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Lewer US and Lewer Canada Attend Winter Shaw Conventions

In January, Lewer US was represented by Senior Account Manager Tom Kohl at the annual Shaw convention, in Orlando, Florida. The convention was held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. A total of 1,058 dealers from the U.S. and Canada attended the convention.

Shaw planned a number of events including a live band the last night of the convention with a Mardi Gras themed gala, as well as a trip to Universal Studios. A great time was had by all,” said Kohl. “We had a number of dealers stop by the booth to check out why Lewer is a one-stop benefits shop.”

In February, Craig Griffith, Director, Business Development for Lewer Canada Ltd. (LCL) attended his second Shaw Winter Markets convention in Southern Ontario near Niagara Falls.

Griffith presented to the Territory Managers attending the conference, as he did last year. “The focus for the next couple of weeks will be reaching out to the TMs and providing them with information about LCL and what we can offer their dealers,” said Griffith.

He also commented that at the Niagara Falls conference, traffic was more spread out this year compared to last year. “I came away with some solid leads of businesses interested in investigating Group Benefits with LCL,” he said.

New LewerMark Orientation Video Launched

The Lewer Agency has launched a new LewerMark student orientation video, produced by Virtual Media Group, a marketing video production company in St. Louis, Missouri. The infographic presentation explains health care in the United States to incoming international students.

LewerMark Marketing Communications Specialist Nikki Thorn and members of the LewerMark team worked with Virtual Media Group, incorporating input from client schools.

“The video turned out really well. A lot of thought was put into understanding health care from an international student’s perspective,” said Thorn. “We took great care to make sure that someone who may have limited understanding of English would find the video helpful. We expect that it will be very useful. We have asked our client schools to share the link to the LewerMark video with students before they arrive on campus.”

Click here to view the new LewerMark student orientation video.

LLIC Fixed Income Investment Advisor, Commerce Trust, Wins Prestigious Lipper Award

Lewer Life Insurance Company is pleased to announce that Lipper, a leading provider of mutual fund information, analytical tools and commentary, has given Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc. its highest rating in the Best Fixed Income Small Fund Group. Commerce Investment Advisors took the top spot out of 67 qualified companies in this category receiving an asset class group award1. Scott Colbert, Director of Fixed Income Management, The Commerce Trust Company and Commerce Investment Advisors, Inc., accepted the honor March 20, 2014 at an awards ceremony in New York.

According to a news release dated March 21, 2014, Fund groups with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios in the respective asset classes are eligible for a group award. The lowest average decile rank of the three years’ Consistent Return measure of the eligible funds per asset class and group determines the asset class group award winner of the three-year period. The small fund group category must have at least three distinct portfolios in one of the asset classes – equity, bond, or mixed-asset. The threshold for determining large and small companies is $50.7 billion as of 11/30/13.

“This recognition provides further evidence that Commerce Investment Advisors and its Fixed Income group continue to deliver strong nominal and relative performance,” Colbert said upon accepting the award. “I attribute our success over time to our focus on maximizing risk-adjusted return and our position as a money management arm within a high-quality bank. I believe it’s our credit work and the ability to identify value in various fixed income sectors that really distinguishes us on a relative basis over this time period and that has allowed us to work our way into the top percentile rankings.”

“Scott and his team have managed LLIC’s fixed income bond portfolio since December 2006,” said Mike Lewer. “The LLIC board of directors have enjoyed working with Scott and his team through the years and fully understand how deserving they are of receiving this prestigious award for the second consecutive year.”

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