First, I want to thank the Northeast Ohio Health Underwriters Association (NEOHUA) for allowing me to serve as President and be a part of an organization that not only gives knowledge back to its members but also allows lifelong friendships to be established. I am following in the footsteps of some great leaders in our business. Established in 1913, NEOHUA was the very first local association established in the United States under the National Association of Health Underwriters umbrella. Just as those individuals who formed this chapter more than 100 years ago, I, along with our current board members are passionately motivated by pursuing the goals of our membership and protecting this fulfilling and lucrative industry that allows us to help so many.
The theme of the 2018-2019 NEOHUA is Value & Vibrancy. All of the decisions that our association leadership will make this year will answer the following question in the affirmative. "Does this program / event / decision bring value to our membership and will it be done in a way that makes members (and non-members) want to engage and be part of it?" This holds true for the entire landscape of our association. Whether you are a broker/consultant in the large, small or individual market, a carrier partner who caters to any of the above or a vendor that has a product or service that serves the needs of our diverse scene, the NEOHUA focus will be to bring Value & Vibrancy to your investment of time and treasure.
So what should you expect to witness over the next year from the NEOHUA? In short, many valuable things. Among them is the creation of The NEO Vanguard Council. The Vanguard Council was established several years ago on national level at NAHU. Its function is to celebrate innovation and it has the potential to play a critical role in shaping the future of our industry. Members of this committee see the need for embracing change, especially with technology, in order to stay current with new products and services that will help our industry be more successful. Additionally, this committee will be responsible for creating the NEOHUA Internship (both paid and unpaid) Playbook so that member organizations, both large and small, can efficiently and effectively take advantage of the wealth of talent within our nearby colleges and universities that is currently under-utilized by our industry.
In closing, to our current members and perspective members, I want to assure you that the intention of this board is to grow the NEOHUA without limits. We will stay focused on bringing value to our members while staying current with industry standards and requirements. We look forward to a productive successful year and we invite each of you to participate, and most importantly become involved. Join us - we are having fun here!
Frank Spinelli & the 2018 -2019 NEOHUA Board