to our clients in these challenging times is by accelerating speed and access to information, especially when time is of the essence. Read more below:
Another aim we have as an organization to help you tread water as the situation at hand continues to unfold is by simplifying complexity. See what we mean by reading below:
Proformex uses a combination of powerful technology, expansive industry partnerships, and robust data and analytics to transform life insurance distribution as we know it. Learn more in the video below!
Proformex Founder Mike Pepe interviews Dustin Johnson, EVP of Marketing &Chief of Staff at One Resource Group, chat about the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the life insurance industry as a whole. They both had some great insights to share, so give it a listen below!
Randy Hester - Managing Member of Universal Insurance Group, LLC - received a new client whose policy was previously orphaned. In his initial investigations into the client's policy performance, he noticed a few red flags. Read on in the case study below to see how Randy then leveraged a policy review from Proformex to identify product alternatives and ultimately take the corrective actions needed to get the policyholder back on track per his unique financial goals and objectives.
As mentioned in Tuesday’s blog post, we wanted to share more detail around four aspirations we have as an organization to be helpful to our customers and their clients in this unprecedented time. The first way in which we are aspiring to help is by ensuring certainty and comfort.
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With all the chaos, uncertainty, and stress of the world around us, we keep returning to one of our missions: To help protect the millions of people who rely on life insurance for financial safety and security.
Proformex Founder Mike Pepe explains how the novel coronavirus is impacting the life insurance industry
Introducing our newest blog series: Kevin's Korner. In addition to our Founder Mike Pepe, Kevin Kelley is one of our resident insurance experts with decades of experience in the life insurance industry. We thought he could offer valuable insights, especially regarding the impact of COVID19 on our industry right now. Read below for the first installment of this series in which Kevin explains how recent economic upheaval might be impacting VULs, IULs, and ULs, and how Proformex might help!
It’s time for another monthly installment of our Proformex Pioneer award! For the month of March, we decided to honor our good friend Ken Leibow. Ken is equally knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our industry, and we appreciate his positive presence (especially amidst these stressful, uncertain times) and his willingness to share a little bit more about himself with us. Read on below!
Last week, our CEO Kristie Beck had the honor of presenting to North Coast Ventures about our successes in 2019 and our vision for 2020. The below excerpt was shared with fellow attendees after the night concluded:
Best interest standards regulations are sweeping across the country. But do they have different implications for different types of life insurance practitioners? In the video below, we explain the changing role of financial institutions and how best interest regulations come into play. Check it out!
LifeTrust3D, one of the nation's premier life insurance consulting firms, needed a proactive inforce life insurance policy management solution. They sought an automated solution to help service their existing policies and allow them the resources, tools and capacity to continue scaling their business. To see how Proformex helps, check out our latest case study below.
Do you find yourself struggling to get a clear line of insight across your entire portfolio? Our Founder, a former life insurance producer himself, experienced that challenge and built Proformex to solve that and provide a consolidated portfolio view. To see how it works, check out the video below!
Chief Marketing Officer David Morris highlights seven reasons policy management is good for life insurance professionals and their clients
Introducing the Proformex Pioneer award! This monthly initiative was developed to recognize the industry’s best and brightest. We want to shine a spotlight on the experts that keep the life insurance world moving forward and thank them for all their hard work.
Get to know our CFO! In the 7th episode of our #PuttingWithPepe series, Founder Mike Pepe chats with our CFO Bill Leonard about his background, his love for Cleveland, and where he sees Proformex going forward. Thanks for everything you do for us, Bill!
Technology is transforming our world. That's why we built our inforce policy management platform - to change the way life insurance policies are managed and sold. Our platform closes the pre-sale and post-sale loop. See the power of Proformex for yourself in the video below!
It's the most wonderful time of the month! Time for another installment of our #PuttingWithPepe series. In our 6th episode, Mike interviews Karoline Porter, our Customer Success Manager. We knew she was great with our clients, but who knew she had such strong short game, too?! She sank more puts than anyone else who has been interviewed so far! Check it out below:
There are many ways to prospect for new business, and one of those tactics is by leveraging centers of influence (COIs). Watch our video below to learn how implementing leading technology like Proformex can help you better prospect to COIs.
