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Women in Insurance and Financial Services Honors Accomplished Women to the Circle of Excellence

Jacksonville, FL (January 5, 2016)— Selected members of Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) were recognized for their high achievements on October 30 during the 2015 National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Circle of Excellence recognizes WIFS members who achieve significant income levels in the insurance and financial services industry. This prestigious recognition is based on annual production for the previous year, and is awarded at the annual WIFS Circle of Excellence Awards Luncheon. A record breaking 158 members qualified for this distinction with reported combined income of $47.5 million.

The Northeast Florida Chapter has three members that made the list: Cindy Bohn, Angela Brown and Jeanne Peterson. Cindy Bohn achieved the Diamond Level Circle of Excellence level with Angela Brown and Jeanne Peterson achieving the Topaz Level Circle of Excellence level.

Circle of Excellence (from left): Jeanne Peterson, Cindy Bohn, Angela Brown
2015 Northeast Florida WIFS Circle of Excellence (from left): Jeanne Peterson, Cindy Bohn, Angela Brown

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Cheryl Canzanella is honored as WIFS National’s Member of the Year 

The Member of the Year award recognizes the consistent and ongoing commitment and contribution to WIFS on a local or national level. This year’s recipient is CHERYL CANZANELLA, LUTC, Brokerage Director at MassMutual and WIFS NEFL’s Founding Chapter President.
Cheryl has enjoyed long term success in the industry and has been recognized within the industry and her community for her accomplishments. As the President Elect of Jacksonville’s National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Cheryl serves at the local, state and national level and was the recipient of the 2014 NAIFA-FL President’s Award. She is the Founding Past President of the Northeast Florida chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) and was nominated for WIFS National’s Woman of the Year Award in 2014. In 2014 she was honored for her personal and professional accomplishments as one of Jacksonville’s 40 Under 40 and was recognized as a finalist for Pioneer of the Year for Women in Business in 2015.   

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Grace Staten wins AFWA’s Outstanding Achievment Award

Grace Staten wins Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance’s (AFWA) Outstanding Achievment Award at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh during their annual meeting in October!  This award is given to an AFWA member who set the standard of excellence in her professional life through leadership, mentoring and career achievement. Grace is the Marketng Director for MassMutual Financial Design Associates and is our 2016 incoming WIFS NEFL President.

Founded in 1938, the mission of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession. 


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WIFS of Northeast Florida hosts a discussion on Business Ownership Success

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Jacksonville FL – March 22 2015….Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) March Lunch & Learn entitled “Helping Small Businesses Grow and Succeed” was held on Tuesday March 10, 2015.  Tara Showalter, President of the Northeast Florida Chapter of WIFS kicked off the lunch by introducing Cathy Hagan, Area Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida (UNF).   “The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at UNF offers entrepreneurs access to business solutions that help them grow and succeed.  Thus, we wanted to share its very valuable services; the SBDC not only assists potential owners in getting their businesses started, but also helps entrepreneurs make sound decisions on an ongoing basis,” said Showalter.

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