Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The End of an Era

By Heath Waddington, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

The beginning of 2017 marked the end of an era at Ann Arbor Annuity Exchange (AAAE). Van Lumbard stepped down as president at the end of last year to start a new journey: retirement. He will remain on for the next few months as a consultant to ensure a smooth transition for our producers. Even in retirement, it was important to Van that AAAE be left in the best possible position to succeed. That is just the kind of guy he is. 

Van was instrumental in building AAAE up to an elite level to compete with the top marketing organizations in the industry. So many of the marketing organizations that were around when AAAE was founded are now long forgotten.

Van always reminded us that the insurance industry was built on relationships, and as such he worked to mold AAAE into a service model that puts producers first. There are numerous people working for insurance companies around the industry that cut their teeth working under Van. He is a mentor to many and made a lasting impact on the insurance industry. He will be sorely missed by those of us that have worked with him for so many years on a daily basis.

Please help us in congratulating Van on a tremendous career and a well-deserved retirement!