Henderson conference about life insurance

POSTED: 06/24/16 9:08 PM


Next week Thursday at Belair Community Center

St. Maarten News – For the third consecutive year, insurance broker Henderson organizes an educational conference with top speakers of the Central Bank and three different insurance companies. Under the slogan Make Your Dash Count, the event will kick off at the Belair Community Center next week Thursday at 5.30 p.m.

Insurance broker Neil Henderson explained yesterday that these educational conferences are his way of giving value back to the community. “The world is changing dramatically and the risks people are exposed to, are taking a turn for the worse. People have to look more at themselves and less at governments for solutions.”

Henderson refers to the recent bombing in Brussels as an example of the risks in the current climate. “People are looking at the insurance sector to provide security but unfortunately our sector is least understood. Therefore, every year we listen to our customers and we assess the main concerns that they have. Then we create a theme for our conference.”

The conference will address the stages in people’s lives – from birth to death – and explain how they can make use of life insurance policies. “You go from birth through the education phase of your life towards the moment you are having a family and buying a home until retirement,” Henderson says. “During all these stages there are specific life insurance products available to protect people’s assets.”

Henderson is not among the featured speakers this time, but he will moderate the event. The speakers are Jean Candelaria, head of the institutional investors’ general supervision department of the Central Bank, Terrence Dublin, senior operations manager at Nagico Life Insurances, Gilbert Martina, senior managing director at Ennia and Steven Martina, president and CEO of the Guardian Group.

“They have in common that they are all prepared to provide useful tips to representatives of the government and the parliament about how this industry can function better,” Henderson says. “There will be a lot of emphasis on life insurance and pension plans.”

Henderson added that the most interesting group is in the 45-54 age category. “That is when you have parents paying for the higher education of their children while they also may have to care for their elderly father or mother.

The insurance broker notes that a life insurance policy does not only benefit the family of its holder after death. “You can also benefit from it during your life, for instance by using it as a security against a mortgage.”

Last year, more than 400 people attended the conference Henderson then hosted at the Belair Community Center about financial planning aimed at “acquiring, protecting and transferring wealth to the next generation.”

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