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Speakers' Gallery: Insurance Authorities

By Agatha Gilmore
February 1, 2013

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With the economy teetering, an uncertain political landscape, and weather that can’t be counted on, meeting attendees must deal with tough issues that are hard to discuss as they try to move forward. Here are five insurance experts on the speaking circuit who can help.

Michael Aun
Michael Aun is an insurance professional with master speaking chops. The author of numerous articles and books, including The Great Communicators! and The Toastmasters International Guide to Successful Speaking (co-author), Aun has also garnered multiple awards, including the Legends of the Speaking Profession award (along with Zig Ziglar) in 2009 by the Veteran Speakers Retreat and the rare CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame award from the National Speakers Association. The dynamic presenter also manages a sales force servicing some 35,000 insurance agents, and his agency has won the prestigious Master Agency Award, the highest honor in life insurance management. Aun can speak masterfully on the topic of change (one of his talks is titled “The Trouble With The Future Is It Ain’t What It Used To Be”), leadership, management, relationship strategies, and more. 
High 5 Speakers Bureau, (435) 750-0062, www.high5speakersbureau.com

Sung Won Sohn, Ph.D.
Ranked one of the three “best forecasters in the country” in 2012 by the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Sung Won Sohn is an expert on economic and political matters. Currently vice chairman of multinational retailer Forever 21 and professor of economics and finance at California State University, Channel Islands, Sohn has served as president and CEO of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, as well as executive vice president and chief economic officer of Wells Fargo Banks. During the Nixon Administration, he served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, where he was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to the Federal Reserve and financial markets. The author of the book Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy, Sohn is a dynamic speaker on the topics of monetary policy, economic trends, strategy, and the economics of retailing. 
BigSpeak Speakers Bureau, (805) 965-1400, www.bigspeak.com

Van Mueller
Van Mueller, LUTCF, is a bonafide industry expert, boasting an impressive 40 years of experience as an insurance agent. Currently a registered representative with the Wisconsin Agency of New England Financial Services, Mueller actively supports a variety of industry organizations, serving as a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, as an Emissary Contributor to IFAPAC, and as a Diamond Knight of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. A regular contributor to Senior Market Advisor magazine, Mueller was named the magazine’s 2010 Advisor of the Year. In the past, he has served as a Life Underwriter Training Council moderator, and as president of the Milwaukee Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, as well as membership chairman for both Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin. The knowledgeable speaker and professional writer has addressed groups all over the country and the world, including being a main-platform speaker at the 2003 National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors meeting in Kansas City. 
SpeakInc, (800) 677-3324, www.speakinc.com
 

Michael Lewis
Journalist and best-selling author of Moneyball, Liar’s Poker, and The Blind Side, Michael Lewis is a household name when it comes to economic and financial expertise. A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Slate, and Bloomberg, Lewis is a powerful keynote speaker on the topics of recession, theeconomy, Wall Street, the nature of talent and maintaining an edge, and how assumptions can get in the way of success. Before turning his eye toward journalism, Lewis worked for many years for Salomon Brothers investment bank in New York City and in London. Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau, (212) 645-4200, www.greatertalent.com
 
Meredith Whitney
Named one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2009 by TIME magazine and one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” from 2008 to 2011, Meredith Whitney is widely heralded as one of the most respected voices on Wall Street. Currently serving as CEO of Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, LLC, an investment research firm that she founded, Whitney is an expert on the U.S. mortgage industry, sub-prime market, and consumer lending market, and is the leading authority on America’s credit crisis. In 2006, Whitney presented to the FDIC on the U.S. consumer and the risks in the sub-prime market. She is a talented speaker who can break down the current economic situation into layman’s terms and offer strategies for recovering in the future. She says: “Life is all about how much you prepare, and if you over-prepare, you will always succeed.” 
Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau, (212) 645-4200, www.greatertalent.com
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