You already know what time it is...it's time for more #PuttingWithPepe! In Episode 5, Mike interviews Niko Kantouros, the Head of Customer Success here at Proformex. Niko is a Clevelander through and through, and a great leader for our team. Learn more about him in the interview below:
The life insurance industry has proven to be one of the slowest industries to adopt and implement new technologies to improve the way we do business. But Proformex is changing that and bringing a hybrid human-technology model to the marketplace, transforming the way life insurance distribution is done. Learn more in the short video below!
Yesterday, the women on our team had the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual WITcon at the Great Lakes Science Center. This event is hosted by getWITit, an Ohio-based not-for-profit organization passionate and dedicated to creating change for women in tech.
Your monthly dose of #PuttingWithPepe is here! In Episode 4, we learn more about Patrick Sullivan, our Director of Product Management. He believes in doing work that's meaningful and delivering as much value as we can to our customers. Check his interview out below:
A life settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy that the policyowner no longer wants or needs to a third party for an amount that is higher than the policy’s cash surrender value and lower than the death benefit.1 Although the life settlement industry itself is relatively new, the concept was originally introduced in court 108 years ago and has evolved over the past century into what we know it as today.
When it comes to being either a captive agent or an independent agent, both offer different benefits and come with different challenges. In our video below, we outline some of the major differences between each agent type and demonstrate some of the ways our platform can support those agents who are transitioning from being captive to independent. Check it out!
Over the weekend, team Proformex had the pleasure of attending IACON 2019 in Columbus, brought to you by the Ohio Insurance Agents Association. It was a fantastic event - from the opening kickball tournament to the closing tailgate for the OSU v. Miami (OH) game, and all the educational sessions and networking opportunities in between!
One of the best ways to stay motivated is through a little friendly competition. Thanks to our friends at Oswald Companies and other mission-focused organizations like Spark 360 and ABC News Channel 5, some of that friendly competition has been introduced to the Cleveland Metro area in the form of the SparkCleveland Step Challenge.
According to the 2019 Downtown Cleveland Q2 Market Update, homegrown startups (like Proformex) have significantly impacted the city's growth over the last quarter. With the office being located right in the heart of downtown Cleveland at the North Point building, Proformex is one of the quickly growing local companies that's helping the city to attract a young, highly skilled labor force - especially in the SaaS and technology spaces. Cleveland now ranks 10th among the nation's largest cities for software developer growth, surpassing big names such as Denver, Austin and the Bay Area.
Back by popular demand, it's #PuttingWithPepe! In our 3rd episode of this series, our Founder Mike Pepe chats with our CTO Chris Sullivan about his background in the SaaS and software development spaces and how it all comes together now at Proformex. Check it out below:
The second installment of our #PuttingWithPepe video interview series is here! Our Founder Mike Pepe chats with CEO Kris Beck about her extensive background in SaaS startups and reasons for deciding to join the Proformex team. By the way, her short game appears to be incredible! Check it out below:
CLEVELAND, Ohio – August 20, 2019 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors and fiduciaries better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, has published the white paper, “An In-Depth Look at Best Interest Standards for Life Insurance” .
It's here! The very first episode of our video series #PuttingWithPepe is finished. In this episode, Proformex Founder Mike Pepe interviews Proformex CMO David Morris about his marketing and entrepreneurial experience in the SaaS space. He shares his primary philosophy with Mike, which is "Don't be afraid to fail". Check it out below:
Our Founder Mike Pepe had the opportunity to sit down with Scott Weber, VP of Practice Management & Technology at Lion Street, to discuss current events and topics within the life insurance industry. We'll be sharing individual questions clip by clip on all our social media platforms over the next few weeks, but to view the webcast in its entirety, please watch the video below!
The Proformex Advantage Program is the New Standard for Life Insurance Management for banks, law firms, CPA firms, trust departments, family offices, and foundations that are looking to create better client outcomes while reducing their liability exposure. To learn more about this exclusive opportunity, watch the video below!
