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|In the September 8, 2010 issue
A new survey shows a dramatic rise in the number of
disengaged employees in the financial services industry. What’s
needed, say experts, is a return to “high-touch” management. That
means everything from a sustained focus on helping new employees through
their first year, to creating local events that boost teamwork, to
ensuring that senior executives are seen and heard at meetings
explaining their goals for the company’s future. Here’s
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It’s almost Q4 2010: Do you know where your strategic
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The latest in our off-the-cuff interviews with financial
services planners and suppliers takes us to the Green Mountain State to
catch up with Lynn Averill. You won't find her with an iPod dangling
from her ears but you might catch her
out to a few blues guitarists.
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Pam Ferguson of The Ritz-Carlton (at left) greets Jill
Conrad, CMP, of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, who was one of 31
senior-level planners—a record number—gathered at The Ritz-Carlton,
Half Moon Bay, in Half Moon Bay, Calif., for the luxury brand’s annual
Insurance Advisory Council event. The planners brought good news with
them: In an on-site poll, all of them reported the same or more meetings
planned for 2011 as for 2010. Read more about the education
and brand updates at the meeting—and check out our exclusive
Have you ever planned a meeting activity so popular it went
two hours past its designated time? That’s what Darlene Catan reports
about her “Martinis, Makeup, and Maui” event earlier this summer at
the Four Seasons
St. Louis. Catan, director of insurance and incentive sales at Ovation
Global DMC, invited 30 incentive buyers to the hotel’s
Presidential Suite for 15-minute makeovers plus beauty tips and
products, martinis, and a pair of Maui
Jim sunglasses. New York–based makeup artist Kathy
Pomerantz has created the theme—and can customize for different
audiences (“Makeup and Milkshakes” works for the under-21 crowd).
Check out the fun and glamour in the slide
created by photographer Pam Bredenkamp of Signature Studio.
|From the editors of
| Financial & Insurance Meetings
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