Dennis Cuccinelli Receives NAIFA’s Inaugural Membership Hard Hat Award

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The 2022 National Membership Chair has dedicated his time and effort to bring more financial security professionals into belonging to their professional association

NAIFA's Dennis Cuccinelli

NAIFA 2022 Membership Hard Hat Award Winner Dennis Cuccinelli.

We rely on people like Dennis. He will not only roll up his sleeves to personally encourage individuals and groups to join NAIFA but inspires other NAIFA leaders to do the same.

Dennis Cuccinelli, LACP, an Independent Advisor from Paramus, NJ, has received the inaugural Annual Membership Hard Hat Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). He was presented the award by current NAIFA President Lawrence Holzberg, LUTCF, LACP, and incoming 2023 President Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP, November 14 in Washington, D.C., at NAIFA’s Belong awards celebration that was part of the National Leadership Conference.

Cuccinelli is a member of NAIFA’s Board of Trustees and serves as the 2022 National Membership Chair. Himself a tireless recruiter of NAIFA members, Cuccinelli led an effort that made great progress in the association’s recruitment of new members since the organization’s restructuring in 2019. As National Membership Chair, Cuccinelli was the visionary behind creation of NAIFA’s 100% Agency and Financial Security Champion programs that encourage group memberships by firms and agencies.

“Dennis Cuccinelli epitomizes the hard work that goes into recruiting and retaining new members for our great association,” said Holzberg. “Dennis is our natural choice for the first-ever annual Membership Hard Hat Award. Insurance and financial services remains a largely word-of-mouth business when it comes to building our practices and finding new clients. NAIFA is no different when we are recruiting new members. We rely on people like Dennis. He will not only roll up his sleeves to personally encourage individuals and groups to join NAIFA but inspires other NAIFA leaders to do the same.”

Cuccinelli is the past-president of NAIFA-NJ. He has promoted increased responsibility among insurance producers in New Jersey via changes to the New Jersey Insurance Regulations and is the catalyst of a bill that became law in 2011. He has testified before the New Jersey Assembly Banking and Insurance Committee in support of stronger producer compliance regulations.

Cuccinelli received the Life Happens realLIFEstories Award and is the recipient of the Central Jersey Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ Life Underwriter of the Year Award and the New Jersey Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Underwriter of the Year Award. He is also a recipient of NEF’s Edward E. Phillips Outstanding Citizenship Award.

The NAIFA Membership Hard Hat Award is a new award created to recognize volunteer leaders who show extraordinary dedication to building NAIFA’s membership. NAIFA presents quarterly Membership Hard Hat Awards to recipients from around the country as well as the annual award.

ABOUT NAIFA: The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors is the preeminent membership association for the multigenerational community of financial professionals in the United States. NAIFA members subscribe to a strong Code of Ethics and represent a full spectrum of financial services practice specialties. They work with families and businesses to help Americans improve financial literacy and achieve financial security. NAIFA provides producers a national community for advocacy, education and networking along with awards, publications and leadership opportunities to allow NAIFA members to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. NAIFA has 53 state and territorial chapters and 35 large metropolitan local chapters. NAIFA members in every congressional district advocate on behalf of producers and consumers at the state, interstate and federal levels.

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