CLEVELAND, Ohio – July 25, 2019 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors and fiduciaries better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that First Financial Resources (FFR) has selected Proformex as its premier policy management platform.
This past weekend, a few members of our team participated in the annual VeloSano bike race in Cleveland. VeloSano is a year-round, community-driven fundraising initiative to support lifesaving cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic. Since the first event in 2014, more than $17M has been raised through VeloSano and 100% of those funds are hard at work in the fight against cancer.
Due to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response we received to our first episode of #PuttingWithPepe, we went ahead and ramped up production on the next few episodes a little ahead of schedule. Stay tuned for coming episodes where you'll get to know our CEO Kristie Beck as well as our CTO Chris Sullivan!
CLEVELAND, Ohio – July 8, 2019 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors and fiduciaries better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that One Resource Group (ORG) has selected Proformex as its premier policy management platform.
Shortly after the passing of Reg BI by vote in the SEC on June 5, 2019, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton was interviewed by CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. In this interview, he clarified a few key differences between fiduciary duties and best interest standards.
Fiduciary obligation is one of the highest imposed by law. The possibility of breaching those duties is known as fiduciary risk. See how automating your inforce performance monitoring with Proformex can help reduce your exposure to that risk in the video below!
Regardless of how many different life insurance carriers you contract with, Proformex can help securely consolidate all of your data and provide you with robust analytics, automated alerts and an overall better, more consistent client reporting experience. See how for yourself in the video below!
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Marty Jensen of Trust Protector, LLC connects with Mike Pepe, Founder of Proformex to talk about fiduciary duty, best interest standards, and the future of the life insurance industry relative to these regulations. Listen to their conversation below!
Are you leveraging technology to exceed policy owner expectations?
Here’s the backdrop for our customer experience story. It takes most organizations months to onboard new employees to get them to full productivity. In fact, according to the Society for Human Resources Management, an effective onboarding program can take 12 months. (Opens as a PDF)
When determining who should serve as a trustee, there's much to take into consideration. The person designated as such must be able to manage trust assets in an honorable, trustworthy manner. This person is also legally considered a fiduciary and will be held accountable to ethical and legal standards accordingly. To further understand those standards and possible ramifications if any duties are breached, download our latest case study.
Thanks to the advancement of technology, consumers have increased expectations for the products and service providers they use. This is no different for life insurance clients. They expect that when they purchase a policy, that policy will continue to meet their needs throughout the life of the contract and perform as expected, and it's up to you as the service provider to ensure that happens. See how automating policy performance monitoring through Proformex can help.
In a perfect world, your clients would proactively notify you anytime a life circumstance changes for them so that you could make any necessary adjustments to their life insurance policy. But since life insurance isn't likely to be top-of-mind for clients in most cases, an annual policy review is recommended to catch any changes. To learn more about how Proformex supports policy reviews, download our latest white paper.
From assessing your needs to understanding the multitude of product types within the life insurance realm, there's a lot of information that policy owners need to know. In our latest white paper, we offer a high-level overview of everything you should know about life insurance. Download it below.
During the 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, we had the opportunity to chat with David Sterling, Principal of Sterling Capital Resources. In this video, he discusses the importance of helping clients achieve the best outcomes possible. Hear more of his insights by watching the video below.
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There is a tremendous amount of responsibility tied to fiduciaries when it comes to irrevocable life insurance trusts. From ongoing trust management to ongoing policy management, a fiduciary is responsible for handling premium gifts, managing Crummey letters, filing tax returns, tracking policy performance, monitoring client circumstances, reviewing product alternatives, evaluating carrier strength and more. This puts the fiduciary at risk for liability exposure if all these responsibilities aren't consistently met. An automated solution for ongoing policy management like Proformex can help reduce that fiduciary risk. To see how, download our latest case study.
Jamie Mendelsohn, EVP of Ashar Group, shares her insights with us regarding the accessibility of important policy information and an established review process. Both are crucial to being thoroughly informed on behalf of the client. To hear more of Jamie’s insights, watch the video below.
