-Attends 2015 Annual Meeting to Learn More About Fraternal Organizations-
With its rapid expansion and rise to the top within the life and annuity vertical, FAST has had the good fortune of undertaking three fraternal projects with Catholic United, Modern Woodmen, and Woman’s Life. As more and more fraternal organizations seek to modernize their legacy systems while maintaining outstanding customer service to their members, FAST constantly seeks to better understand and accommodate to its fraternal clients’ needs.
American Fraternal Alliance’s 2015 Annual Meeting, held in Indianapolis on September 10th to the 11th, provided the perfect opportunity for FAST to expand these relationships while gaining further insight into fraternal benefit societies. The conference highlighted fraternals looking to rebrand themselves, positioning for the 21st century, and emphasizing the importance of participating in Alliance-sponsored political advocacy initiatives.
FAST applied to be an associate member to the alliance, cementing its desire to build relationships and a strong reputation with fraternal benefit societies and help sponsor future AFA conferences. As more fraternals seek better, more modern solutions, FAST will be prepared on how to best meet their needs.
While many consumers may not be familiar with fraternal benefit societies, Joe Annotti, CEO of American Fraternal Alliance, explains that once they learn about the mission of fraternals, they describe them as “the coolest business model.” He expounds that through various volunteer efforts, member-driven projects, and charitable programs, fraternals give back their revenues to local communities in addition to their members.
FAST’s representative at the conference, Terrence Gorman, Senior Sales Associate, recounted, “I was impressed with the attendees’ passion, commitment, and willingness to embrace innovation. AFA’s leadership presented a clear vision for the future viability of this model and I believe software will be fundamental in enabling that path forward. I learned a great deal and got a chance to meet with some wonderful people.”
Allison Koppel, Executive Vice President at American Fraternal Alliance, has received a positive response from this year’s attendees, stating, “The Alliance Annual Meeting was extremely well received by our members. Over 90% of survey respondents ranked the event as “Excellent” or “Very Good”… Workshops and keynote speakers all were highly evaluated. We delivered a great program.”
To keep up with American Fraternal Alliance, visit their website here or visit Joe Annotti’s blog here.
About American Fraternal Alliance
The American Fraternal Alliance promotes and supports the missions of its 68 not-for-profit fraternal benefit society members operating in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Fraternal benefit societies separate themselves from their competitors by securing members’ futures through reliable financial service offerings and giving back to their local communities through meaningful volunteer activities. Alliance member societies represent nearly 9 million individuals, making it one of America’s largest member-volunteer networks. The Alliance promotes the fraternal model, member involvement and interaction as well as collaboration with industry, public policymakers and non-profit community.
FAST, which stands for “Flexible Architecture, Simplified Technology”, is a privately-held company located in Edison, NJ founded by the former leaders of NaviSys. FAST focuses on solving the challenges our financial services and insurance clients face as they seek to modernize their systems environments or completely replace legacy systems. Visit: www.fasttechnology.com
John Gorman, COO