Albany, New York, October 11, 2016 — NAIFA-NYS President Larry Holzberg today congratulated the state’s Syracuse association for recently winning the coveted Jack E. Bobo Award of Excellence—considered by NAIFA to be “the pinnacle of achievement within the NAIFA federation”—for the organization’s efforts in 2015-2016.  The Bobo award highlights associations that excel in all facets of management, including Advocacy & Government Relations, Governance & Administration, Membership, and Programs & Professional Development.

“The 172-member strong Syracuse local,” said President Holzberg, “has long been one of NAIFA-NYS’ most active associations and has demonstrated a commitment to serving and growing its membership. The award is well-deserved and is a reminder, as NAIFA-NYS re-energizes and recommits to its members, of how dedicated New York NAIFA members are to serving their communities.”

“We’re honored that NAIFA recognizes the work we’ve done this year,” said Syracuse AIFA President Dan Dalin. “We strive to give agents in our area the resources they need to excel in the industry and to serve consumers in a caring and ethical way, and are proud to say that our members serve their clients with distinction.  The challenges facing advisors today certainly reinforce the need to join NAIFA.”

Leading the Syracuse association in 2015-2016 were President Gary Cappon, then-President Elect Dan Dalin, Secretary/Treasurer Sam Chavarria, and Immediate Past President Michael Caron.

Richard Cote served last year as the Syracuse National Committeeman, joined by Russell Andrews as IFAPAC/APIC chair, Andy Schaffel heading up the Young Advisors Team (YAT), and Kiehl Hutchings leading the Health Committee, among other distinguished volunteers.

The Bobo award is named for Jack E. Bobo, CLU, FLMI, who served with distinction as a NAIFA president and executive vice president.

More information about the Syracuse AIFA is available on its web site,

The National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors-NYS (NAIFA-NYS) represents exclusively the interests of thousands of life insurance agents and financial advisors throughout New York. It advocates for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhanced business and professional skills, and the ethical conduct of its members in order to protect consumers and to encourage a healthy marketplace.  Further details are available at

For more information, please contact Greg Serio, NAIFA-NYS Executive Director, at 518-915-1661 or or Candace Thorson, Deputy Executive Director at 518-915-1661 or

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