Lion Street recognized a need for consolidated inforce policy management, but understood that it would take far too much time, money and resources to build one themselves. They chose instead to partner with Proformex and are now delivering a better, more consistent client experience. Read more below:
As new technologies begin to surface within the marketplace, it's becoming increasingly important for agencies to identify and explore ways to implement these tools and resources for the benefit of their agents. Agents are shifting their focus from commission plans to relationships with their clients, so the most successful agencies will be the ones who adopt cutting-edge technology that can support their agents and ultimately provide the best experience possible for clients. To learn more, check out our latest white paper.
In our Thought Leadership interview session with Jon Mendelsohn, CEO & Founder of the Ashar Group, he discusses the need for increased specialization within the industry as well as the importance of proactively monitoring the performance of a policy for its entire lifetime. Hear more of Jon’s insights by watching the video below.
As the insurance industry ages, it's important for independent insurance agents and brokers to consider their plans for their practices upon their retirement. The techniques used to measure and value life insurance practices are very straightforward and dependent upon detailed company history in three areas: assets, earning value, and market value. By implementing a technology that stores all this relevant information for you, you're able to clearly define the success of your practice and get the best possible value for it when it comes time to sell. To learn more, read our latest white paper below.
Even though most non-professional trustees are designated based on their personal relationships rather than life insurance experience, they are still legally held to the same standards as fiduciaries. Without industry knowledge and experience, some non-professional trustees may not fully understand the scope of their responsibilities and the potential for liability exposure that they face if they are not establishing a process for ILIT management. To learn more about these responsibilities, check out our latest white paper below.
Marty Jensen, Chairman of PMI Advisors, discusses some of the unique instances he sees within his business working with family offices for comprehensive wealth management. For him, it’s crucial not only to maintain insurance policy performance, but to continuously maintain client expectations through frequent, transparent communication. To hear more of Marty’s insight, watch the video below.
Since most non-professional trustees don't have insurance industry experience, many of them may be unaware of all the responsibilities entrusted to them as well as the potential for liability exposure. In this video, we outline what exactly is required of non-professional trustees. To learn more about how Proformex supports non-professional trustees, watch the video below and visit our website.
Zaverl & Associates, Inc. has been around for nearly four decades. As a result, it quickly became impossible for them to manage life insurance policy performance across their entire book of business. See how Proformex helped to automate inforce policy management for them and help identify new business opportunities.
During the 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, we had the opportunity to interview Michael Seltzer, Founding Member & Principal of Verite Group. In this video, he discusses the importance of maintaining credibility and always doing the right thing for his clients to ensure their satisfaction. Watch the full-length video below to hear more from Michael.
In this video, we review the responsibilities of a fiduciary and define who can legally be considered a fiduciary. Furthermore, we explore the high standards to which fiduciaries are held and the potential consequences that may arise when a fiduciary falls short of said standards. To learn more about how our inforce policy management platform helps to minimize fiduciary risk, watch the video below.
Richard Harris, Owner of Richard Harris LLC, discusses the ways in which he protects his client’s policies from lapsing. As a consultant, it’s important for him to be able to provide his clients with detailed analytics and extensive information regarding their life insurance policy and products so that they’re armed with enough education to make the right choices when it comes to their contracts. To hear more of Richard’s insight, watch the video below.
Trustees are legally considered fiduciaries and are thus held to strict fiduciary duties. Managing trusts can be complicated and time-consuming enough as it is, with various investments and assets of considerable worth. And on top of that, you have to make sure you're following industry best practices and helping trust beneficiaries achieve best possible outcomes.
It sounds overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Our team has created a handy guide to help you understand exactly what is required of you and how to best approach managing the trust.
Thomas Bishop, Owner of The Bishop Company LLC, shares his thoughts with us regarding the life insurance industry and the importance of a proactive approach to policy management. It’s much better to be aware of changes that can negatively impact the way a policy performs before those changes happen. For more of Tom’s insight, watch the video below.
Fiduciaries are obligated to always act in the best interest of their clients. The possibility of a fiduciary failing to do so is referred to as fiduciary risk. Watch this video to learn more about how Proformex helps fiduciaries avoid that risk.
