The National Association of Health Underwriters opened its annual convention and exhibition Sunday in Las Vegas with a look back and words of optimism toward the future.

“Our convention each year is a celebration of what we do … and in spite of everything we are experiencing, we’ve made a lot of strides this year,” said NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein in front of nearly 800 attendees at The Wynn. “We’ve achieved many of the goals we set for ourselves.”

Among the highlights Trautwein outlined were NAHU organized compliance calls that constantly hit the maximum of 1,000 participants and wellness videos which had exceptional viewership.

She also looked toward the future, saying that in the next year NAHU will revamp its website, and recently moved into new offices in Washington. “This is the new and improved future and we are ready for whatever the future might bring, whatever it is,” she said.

Also speaking at the convention was NAHU immediate past president and EBA columnist Mel Schlesinger, who reflected on his time at NAHU. For him, the biggest takeaway was all of the friendships he made traveling the country, he said.

Yet, as Bruce Benton takes his reign as president, Schlesinger also looked toward the future. “I think the future for insurance agents is amazingly bright,” Schlesinger said. “No matter what happens with the Supreme Court, the future is incredible because the American consumer is going to need … insurance agents to help them protect their families.”

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