Happy Holidays from the Life Happens team!

See our amazing staff's holiday thoughts on what they're grateful for and what they're looking forward to in 2020.

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This holiday season, I am grateful for the overwhelming support from all of Life Happens’ supporters. As a nonprofit, we couldn’t do what we do every day without the support of our partners and advocates. And that same sentiment goes to those mentors and close colleagues who took time away from their businesses and families in helping me give my best to Life Happens for the good of this worthy industry.
 
And for 2020, I am looking forward to having our insurance awareness campaigns be that much more impactful. Our partnership with Brooke Shields and our Public Service Announcement playing in the middle of Times Square were the culmination of this industry pulling together to make a difference for the benefit of others. I can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2020. 

 Faisa Stafford, LUTCF                      President & CFO

I’m grateful to work for an organization that cares so much about giving back through our Life Lessons Scholarship Program. Calling scholarship recipients with the news remains my favorite day of the year.

In 2019, I visited my 25th U.S. state; in 2020, I’m looking forward to exploring new places and crossing off a few more states on my list. Maybe I’ll get to 50!

 Andrea Englert                    Manager of Consumer & Industry  Programs

 

This year has been especially great to me and my family as we welcomed our daughter into the world earlier this year. I’m grateful that I work for an organization that has given me the flexibility to continue working with a wonderful group of people doing what I love and spend time at home with my daughter. 

I’m looking forward to working with our expanding creative team next year and really seeing what we can do.

 Natalie Chambliss        Design and Marketing  Consultant

As a writer, I’m thankful (and surprised) that my 11-year-old has “books” at the top of his Christmas wish list.

Because our industry and world is so rapidly changing, I know I’ll get to deliver our message in new ways in 2020, perhaps via technology that doesn’t exist in 2019, which is always exciting.

 Maggie Leyes                      SVP of Content  Strategy

2019 was an exciting year that brought new jobs and a move to Virginia for my family. I’m thankful to do what I love and work for a mission I believe in, and I resolve to strengthen my financial wellness in 2020.

 Christi Duncan  Content Strategy  Director

I’m most grateful for my family’s health during the last year. 

I am most looking forward to working with my talented and agile peers in new ways reaching consumers in 2020.

 Nate McGrath      AVP of Strategy  and Product

I'm grateful for the opportunity to work for a company that helps educate and change the lives of so many people. There is no greater fulfillment then seeing first-hand all that Life Happens can help give to those in need.

I can't wait for the opportunities that 2020 brings and resolve to personally empower my loves ones to make decisions that put their health, wellness and personal goals first.

 Jacob Ottenheimer                      Product Marketing Specialist

I’m grateful for the health of myself and my family as well as all the new places and people I met throughout the course of the year.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone to take Life Happens to new heights, and build on wonderful growth from 2019.

Josh Dunham                                                    VP of Partnerships

Thank you for appreciating our holiday season thoughts and memories. Please see below for additional staff quotes.

What I am grateful for is the strong loving relationship I have with all my family and the opportunity to have worked with the best people on the Life Happens team.

 Marvin Feldman, CLU, ChFC, RFC  CEO Emeritus

I am happy for all the relationships in my life—family, friends, colleagues and clients—because you can lose your money and you can lose your health, but the only thing that really counts is the people that care about you.

I am grateful to have had the chance to work with the only objective, not for profit organization in our country dedicated to making consumers aware of their need to protect their families from death, disability and long-term care events and the multiple options to ease the burdens those events cause for families and businesses. It is a noble organization with a dedicated and creative staff.

 Brian Ashe, CLU                Executive Vice President

This past year I am super grateful for a work team that is forward thinking and excited for the future. I'm also grateful for their their patience because software is complicated, but 2020 will reward that patience.

On a personal note for 2020, I look forward to gaining an even deeper understanding of the industry and about how Life Happens can contribute to it through technology. Additionally I resolve to find a holiday picture of me when I was young.

