SOURCE: Futurity First Insurance Group

Futurity First Insurance Group

December 01, 2011 16:48 ET

Futurity First Insurance Group Announces Management Changes to Accelerate Growth of Its Independent Marketing Organizations

ROCKY HILL, CT--(Marketwire - Dec 1, 2011) - Michael Kalen, CEO of Futurity First Insurance Group, recently announced changes to the top management team to accelerate growth of its independent marketing organizations (IMO), BHC Marketing, Inc., and Dressander and Associates.

Effective immediately, Mike Dressander will assume an expanded role as President of both BHC and Dressander. This role will accelerate the sharing of marketing programs across the two IMOs to provide agents with more tools and services. Throughout his tenure at Dressander and Associates, Dressander has led the effort to build the company into a highly successful annuity and life insurance IMO focused on serving independent agents. A 29-year veteran of the insurance industry, he has served on the advisory boards of major annuity companies, has trained thousands of agents on fixed annuities, and has created cutting edge prospecting and sales programs.

Shelby Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of BHC Marketing since 2005, will take on a broader role as Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Business Development for Futurity First's marketing organizations. Smith will focus on new business expansion initiatives, product portfolio expansion, product development, and new marketing initiatives. Smith, a Ph.D. in Economics, has an extensive background in banking, insurance, securities and financial services marketing.

Additionally, Kevin Meyer, Director of Marketing of BHC, will become BHC's Chief Operating Officer reporting to Mike Dressander. He will assume day-to-day management and leadership of BHC in Houston, TX and Carmel, IN. With 16 years of experience, Meyer has a unique combination of skills as an independent agent, annuity wholesaler, brokerage manager and IMO leader as he has worked with a large annuity IMO and a top annuity carrier.

"Our independent marketing organizations and innovative career agency system continue to grow during these uncertain times," commented Kalen. "To leverage this growth and expedite our business expansion, it's perfect timing to expand Mike's responsibilities and create Shelby's new role dedicated to business development. Having IMOs and a full service distribution channel in one organization provides our agents with greater opportunities to build their practices as they serve the financial needs of the senior market."

Futurity First Insurance Group (www.futurityfirst.com) is an independent, nationwide insurance distribution organization specializing in retirement income and insurance protection solutions from leading insurance companies.

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