Jim Poolman

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Jim Poolman serves as the Executive Director of the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC), a coalition of life insurance companies that have come together to increase the dialogue surrounding fixed indexed annuities (FIAs).

In addition to serving as the IALC’s Executive Director, Poolman has been elected twice to serve as North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner. While Commissioner, Poolman worked to strengthen laws to protect citizens against insurance fraud. Under Poolman’s leadership, the scope of consumer protection widened, in North Dakota and nationally, as he spearheaded landmark legislation related to suitability of sales, life settlements, among a host of others. Poolman has also held many leadership posts with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) during his tenure, serving as Chairman of the Life Insurance and Annuities Committee for two years and Vice President of the organization in 2004.

Before being elected Insurance Commissioner in 2000, Poolman served four terms in the North Dakota House of Representatives and was a trust officer for the Bremer Bank. In 2007, Poolman left his post to start an independent regulatory consulting practice. He advises insurance companies and producer clients on regulatory issues, working with regulators on their behalf.

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  • The Secure Act’s most impactful changes are designed to expand access to employer-sponsored retirement products and help savers think about their nest egg in terms of lifetime income, which is ultimately the point of retirement savings to begin with. Smart financial professionals already incorporate these goals into their strategies; the provisions contained in the Secure Act would only make it easier.