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IFC Expands Industry Leadership as Audrey Villeneuve is Appointed to Women in Insurance and Financial Services Board of Directors

IFC Expands Industry Leadership as Audrey Villeneuve is Appointed to Women in Insurance and Financial Services Board of Directors

Villeneuve has organized events and spoken at industry conferences on the importance of increasing the number of women working in financial services; she will serve on the organization’s marketing and recruitment committees

Coon Rapids, MN (February 5, 2024) – IFC National Marketing (IFC), the fastest-growing insurance marketing organization (IMO) in the Midwest, is pleased to announce that senior sales consultant Audrey Villeneuve has accepted a board position with the Minnesota-Twin Cities chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS), a nationwide organization that offers professional development, mentorship, and peer support to female agents and advisors. 

Villenueve was recruited to join the WIFS board after successfully organizing and hosting events and speaking at insurance industry conferences on the importance of  increasing the number of women who work in financial services. The WIFS board appointment is indicative of Villeneuve’s commitment to elevating women insurance professionals and ushering in the next generation of female agents and advisors. During her tenure on the WIFS board, Villeneuve will serve on the marketing and recruitment committees.

“WIFS is a phenomenal organization created by women, for women, and I have been impressed with their commitment to support women through education, mentorship, and peer support,” said Villeneuve. “I’ve had the tremendous honor to learn from some incredible women at IFC and elsewhere as I have grown in my professional life, and I look forward to bringing those lessons into this new role to provide resources and connections that help women advance their careers.” 

Currently, women make up 60% of insurance industry employees but only 29% of senior leadership; meanwhile, only about 28% of financial advisors are women. WIFS hosts several educational events and webinars throughout the year, as well as networking events and other activities to change this dynamic. The group also offers scholarships and awards to recognize outstanding women in the industry. Villeneuve hopes to at least double membership in the organization by the end of 2024 and expand involvement from women in all parts of the insurance and financial advising industries. 

Learn more about IFC at IFCNationalMarketing.com or explore professional development opportunities through WIFS at wifsnational.org.

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About IFC National Marketing

IFC National Marketing, headquartered in Coon Rapids, MN, has been serving the insurance needs of Americans through its nationwide network of agents and brokers for more than 30 years. IFC National Marketing provides sales support for Medicare and group health plans, life insurance, fixed annuities, final expense, critical illness, voluntary workplace and long-term care solutions. IFC is on a mission to help independent agents and advisors succeed by delivering world-class service with a family feel. For more information, visit http://www.ifcnationalmarketing.com.

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Fairmont-based Action169 to receive $20,000 grant to prevent sexual exploitation and provide restorative care for residents in Southern and Central Minnesota

Fairmont-based Action169 to receive $20,000 grant to prevent sexual exploitation and provide restorative care for residents in Southern and Central Minnesota

IFC National Marketing in Fairmont to present Action169 with grant from the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies to fund local efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and provide restorative care


Fairmont, MN (November 9, 2023) — Fairmont-based Action169 will receive a major boost in its efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and provide restorative care for those who have been impacted when it receives a $20,000 grant from the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) Charitable Foundation next week. The organization, which among other efforts, operates Rose House, long-term residential and transitional care for individuals who are survivors of sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, and/or problematic substance abuse, was nominated for the grant by IFC National Marketing in Fairmont. Action169 serves residents in Southern and Central Minnesota.

 

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Presentation of $20,000 NAILBA grant check to Action169

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: IFC National Marketing, 1307 Albion Avenue, Suite #101, Fairmont

INTERVIEWS: Following the check presentation, representatives from Action169 and IFC National Marketing will be available for interviews.

 

IFC National Marketing, which was founded and has an office in Fairmont, recommended Action169 for the NAILBA Grant. IFC Managing Partner Todd Villeneuve will present the $20,000 check to Danielle Frietag, co-founder and executive director of Action169.

 

The NAILBA Charitable Foundation has contributed more than $3.5 million to more than 245 charities since 2002, and each year encourages members to present worthy organizations for funding consideration.

 

To learn more, visit IFCnationalmarketing.com or action169.com.

 

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About IFC National Marketing
IFC National Marketing, headquartered in Coon Rapids, MN, has been serving the insurance needs of Americans through its nationwide network of agents and brokers for more than 30 years. IFC National Marketing provides sales support for Medicare and group health plans, life insurance, fixed annuities, final expense, critical illness, voluntary workplace and long-term care solutions. IFC is on a mission to help independent agents and advisors succeed by delivering world-class service with a family feel. For more information, visit http://www.ifcnationalmarketing.com.