In our Thought Leadership interview session with Bill Boersma, Owner of the OC Consulting Group, Bill emphasizes the importance of ongoing policy management. Without a system in place for monitoring policies, it can be very easy for something to slip through the cracks and cause irreparable damage. For Bill, it’s important not to let that happen. Hear more of his insight at the video below.
In order for succession planning to be seamless, life insurance agents must have an established process that addresses the biggest concerns for potential buyers of their practice. They must provide visibility to continued policyowner loyalty and future revenue potential among a multitude of other key components of the practice’s business. Proformex digitizes your entire book of business and helps agents give potential buyers the data they need. Learn more about how Proformex helps with succession planning in the video below.
During the 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, we had the chance to catch up with Nick Bowman, Advanced Market Specialist of Lion Street, and gather some of his insights about some of the bigger issues facing the industry today. From his perspective, he feels that a lack of transparency and a lack of second and third-generation producers coming in are two of the biggest challenges that the industry needs to overcome. To hear more, watch the video below.
Are you missing out on new business opportunities with your current clients? Don’t wait until your annual reviews with your clients to find potential sales. Learn more about how Proformex can help you quickly identify these opportunities for easy sales.
Wondering how you can better attract and retain sales as a general agent? Our platform can help. With changes in state insurance regulations and increased product performance concerns, inforce policy management is becoming a major issue for the life insurance industry. GAs who have implemented automated inforce policy monitoring systems are benefiting not only in recruiting new producers, but also in increased production. Watch our latest video to learn more about how you can do the same.
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Whether you're a professional or non-professional trustee, you are held to strict fiduciary standards. Proformex can help you avoid unintended breach of those fiduciary duties. Did you know Proformex can help to establish processes to ensure that you're exceeding the standards to which you are held as a trustee? To demonstrate how Proformex supports ILIT management, we created the following video. Check it out to learn more about how we can help!
Annual policy reviews are essential to ensuring that policyowners' expectations are met. But they're both time consuming and costly. Did you know you that Proformex automates the policy review process and can even generate client-ready reports? By doing so, you'll save yourself time and money, and deliver a more consistent and comprehensive reporting experience to your clients. Watch our latest video to learn more about how Proformex helps with policy reviews.
Toward the end of 2018, we shared with you a quick overview of the legislative changes made in New York regarding the “best interest” standard for fiduciaries that included a guide to help you determine what steps to take to prepare for said changes. Since then, Nevada state legislators have passed a law that requires all brokers and advisors to be held accountable to a strict fiduciary standard.
‘Tis the season of giving! Corporate philanthropy is engrained in so many company’s cultures, and our culture at Proformex is no different. One of our core values is being “purpose-driven” in every sense of the word. In addition to being ambitious professionally, our team is always seeking out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others both in our work and our community outreach efforts.
The process of researching, purchasing and maintaining a life insurance policy can be quite tedious and complex, but you don’t have to tackle it alone. Take a look at this handy guide put together by our friends at Forbes that walks you through the next steps.
Monitoring inforce life insurance performance relative to the original performance expectations can be a difficult task for agents, advisors, trustees and fiduciaries trying to protect their clients’ interests. Proformex was created to make InForce Policy Management easy. Our intuitive platform helps you monitor, analyze and manage the performance of your clients’ life insurance policies in a single, distribution-agnostic platform.
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal published an article, “Universal Life Insurance, a 1980s Sensation, Has Backfired”. The author, Leslie Scism, dives deeply into the ongoing crisis faced by many aging policyowners: a long decline in interest rates has caused their premiums to rise exponentially.
In our Thought Leadership interview session with Jon J. Pinney, Managing Partner of Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz, we discuss the state of the life insurance industry and the growing need for technologies that will help to automate cumbersome tasks and improve efficiencies. The Proformex inforce policy management platform is one of those technologies helping to advance the life insurance industry into a new era, and Mr. Pinney enjoys that the platform provides better transparency to his clients with detailed analytics and reporting. Hear more of his insights in the video below.
Change is coming from coast to coast following the precedent set by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in July. Are you prepared for the inevitable ripple effect throughout the rest of the US?
