John Healy resigned his position as CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) to pursue other interests, and Susan Waters, EDM, CAE has assumed the position of Acting CEO, the association announced.

NAIFA President Thomas Currey, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, commented on Healy’s service to the association. “The last two years have seen a great deal of progress at NAIFA, and the association has much to be proud of,” Currey says. “The industry’s presence on Capitol Hill and NAIFA’s position as the leading association for insurance professionals and financial advisors are stronger than ever. Because of programs and initiatives now in place, the value we offer to our members grows every day. We appreciate John’s leadership and contributions to NAIFA and anticipate continuing the association’s momentum. We wish John the best in his future endeavors.”

Waters has served as NAIFA’s Deputy CEO since October of 2007. She brings more than 22 years of experience in professional association management, as well as experience in the insurance industry and at NAIFA. Prior to joining NAIFA, Waters was president of Sextant Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in association governance, conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, and meeting facilitation.

“We all know Susan and are confident in her abilities to lead NAIFA at this time,” says Currey. “For more than two years, she has helped lead the professional staff and has overseen the day-to-day operations at NAIFA. Her track record of success is impressive, and under her leadership, the association will continue its climb. We are very fortunate to have her in place.”

In her career, Waters has served as the CEO of three associations, been a licensed insurance broker and served as EVP of an insurance agency. She was CEO of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants from 2000 to 2004, and executive director of the Massachusetts Bar Association from 1993 to 2000. She also served as the executive director of the San Francisco Medical Society and the Prince George's County (MD) Medical Society.

Waters served as president of the San Francisco Bay Area Society of Association Executives, and was the first woman to serve as president of the American Association of Medical Society Executives. She served on the San Francisco President’s Advisory Committee to the University of Maryland. She is also a Past-Trustee for the Foundation of the Business and Professional Women’s Federation/USA.

“NAIFA is on the right track, and making a difference in the lives and careers of the professionals who invest their membership dollars in us,” Waters says. “This association and its professional staff are devoted to helping keep our members in business, helping them grow their businesses, and to promoting ethical business conduct in the industry. We are resolute.”




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