Name: Catherine Weatherford Job Title: President & CEO of IRI Company Name: Insured Retirement Institute (IRI)Biography: Catherine Weatherford is the President and CEO of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), the leading not-for-profit organization educating Americans on the importance of retirement planning, including the growth, acceptance and understanding of annuity and variable life products. Weatherford led the association through an extensive and successful rebranding over the last year, bringing in more than 70,000 financial advisors as members. As a result of her leadership and accomplishments, Weatherford was selected as one of the nation’s top association executives for 2010, joining the ranks of 20 elite leaders that were selected from hundreds of candidates.
Distinguished as a thought leader on issues related to retirement security, Weatherford was invited to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security in historic Wye River, Maryland in the Fall of 2010. In addition, she is a member of the U.S. Chamber's Association Committee of 100, as well as the Exchequer Club, the preeminent forum in Washington, D.C. for national economic and financial policy.
Referred to as the “primary trade association for annuities” by U.S. News & World Report, as well as “the annuity industry’s main trade group” by National Underwriter, IRI has quickly become the go-to source for the media and a trusted supplier of high-quality research, education and much more.
Prior to joining IRI, Weatherford served for 12 years as CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Weatherford was also the first woman to serve as Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner – a position she held from 1991-1995 after serving as a senior policy advisor to Oklahoma Governor David Walters. Weatherford began her career serving in several capacities in her 13-year tenure at the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Social Networks:
The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is a not-for-profit organization and is the authoritative source of all things pertaining to annuities, insured retirement strategies and retirement planning. IRI exists to vigorously promote consumer confidence in the value and viability of insured retirement strategies, bringing together the interests of the industry, financial advisors and consumers under one umbrella.
IRI’s mission is to: encourage industry adherence to highest ethical principles; promote better understanding of the insured retirement value proposition; develop and promote best practice standards to improve value delivery; and to advocate before public policy makers on critical issues affecting insured retirement strategies.
Company Announcement: Examine the latest marketing approaches, product development trends, and advisor engagement strategies at the premier event for marketing and sales professionals in the insured retirement industry: IRI Marketing Summit 2013. Featured speakers will include Sergio Zyman, CEO of the Zyman Group and Former Chief Marketing Officer for The Coca-Cola Company; Trish Regan, Host, Street Smart and Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Television; Leo Abruzzeese, Global Forecasting Director and Principal Analyst for the United States for The Economist; and Lisa Bodell, Founder and CEO of futurethink. The Summit will be held March 6-8, 2013, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, visit http://www.iriconferences.org/?cat=176