 Jeremy Vaught                  Director of Engineering

I am grateful for my family,
my girlfriend, the opportunity
to work with Life Happens and
the amazing staff and all the
blessings and challenges that
God has brought in my life,
because without the challenges
the successes wouldn't be as sweet. 

I'm looking forward to be a better version of myself in all respect as I grow from 2019 to 2020 and I'm looking forward to progress my career with Life Happens.

 Nabeel Zahid                          Sales Development  Representative 

This holiday season,
I am grateful for the
overwhelming support
from all of Life Happens’
supporters. As a
nonprofit, we couldn’t
do what we do every
day without the support
of our partners and
advocates. And that
same sentiment goes to 
those mentors and close colleagues who took time away from their businesses and families in helping me give my best to Life Happens for the good of this worthy industry.
 
And for 2020, I am looking forward to having our insurance awareness campaigns be that much more impactful. Our partnership with Brooke Shields and our Public Service Announcement playing in the middle of Times Square were the culmination of this industry pulling together to make a difference for the benefit of others. I can’t wait to see what we can do together in 2020. 

 Faisa Stafford, LUTCF              President
 and CFO

I’m grateful to work
for an organization
that cares so much
about giving back
through our Life
Lessons Scholarship
Program. Calling
scholarship recipients
with the news remains
my favorite day of the year.

In 2019, I visited my 25th U.S. state; in 2020, I’m looking forward to exploring new places and crossing off a few more states on my list. Maybe I’ll get to 50!

 Andrea Englert                          Manager of Consumer and Industry  Programs

I'm grateful for the
opportunity to work
for a company that
helps educate and
change the lives of
so many people.
There is no greater
fulfillment then
seeing first-hand all
that Life Happens
can help give to
those in need.

I can't wait for the opportunities that 2020 brings and resolve to personally empower my loves ones to make decisions that put their health, wellness and personal goals first.

Jacob Ottenheimer                      Product Marketing Specialist

This holiday season, I am
humbled and thankful for
the four walls surrounding
me, the roof above my
head and the means to
live comfortably while so
many in this world are
unable to access the
luxuries we take for
granted such as a pillow
to rest or a jacket to keep
warm.

I am also grateful for the new career afforded to me by Life Happens as it has provided me the opportunity to serve our community through a variety of avenues including education on the significance of life insurance ownership to secure the financial futures of their families.

 Jon Kia                                                            VP of Corporate Relations

I’m very thankful to be a part of an innovated, energetic team that encourages professional
strength and collaboration.

In 2020, I’m looking forward to going on more outdoor adventures, getting involved in my community, and learning to
slow down to enjoy every
moment with my family.

 Julie Holsinger    Consumer Education  Consultant

I’m very thankful to be a part of an innovated, energetic team that encourages professional strength and collaboration.

In 2020, I’m looking forward to going on more outdoor
adventures, getting involved in my community, and learning to slow down to enjoy every moment with my family.

 Julie Holsinger                                          Consumer Education Consultant

I’m grateful for the health of myself and my family as well as all the new places and people I met throughout the course of the year.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone to take Life Happens to new heights, and build on wonderful growth from 2019.

 Josh Dunham                                      VP of Partnerships

This holiday season, I am
humbled and thankful for
the four walls surrounding
me, the roof above my
head and the means to
live comfortably while so
many in this world are
unable to access the
luxuries we take for
granted such as a pillow
to rest or a jacket to keep
warm.

I am also grateful for the new career afforded to me by Life Happens as it has provided me the opportunity to serve our community through a variety of avenues including education on the significance of life insurance ownership to secure the financial futures of their families.

Jon Kia                                                    VP of Corporate Relations

I am grateful for my family, my girlfriend, the opportunity to work with Life Happens and the amazing staff and all the blessings and challenges that God has brought in my life, because without the challenges the successes wouldn't be as sweet. 

I'm looking forward to be a better version of myself in all respect as I grow from 2019 to 2020 and I'm looking forward to progress my career with Life Happens.

 Nabeel Zahid                                  Sales Development Representative