Carver earns LUTCF professional designation

Aug 06, 2014
Photo by: Donated Wendy Smathers Carver

Wendy Smathers Carver, agency manager of Haywood County Farm Bureau Insurance in Waynesville, has earned the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) professional designation. The LUTCF is conferred only upon those individuals who meet or exceed the exacting qualification standards determined by the two organizations that jointly sponsor the designation, the American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

The designation marks an agent’s long-term commitment to professionalism on behalf of clients, establishes the agent’s competence and business experience, marks a commitment to The American College’s and NAIFA’s Code of Ethics and fosters additional professional development. In addition to the successful completion of five courses within a 10-course curriculum, LUTCF candidates must also complete an ethics course and be a member in good standing of NAIFA.

Conferees are honored during the American College’s national Knowledge Summit and Commencement exercises. This event will take place in 2015.  Each fall, local NAIFA associations also hold conferment ceremonies.

Carver is a member of the WNC Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and has been active in the profession for six years. She is a native and resident of Haywood County and lives in Waynesville with her husband and two young sons.

Following a successful career as an agent in the Haywood County office, she became manager in January 2013. She has worked to promote the agency within the community through active involvement, by giving back and through special recognition of individuals.

Haywood County Farm Bureau has started a Christmas Giving Project, cooked and served a special barbecue dinner for all county law enforcement, memorialized members of the farm community who have passed in farm related accidents, and various other projects under Carver’s leadership.

“Not only do we insure peoples standard of living, we also like to make life a little better for our citizens in the process,” she said. “I’ve never mentioned a project or special need to my team that they haven’t jumped at the chance to be a part of. Many hands make light work, and everyone pitches in to help. It’s a blessing to work with this group every day. I wonder how many people can say that.”

Founded in 1890 as the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), NAIFA is one of the nation’s oldest and largest associations representing the interest of insurance professionals from every Congressional district in the United States.  NAIFA members assist customers by focusing the practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. NAIFA’s mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members.

The American College is the nation’s largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services.  Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 86 years.  The American College’s faculty represents some of the financial services industry’s foremost thought leaders.

For more information, contact Carver at the Haywood County Farm Bureau office. To learn more about Farm Bureau Insurance and member benefits, visit www.ncfb.org. The office is located at 1520 Asheville Road, Waynesville, and has agents on staff daily ready to assist you with all lines of insurance needs.

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