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Best Practices For The Fourth Quarter with Roger Smith (Ep. 25)



2022 has been an ever-changing environment for advisors.

Due to the change from the global pandemic to now feeling some sort of normalcy, there have been a lot of changes and adjustments that have had to be made over the past few months. 

In this episode, Jeremy Houser is joined by Roger Smith from Insurmark to unpack his business successes and how he and his team have achieved them through adapting to their clients and upping their customer service and product processes. 

Roger discusses: 

  • The importance of working as a team and knowing each other’s strengths
  • How to properly identify your client’s needs
  • Balancing client feedback when it comes to your services
  • The difference between good and great customer service
  • His team’s approach to supporting clients through annuities, retirement planning, and Medicare season 
  • And more!

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Roger Smith has been helping families protect and enjoy their retirement for over 30 years. Roger has over 5000 satisfied clients. Roger is blessed to have two daughters, Chesney & Kennedy, along with his granddaughter Camila.

He has served over the last 21 years as a Rotarian, including 2 terms as President. Chamber of Commerce President and Board of Directors. Board member of William Thomas Helton foundation, which helps people with disabilities. Sunday School Teacher at Waynesboro First Baptist Church. Benefactor for Abigail’s Plan, an organization dedicated to providing baseball fields and facilities to handicapped children, and Sheltering Tree Ranch, a small private Christian school for Autistic children.


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Wrapping Up The Third Quarter — The Power Of The Pen (Ep. 24)



In January, the year ahead seems so long, but suddenly, Labor Day hits, and we look back and realize we are ready to wrap up the third quarter. 

Throughout the year, there have been some big changes to our industry, allowing advisors to hone their skills to attract prospects and secure new deals. 

In this episode, Jeremy Houser explains must-know shifts in the advising industry while detailing ways you can use these to your advantage to pull in prospects and create a meaningful bond that will secure client and team loyalty.

Jeremy discusses: 

  • What types of conversations you should be having with prospects
  • The importance of adapting to different marketing tactics and strategies
  • The value in going against the grain, separating yourself from the competition
  • Ways to present yourself and your team as industry experts 
  • And more!

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Houser Party of Four — Welcoming Baby Olivia (Ep. 23)



After a long-awaited 9 months, Jeremy Houser and his wife Christina are overjoyed to welcome their newborn, Olivia. 

In this episode, Jeremy talks about everything newborn and how his lifestyle has evolved since becoming the ‘Houser Family of Four.’ Jeremy talks about his career, the steps he is taking for his children, and how he has been able to navigate his business amid the arrival of his daughter. 

Jeremy discusses: 

  • Ways he and his family have adjusted their life and work balance 
  • How he has used the help of advisors he trusts to create a sound financial plan for his children
  • His 2022 motto for keeping his advisors motivated
  • Understanding the value of a single-income household
  • What’s his future business looking like 
  • And more!

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Tips & Processes to Manage Your Practice In This Virtual Environment with Al Caicedo (Ep. 22)



In the last couple of years, there has been a shift in businesses, creating an abundance of advisors working virtually. 

But it is not as easy as it may seem. To successfully manage a virtual business, you must stand out from the crowd.

In this episode, Jeremy Houser speaks with Al Caicedo, president, and owner of CKS Summit Group. Al shares different strategies advisors can incorporate when switching to an online platform and the personalization they need to create a loyal customer base. 

Al discusses: 

  • The importance of incorporating webinars and video messaging within your practice 
  • The truth about trust, ego, and commitment when it comes to building and maintaining a business in this virtual environment 
  • How to keep your clients informed without throwing them an abundance of oversaturated information
  • Ways to personalize your relationship with your clients 
  • And more!

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Al Caicedo is the president and owner of CKS Summit Group. Al’s focus is to help his clients enjoy their lifestyle beyond the workplace and into their retirement years. He educates and enables them to come to understand for themselves the financial path they should follow. He has spent twenty years helping clients protect and preserve their assets. His safe money strategies helped clients save millions of dollars during the latest market collapse.




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A Mid-Year Review: Here’s How Advisors Can Continue Growing (Ep. 21)



While gaining outreach in such a saturated market can be extremely challenging, this year has been very prosperous for advisors.  

This week, Jeremy Houser details ways to continue that growth for the remainder of this year and the years to come. 

Jeremy highlights the role of innovation, creativity, and even time off when it comes to business growth and the ever-changing and uncertain marketplace. Through the use of technology, Jeremy outlines ways you can keep your clients up to date on market trends while allowing your business to elevate its marketing efforts.

Jeremy discusses: 

  • The importance of vacation time and the value of setting realistic expectations with clients 
  • Reasons advisors shouldn’t be afraid of changes and challenges 
  • Important marketing tidbits for advisors 
  • Balancing remote work to keep up with clients 
  • And more!

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Annexus: Your Innovative Annuities & Insurance Solutions Platform with Ron Shurts (Ep. 20)



Advisors, it’s no secret that the annuity industry has substantially grown this year. 

So what better month to discuss annuities than June, which is Annuity Awareness Month? 

In this episode, Jeremy Houser is joined by Ron Shurts, entrepreneur and co-founder of Annexus. Ron talks about his path into the financial industry while detailing how Annexus has expanded within the annuities and insurance field. This expansion has allowed the firm to be named the “Annuity Innovator of the Year” for three years in a row.

