2017 Pittsburgh Spartan Race

There’s nothing like getting up early on a Saturday morning and feeling alive!  The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

Thanks, Spartan Race for another great experience.

Official Results:  https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2591/results?profile=286351886

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Life Insurance You Don’t Have to Die to Use

An “Asset Protector” Package Enhances Flexibility

by John Deremo

For the first time in the life insurance industry, you’re able to tell clients something they’ve never heard before: “If you don’t die prematurely, you may be able to spend your entire death benefit on virtually anything you want.”

Because of this sea change in the way life insurance death benefits can be accessed, clients have the opportunity to view their life insurance policy more like an asset than an expense. That’s the concept that’s revolutionizing the life insurance industry. An innovative asset protector package has the potential to help increase clients’ financial security during retirement.

 Chronic Illness Protection

Keep in mind that for many people, the biggest risk to their assets during retirement is a significant illness that would require expensive care. This could result from a physical problem, such as a debilitating stroke, or from a cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

 To help protect assets from the devastating financial impact of these types of conditions, clients may be able to leverage a chronic illness rider that’s included or available with many permanent life insurance policies. If clients meet the rider’s criteria, they can access their life insurance policy’s death benefit – while they’re still alive – to pay for their health care or other expenses and help preserve their retirement assets for their surviving spouse. The access to cash value in the policy is available through an acceleration of the death benefit, although with a corresponding reduction in the benefit.

If clients live to age 85 or beyond and don’t suffer a chronic illness or a cognitive impairment, their financial concerns may change again. They may be more concerned about having sufficient income for the rest of their retirement. The solution is longevity insurance.

Longevity Protection

A longevity rider on a life insurance policy provides that when a client reaches the age specified in the contract (for example, age 85), he or she can begin receiving a percentage of the death benefit (for example, 10 percent) each year for a specified number of years, such as 10.

 With a $250,000 policy, that could mean access to an additional $25,000 per year. With a $1 million death benefit, the available sum may be $100,000 per year for 10 years. As with a chronic illness rider, the access to cash value in the policy is through an acceleration of the death benefit that reduces the death benefit accordingly. But imagine what having “life insurance you don’t have to die to use” could do for clients’ financial security when their retirement portfolio may be straining to generate the retirement income they need.

 This hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only. Not an actual case and intended solely to depict how the product features might work. It does not reflect the value of any specific Policy. Restrictions and limitations apply.

 A Multipurpose Solution

Ultimately, whether clients are most concerned about dying too soon, living too long or getting sick along the way, an asset protector package – comprised of a life insurance policy, a chronic illness rider and a longevity rider – is designed to offer the flexibility to help clients achieve their financial goals. For more information about asset protector packages, contact NGG toll-free by dialing 888-207-8642.

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Policies issued by American General Life Insurance Company (AGL) except in New York, where issued by The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York (US Life). Issuing companies AGL and US Life are responsible for financial obligations of insurance products and are members of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Guarantees are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Products may not be available in all states and product features may vary by state. Please refer to your contract.



A Father’s Blessing

WatchinCasey Special Olympics Vol. 9.16.2017g our kids grow into solid young men has been an absolute blessing in my life.  My son Casey (shown) recently spent the day with his UT Swimming teammates giving back to the athletes competing in the Texas Special Olympics.

Casey is a blessing from above.  I could not love and admire this young man more.


Pennsylvania Spartan Super was ‘NO JOKE”

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Pennsylvania Spartan Race – Super

The 2017 Pennsylvania Spartan Super held on July 8th proved to be “NO JOKE” as advertised.  The treacherous, challenging, mentally stressful course was designed to push a Spartans limits in every way.  So proud of my son Carter for completing the Varsity Kids Spartan Race.  He is truly a blessing – can’t wait to watch him grow into a true Elite Spartan!

The entire Spartan Team is unbelievably professional and without question, the very best in the business.  Thanks guys!

Great ride with my son Carter after we completed our Spartan Races

Great ride with my son Carter after we completed our Spartan Races

Fire Jump to Finish Line

2017 Pittsburgh Terrain Race – Tons of Fun!

A huge THANK YOU to all the employees and volunteers of this weekend’s Pittsburgh Terrain Race! Saturday was a beautiful morning accompanied by a high degree of discomfort on the course….well-done!  @Terrainracing

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Get Muddy For A Cause

The Next Generation OCR Team is proud to announce the 1st Annual Get Muddy For A Cause.  The team compiled of both great clients and friends will be completing the 2017 Pittsburgh Tough Mudder on September 10, 2017.  We are so proud to complete the course to benefit the Semper Fi Fund (https://semperfifund.org/).

The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, they’ve issued 137,000 grants, totaling more than $150 million in assistance to over 18,500 of our heroes and their families.

Please go to our Team Site to make a small donation.  Every little bit truly helps!

Team Full Muddy Jacket –


Thank you!

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The Next Generation…They’re Green?

To be clear, I am in no way suggesting you grab your family each morning for a group hug around the large tree in the front yard.  Nor am I suggesting you begin capturing rain water in large pails to bathe.  BUT, I am suggesting we all listen a little more clearly to what our children’s generation is shouting out. While on the phone recently, my 20-year-old son Casey, made me consider how valuable and important simply sustainability could be.  Guess what, it could not be more simple – living green and sustainable means creating a lifestyle that works with yourself and nature, instead of against it, and does “zero” long-term or irreversible damage to any part of the environment.  Living “large & in charge” in old news.  Living “smart & simple” is well, SMART!
Casey Mission to Haiti 2014
 As a parent that has attempted to teach his children the X’s & O’s of life, it is so gratifying to know that I can learn a few things from them. I could not be more proud that my son is majoring in Sustainable Design & Architecture at the University of Texas.  If he one day chooses to live in a sustainable designed tiny house with his family, I will be blessed to have taken a small part in raising such a good and caring human being.
My family tree is clearly starting to bloom  🙂