NAIFA MARYLAND’s 2018 Annual Conference for Insurance and Financial Services Professionals
Greg Warren—EMCEE and Keynote Speaker
Greg Warren, most recently seen on Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show and Comedy Central Presents, has built a strong fan base with an act inspired by his Midwestern upbringing. His CDs, Running Out of Time (Sept 2013) and One Star Wonder (June 2009) hit #3 and #6 respectively in iTunes Top Comedy Albums. An honest mix of self-deprecation, frustration and an arsenal of lifelike characters highlight Greg’s colorful perspective. Greg attracts a diverse audience spectrum, having performed as a finalist on BET’s Coming to the Stage and on Country Music Television. He is a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show, which led to touring theaters nationwide with The Bob & Tom All Stars Comedy Tour. Greg was also a West Point Cadet, where he distinguished himself by amassing an impressive tally of demerits and endless hours of pointless marching. After moving on to the University of Missouri, he studied journalism and became an All-American college wrestler. NAIFA Maryland is proud to have Greg as the keynote speaker for this event.
Connie Golleher – The Golleher Group, LLC
Connie Golleher is considered an industry expert in disability, long term care and life insurance. She is active in her local community and her industry. She has more than 30 years of diverse experience including extensive expertise working with lawyers and physicians and highly compensated executives. Connie participates on numerous boards and committees. She is a NAIFA Board Trustee, a past President of Greater Washington Foundation of Insurance and Financial Advisors. She has served as the Association President for NAIFA Greater Washington, and is past Board Chair of For Love of Children (FLOC), Board Member of the DC Police Foundation, Committee Member for the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, and the American Red Cross “In The Bag” Event. Connie has authored, or been interviewed for, a number of articles, including articles on securing the maximum Disability Coverage for Lawyers in Managing Partner and Legal Management & ALA News. She was one of the experts interviewed for a Long Term Care article published in Money magazine. She has also been published in Kiplinger’s Retirement, Investors’ Business Daily, Physicians Money Digest, Employee Benefit Review, Business Review, Employment Relations, and many others.
Gregory Grant— Shulman Rogers
Mr. Grant leads the Shulman Rogers Employment Law Practice and will address a hot topic for many Maryland small businesses – compliance with the new state sick leave law that became effective earlier this year when Governor Hogan’s veto was overridden. Greg has extensive experience in an array of employment and business operations-related issues, as well as many years of successful dispute avoidance and resolution experience. As trusted counsel to corporate management and small business owners, Greg is also a resource for breach of contract, fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret, non-compete and other employment and business-related disputes. In addition, Greg frequently assists partners/owners in negotiated or litigated “business divorces” and related disassociation or dissolution matters.
Felix Kushnir — Shulman Rogers
Mr. Kushnir will address the legal issues related to succession planning, valuation and the sale or purchase of an insurance agency. With personal experience owning and operating a business, Felix knows how diﬃcult it is to grow a business and still ﬁnd time to manage its legal and compliance matters. Because of this, he is dedicated to assisting clients in the most eﬃcient manner possible. Felix serves as outside general counsel to software, technology and emerging growth clients and advises on a wide range of business law issues, including equity compensation, corporate governance, debt ﬁnancing and commercial contract matters. His experience advising clients spans a wide range of industries and regulatory environments, including government contracting, insurance, telecommunications, cybersecurity, healthcare, energy and ﬁnancial services.
Bryson Popham – Bryson F. Popham, P.A.
Mr. Popham will be delivering a one hour CE on the 2018 Legislative Update. Bryson has been the lobbyist for NAIFA Maryland and other industry associations for decades. Topics of discussion will include the Health Savings Accounts Preservation Coalition, statutory fiduciary liability in Maryland, health care reform, life insurance of a minor, the Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Board and legislation that would prohibit a prospective employer from inquiring about the salary history and other information from a job applicant. It will also include a discussion of several attempts made by the Maryland General Assembly to prohibit the use of credit history, the use of marital status or gender, and the use of occupation or Education in determining the rating of an insurance policy.
Another special guest includes Mr. Paul Dougherty
Paul is a State Farm agent in Hyattsville, MD, and has been in the industry for 23 years. He is the Immediate Past President of NAIFA National, and served as a trustee on the NAIFA National Board from 2010 to 2013. He served as NAIFA’s chair of Corporate Partnerships, in which role he was a regular speaker at insurance company home offices throughout the country. He also served as trustee liaison to the NAIFA Government Relations Committee and is a former member of the Member Benefits Committee. Mr. Dougherty is a past president of NAIFA-Maryland, and has served as the Chair of the Retirement Planning Coalition in Maryland since 2013, a Coalition which includes the American Council of Life Insurers and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and lobbies the Maryland legislature on behalf of the insurance and financial services industry.