Ron discusses: 

  • His beginnings in the financial services arena and the challenges he faced during the process
  • How Annexus provides annuities and insurance solutions to advisors and their clients
  • The secret sauce that makes the company set the standard for the industry
  • Changes and projections for the Fixed Index Annuity (FIA) space
  • And more!

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Ron Shurts is an entrepreneur and the co-Founder of Annexus, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company dedicated to designing and marketing innovative products that help people grow and protect their retirement savings. With his partner Don Dady, they’ve built a reputation for developing new business strategies and forging partnerships with industry thought leaders, leading insurance carriers Nationwide, Athene, and Securian, as well as some of the world’s largest investment banks, including J.P. Morgan, UBS, Zebra Capital Management, Barclays, Merrill Lynch, etc.




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Simplicity Life — Life Insurance Made Simple & Easy with Nathan Jacobson (Ep.19)



Often, misinformation leads to a missed opportunity for high returns. Thankfully, we have the knowledge you need to help your clients make an informed decision on their life insurance.

This week, the Executive Vice President at Simplicity Life, Nathan Jacobson, joins Jeremy Houser to explain how independent financial professionals can use the tools and resources Simplicity Life provides their advisors with best-in-class life insurance solutions. Whether it be protecting loved ones from an untimely death or as a tax diversification tool, Nathan highlights the array of benefits around life insurance. 

Plus, he unpacks some valuable wisdom words for financial advisors, like the importance of investing in your business and continuous education.

Jeremy and Nathan discuss: 

  • Ways Simplicity Life is now the largest independently-owned life brokerage in the country
  • The firm’s educational approach in offering their agents the highest level of knowledge to pass on to their clients
  • The power of life insurance as a financial vehicle
  • Ways advisors and prospects can benefit from Simplicity Life’s tax-free retirement platform 
  • Advice for financial advisors: The value of education and maintaining a digital presence
  • And more!

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As the Executive Vice President of Simplicity Life, Nathan Jacobson takes his accomplished 18 years in the life insurance industry to the largest financial marketing organization, Simplicity Life. Nathan’s extensive knowledge in insurance distribution and sales management is poised to help him build new strategic alliances and industry best sales platform and proprietary insurance products for use across all of Simplicity Life.

 


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Creating Impactful Leaders through Greater Connection with Mike Milligan (Ep.18)



Connecting a driven mindset with education and effective systems and practices uncovers record-breaking feats.

In this episode, Jeremy Houser is joined by Mike Milligan, Founder of Ideas by Mike. Mike is a CFP who unveils ways he’s finding success as an advisor, business practices, and operations. Through systems and practices, Mike highlights the critical role InsurMark’s partnership has played in the acceleration of Ideas by Mike, LLC.

Mike discusses: 

  • Ways he is helping his customers during this volatile time 
  • How to invest in your business through different strategies to see impactful growth
  • The power of stories and resources and how they reflect in his own podcast: Stories, Resources, and Ideas
  • How his partnership with InsurMark has supported and excelled his business
  • And more!

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Mike Milligan has been a Certified Financial Planner since 2002. He understands what most people endure in life and understands that life is not a simple pie chart of diversified priorities and passions to spread out risk; we go all in, all the time. That’s why Mike is here to help you with that and learn from your experience so he can pass along what he has learned and what he has lived.

 


Systems and Processes that are Pushing Advisors (Ep. 17)



Advisors face adversities on a daily basis, it is important to learn how to face these challenges with systems and processes to overcome them.

In this episode, Jeremy Houser sits down to discuss the importance of adopting effective mindsets, systems, and processes that will accelerate your business model and let you better help your clients.

Jeremy discusses: 

  • The impact Austin Hatch’s message had with advisors from Episode 16
  • Creating a marketing strategy that supports you and your business model
  • Building client trust in the virtual and in-person setting 
  • How Gen X will be reshaping the financial landscape in the years to come
  • And more

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Adding Grit to Your Mindset with Austin Hatch (Ep. 16)



When faced with adversity, It is up to you to choose a mindset that will drive you towards success. When you establish a greater purpose, your grit will shine through.

In this episode, Jeremy Houser is joined by Austin Hatch, motivational speaker, to share his remarkable story of surviving two plane crashes and learn how to apply his G.R.I.T. mentality to overcome individual and team adversities. 

Austin Hatch discusses: 

  • The power of commitment and how it changes his life
  • What G.R.I.T. means and how to apply the mentality
  • The importance  of establishing a greater purpose and setting standards 
  • How the G.R.I.T. mentality can better prepare you as a financial professional
  • And more

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In the first 27 years of Austin’s life, he survived two separate plane crashes, which led to the tremendous loss of his immediate family, and a severe list of injuries that nearly took his own life. Coming out of a 2-month long coma after the second plane crash, he had to relearn basic life skills such as walking and talking. The adversity he faced was extremely challenging, but Austin made the decision that he was going to find a way to overcome it and fulfill his dream of playing basketball for the University of Michigan.

Instead of choosing to dwell on my circumstances, Austin has decided to share his life experiences with others, providing a variety of organizations with a message about thriving in the midst of adversity, grit and hope. Austin is now a full-time motivational speaker, and considers himself blessed to be able to add value to a variety of organizations across the country.