The world is getting smaller and smaller by the day. And as a result, brokers’ potential to work with clients from other towns, other states and maybe even other countries is getting bigger and bigger.

Take, for example, the news on Jan. 22 that Willis Group Holdings will envelope its Human Capital and Benefits Practice into a global construct. The man tasked with leading the newly universal practice, Tim Wright, is already CEO of Willis International — a decision he says is intentional to ensure the leadership is truly global in nature. While Wright is busy settling in to his new role, he made time to talk with EBA about the company’s decision and much more, including the recent advancement of the National Association of Registered Brokers and Agents (also known as NARAB II) with its passage in the U.S. Senate. Both he and Jim Blaney, president of Willis North America’s Human Capital Practice, say they’re encouraged by what that organization might bring to the U.S. market by allowing brokers to get licensed in all states through one single membership — an opportunity that would open all brokers up to a bigger umbrella market just like their own restructuring is aiming to do.

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