Marc Byrnes, Chairman of Oswald Companies, discussed all the ways in which he believes the life insurance industry can improve in this Influencer Interview session. Adopting better technology is one thing he would like to see the industry do more of in coming years. That’s why his company uses Proformex. Our inforce policy management platform helps Oswald Companies to ensure they’re providing the best service to their policyowners while also reducing their fiduciary risk. Listen to more of his expert advice in the video below.
CLEVELAND, Ohio – November 27, 2018 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors and fiduciaries better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that will relocate to Downtown Cleveland.
Tyler Horning and his firm, TDC Life, use Proformex to help mitigate fiduciary risk. In an age where regulations continue to become more stringent, it was important for Mr. Horning and his team to implement a comprehensive, consolidated solution for inforce policy management. Using Proformex to monitor performance on all their clients’ policies gives Horning and his firm peace of mind and helps to create new business opportunities. Learn more about why TDC Life chose Proformex in the video below.
Lindsey Smith of Cavitch, Familio & Durkin Co. was all too familiar with the anxieties that are often associated with life insurance policy management. Because he didn’t have a centralized location with well-organized data for all the policies entrusted to his company, he was not confident that policy performance was being properly supervised. Mr. Smith discovered Proformex and can now rest easy knowing that the Proformex inforce policy management platform is keeping close watch of all his clients’ policies and that he will be immediately notified if something falls off track. See how Proformex improves the firm’s operations through automation in the video below.
Earlier this month, our team had the pleasure of attending this year’s NAILBA conference, held in Orlando, FL. In addition to soaking up some sun, we had the opportunity to engage with industry peers and discuss some current hot topics of the life insurance world.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – November 15, 2018 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors and trustees better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that its new professional platform will help ensure compliance with the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) new regulations for “best interest” standards.
This past week, Proformex was featured in an article both in the Plain Dealer and on cleveland.com. The article, titled "Proformex of Westlake looking to move offices downtown", reads as follows:
One of the accounting firm’s clients made a material change to his policy, which nearly resulted in a loss of 30 years of coverage. Fortunately, Proformex helped the firm and the client avoid this potential catastrophe. Read more to learn how.
Two policyowners nearly lost seven years of coverage on their $250,000 life insurance policy after the carrier had been spun off and suffered significant reduction in their company ratings. See how Proformex helped keep the policy from lapsing by identifying this issue in a coverage assessment report of the policy.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – October 30, 2018 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors and fiduciaries better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that its board of directors has appointed Kris Beck as chief executive officer.
An article written by Proformex Founder and President Mike Pepe was featured in the September/October 2018 issue of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio. His article, titled “Proactive Life Insurance Policy Management Mitigates Risk for Fiduciaries”, can be found on pages 300-301. The full-length article reads as follows:
Last week, our team had the pleasure of participating in ACORD Connect 2018, held in New Orleans, LA. This annual event is a great opportunity to network, discuss shifts and advancements in the industry and learn more about new marketplace solutions.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – October 16, 2018 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors, fiduciaries and trustees better oversight and visibility into the performance of inforce life insurance policies, today announced one of its customer success stories. Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg, a Cleveland-based law firm specializing in Business and Commercial Law, Creditors’ Rights and Estate Planning, used Proformex to help educate a policyowner on all his options when he decided he no longer needed to keep his life insurance policy inforce.
When you’re looking to implement a life insurance policy, there are tons of options you’ll need to consider, from choosing which carrier you’ll get the policy from and which type of policy will best suit your needs. But the choices don’t end there. Did you know you have the option to finance your life insurance premiums? It’s a good option if you’re looking for alternatives to pay for those costly premiums. We finance just about everything else in our lives, so why not explore premium financing as another option? Watch this video to learn more about why this could be the right move for you.
WESTLAKE, Ohio, – October 4, 2018 – Proformex, creator of a proactive life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors, fiduciaries and trustees better oversight and visibility into the performance of inforce life insurance policies, today announced that it has officially closed on $3.1M in funding from the summer seed round. Investments were collected from several strategic investors who have connections into the life insurance industry and ancillary verticals.
