The National Fraternal Congress of America has hired Joseph J. Annotti as its new president and CEO, effective March 24. Annotti replaces Frederick H. Grubbe, who resigned in May. Since that time, NFCA’s Director of Government Affairs Bob Huxel has served as interim president and CEO. With Annotti’s hiring, Huxel will return his focus to the governmental affairs position.
“The NFCA and its board of directors are delighted to welcome Mr. Annotti as the new president and CEO,” said Katharine E. Rounthwaite, chair of the NFCA board. “We are confident that Mr. Annotti’s experience and expertise will help drive the association’s strategic planning and lead the evolution of the fraternal benefit system.”
“I am honored to have been selected by the NFCA Board,” said Annotti. “Fraternal benefit societies play an important and often overlooked role in the social fabric and financial strength of our nation. Working with the NFCA members and staff, I hope to contribute to the expansion of the fraternal system and to make certain that public policymakers at all levels understand the important altruistic and economic contributions made by these organizations.”
With more than 20 years experience in association management, Annotti joins the NFCA after serving as senior vice president of public affairs for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. At PCI, he managed the association’s public affairs and media relations activities, and developed and delivered public policy messages on the association’s key issues to the trade, business and consumer media.
Prior to joining PCI, Annotti served as vice president of marketing communications for American Business Insurance, a national insurance broker. Additionally, he spent more than eight years with Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California as vice president of public affairs.
The 122-year-old NFCA unites 74 not-for-profit fraternal benefit societies operating in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The association represents 10 million fraternalists in 37,000 local chapters, making it one of America’s largest member-volunteer networks. Combined, the NFCA’s member societies maintain more than $329 billion of life insurance-in-force and, in 2006 alone, contributed almost $410 million to charitable and fraternal programs, and volunteered nearly 95 million hours for community-service projects.
Source: Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
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