FALLBROOK – Marc Sigmon, agent/CEO of Marc Sigmon Insurance Agency, spent three days in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Congressional Conference. The congressional conference, held May 23-24, was to build or establish relationships with local advisors and agents within each district to address critical issues now and into the future.
Sigmon was one of 30 delegates from across California to meet with members of the House of Representatives that represent San Diego County. He also was selected as one of nine attendees to meet with Senator Dianne Feinstein's Washington office.
NAIFA is the largest and oldest association established in the 1860s when they first met with President Abraham Lincoln. The local San Diego affiliate named Sigmon as its leader to build membership, increase professional development, and continue the advocacy on behalf of agents and the clients they serve. Throughout the U.S., NAIFA has members in every congressional district where they advocate to ensure the best interests of their clients are considered with prospective legislation.
Throughout the pandemic, NAIFA has been active in California. Agents and financial advisors were exempted from employee classification criteria contained in AB 5, which was passed and signed into law. In 2021, financial services offices were included on the essential workers' list. In 2022, proposed legislative bills known as AB 1400 and SB 927 were defeated before being presented to the chambers for a vote. When asked, Sigmon said, "These are just a few examples of the hard work done each day by NAIFA members. I am proud to be part of this organization."
Congressional staff were eager to learn about fundamental issues facing the insurance and finance industry on the local, state, and federal level. This was Sigmon's first time attending the event in person. Last year, he participated in the conference virtually. Sigmon took advantage of the opportunity to visit local monuments and memorials while in Washington. He also met with industry leaders and learned valuable information during the professional development events.
This August, NAIFA-California will meet with the local congressional offices while representatives will be in their respective districts. Sigmon said he hopes to build attendance for each event, adding, "When our clients or constituents need us the most, we are there for them. Working together with legislatures makes me a better agent and allows me to serve my clients better."
A retired veteran, Sigmon has spent the last six years serving his community, families, veterans, and business owners with the services he provides.
Submitted by Marc Sigmon Insurance Agency.