Last week, our team had the opportunity to attend this year’s Insurance News Net Super Conference. Insurance News Net is the source for breaking news and relevant information on the Life insurance, Health insurance, Property and Casualty industries. Every year, professionals from all these industries and more gather at the Super Conference to exchange insights and hear from top-notch keynote speakers.
Last week, The Wall Street Journal published an article, “Universal Life Insurance, a 1980s Sensation, Has Backfired”. The author dives deeply into the ongoing crisis faced by many aging policyowners: a long decline in interest rates has caused their premiums to rise exponentially.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – September 18, 2018 – Proformex, creator of an all-encompassing life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance agents, advisors, trustees and fiduciaries better oversight and control of their client’s life insurance policies, today announced one of its customer’s success stories. Life Asset Partners, a leading life insurance and financial services firm located in Denver, leveraged the power of Proformex to prevent a client’s policy from lapsing while she was undergoing treatment for stage four cancer.
Last week, our team had the great pleasure of attending the Plug and Play Tech Center Summit in Sunnyvale, CA. Plug and Play Tech Center is “the ultimate innovation platform connecting the best startups and the largest corporations”. Mike Pepe, CEO and Founder of Proformex, and Chad Neifer, SVP of Key Accounts and Integration, had a great time networking with other entrepreneurial professionals in both related and unrelated industries.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – September 6, 2018 – Proformex, creator of an all-encompassing life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance brokerages and agents, fiduciaries and financial planners better portfolio oversight and control, today announced that Miguel Zubizarreta has joined its board of directors. Zubizarreta brings the technology and insurance industry experience needed to provide hands-on product development guidance to the Proformex team of highly skilled professionals.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – August 21, 2018 – Proformex, creator of an all-encompassing life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance brokerages and agents, fiduciaries and financial planners better oversight and visibility into the performance of inforce life insurance policies, today announced that Chris Sullivan has been chosen as the company’s chief technology officer. Sullivan brings more than a decade of experience in the software development field, having previously held executive positions at a number of companies.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – August 7, 2018 – Proformex, creator of an all-encompassing life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance brokerages and agents, fiduciaries and financial planners better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that Marc Byrnes has joined its Board of Directors. As an industry insider with extensive experience and expertise, Byrnes understands and validates the ongoing need for proactive life insurance policy management through powerful software that optimizes the process.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – July 24, 2018 – Proformex, creator of an all-encompassing life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance brokerages and agents, fiduciaries and financial planners better oversight and visibility into the performance of in force life insurance policies, today announced that Kris Beck has been elected as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer. Beck brings extensive product management, business process, and operational scaling experience from executive positions in both privately and publicly held companies.
WESTLAKE, Ohio – July 11, 2018 – Proformex, creator of an all-encompassing life insurance policy monitoring platform designed to give insurance brokerages and agents, fiduciaries and financial planners better portfolio oversight and control, today announced that the board has elected R. Louis Schneeberger as its Chairman of the Board. Schneeberger brings extensive software-as-a-service (SaaS) product development and commercialization experience in both private and public company senior executive positions.
Transferring wealth to future generations is most successful when the values of the generation who built the wealth are transferred as well. Wealthmanagement.com’s Steven Abernathy explains why helping families identify a shared purpose can serve as the foundation for helping wealth flourish for generations to come.
Creating instant capital via life insurance helps to solve a number of different problems families and business may face. Here’s a well put together list of six such problems that can be solved using life insurance.
To help further our mission of helping advisors and fiduciaries proactively manage life insurance policies for the benefits of their clients and their families, Proformex was honored to donate its TOLI accounting system Campbell University’s new First Citizen’s Wealth Management Center at the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. The 7,250 square foot center center will serve as a learning lab, simulating an investment firm environment, a trading room, and a trust center.
From the very beginning, our policy management system was conceived and built to change the way policies are managed. Before we solidified our name Proformex, and our mission to protect, inform, and exceed, our system went by the name of the TOLI Vault. Wealthmanagement.com’s Donald Kelly, evaluates and scores our system andits ability to proactively manage life insurance policies.