IFC National Marketing underscores commitment to independent insurance agents and financial advisors with appointment of Frankie Villeneuve as agent success specialist

IFC National Marketing underscores commitment to independent insurance agents and financial advisors with appointment of Frankie Villeneuve as agent success specialist

Villeneuve, the driving force behind Agent BuilderTM, IFC’s custom staff augmentation solution, will nurture the development of future agents and advisors and support hiring needs for independent agencies

Coon Rapids, MN (October 30, 2023) IFC National Marketing (IFC), the fastest-growing insurance marketing organization (IMO) in the Midwest, is pleased to introduce Frankie Villeneuve as the company’s agent success specialist. Since joining the company this summer, Villeneuve has spearheaded the creation of Agent BuilderTM by IFC, a custom staff augmentation and training solution that helps new agents break into insurance sales and supports the hiring needs of independent agencies. 

 

“Recruiting and retention continue to be significant challenges in the insurance industry, with more than 1.5 million open jobs, and resignations at a 10-year high. As a result, agencies need to either get creative about attracting new talent or find ways to maximize the employees they already have,” said Todd Villeneuve, managing partner,  IFC National Marketing. “In a few short months, Frankie has organized and hosted two, three-week Agent Builder boot camps that helped agents and agencies forge new career and business relationships, which is essential to the health and growth of the insurance industry.”  

 

A native of Rochester, MN, Villeneuve worked as an insurance agent at Equis Financial prior to joining IFC. He demonstrated his leadership skills as a two-year varsity lacrosse captain while studying history and political science at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC. 

 

“From our concierge service to the tools, resources, and guidance we deliver, IFC has a strong tradition of innovation and helping agents and advisors succeed in business and life,” said Villeneuve. “I’m proud to be part of this tradition and the organization my dad helped build, and I’m grateful for the chance to influence the future of the insurance and financial services industry.” 

 

To learn more, visit IFCnationalmarketing.com.

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About IFC National Marketing

IFC National Marketing, headquartered in Coon Rapids, MN, has been serving the insurance needs of Americans through its nationwide network of agents and brokers for more than 30 years. IFC National Marketing provides sales support for Medicare and group health plans, life insurance, fixed annuities, final expense, critical illness, voluntary workplace and long-term care solutions. IFC is on a mission to help independent agents and advisors succeed by delivering world-class service with a family feel. 

IFC National Marketing introduces Agent Builder to ease hiring challenges for independent insurance agencies

IFC National Marketing Introduces Agent Builder to Ease Hiring Challenges for Independent Insurance Agencies

COON RAPIDS, MINN. (JUNE 15, 2023) More than 65 million people are enrolled in the Medicare program and that number will continue to grow as the entirety of the Baby Boomer generation turns 65 by 2030. This translates into a significant opportunity for insurance agents who are prepared to sell Medicare products, while also exacerbating the long-held problem in the industry of finding and training agents to sell these complex products. To solve this problem, IFC National Marketing (IFC) has introduced a new program called Agent Builder that recruits and trains agents who are able to sell Medicare products effectively and generate income for agencies.

“Senior health and Medicare products represent a significant opportunity to grow an agency’s book of business. However, the struggle to find agents who understand the rules and regulations and who are prepared to sell Medicare products while managing their current book of business is very real for independent agencies,” said Todd Villeneuve, managing partner, IFC National Marketing. “With Agent Builder, IFC acts as the talent acquisition team for agencies, recruiting and training agents who can begin meeting the needs of senior clients from Day One. This alleviates stress and ensures that agencies do not miss out on growth opportunities.”

IFC National Marketing, an Integrity Marketing Company, is the Midwest's fastest-growing insurance marketing organization, providing business development, underwriting, and marketing support for independent insurance agents and financial advisors. With Agent Builder, IFC locates, recruits, and trains agents to sell Medicare products for participating insurance agencies. All agents IFC recruits will become licensed and certified to write policies with regional and national Medicare carriers, as well as products like health insurance, dental and vision, and Medicare Part D. Agents will also be trained to deliver Medicare 101 presentations to clients and how to conduct sales outreach for a “Turning 65” lead program.

Furthermore, the training provided by IFC will cover the introduction to quoting systems, rules and guidelines from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CRM best practices, and ethical communication and sales skills.

To learn more about Agent Builder, call Frankie or Todd Villeneuve at 507-358-1303 or email info@ifcnationalmarketing.com.

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About IFC National Marketing
IFC National Marketing, headquartered in Coon Rapids, MN, has been serving the insurance needs of Americans through its nationwide network of agents and brokers for more than 30 years. IFC National Marketing provides sales support for Medicare and group health plans, life insurance, fixed annuities, final expense, critical illness, voluntary workplace and long-term care solutions. IFC is on a mission to help independent agents and advisors succeed by delivering world-class service with a family feel. For more information, visit http://www.ifcnationalmarketing.com.

Todd Villeneuve named recipient of NAILBA 2022 Independent Distribution Twenty Award

Todd Villeneuve named recipient of NAILBA 2022 Independent Distribution Twenty Award

COON RAPIDS, MINN. (February 2, 2023) (National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies), the Voice of Independent Distribution (ID), has named Todd Villeneuve, managing partner of IFC National Marketing, as a recipient of its prestigious ID Twenty Awards. Now in its fourth year, the ID Twenty Awards honor Independent Distribution’s most courageous innovators and visionaries, who have made important contributions to the growth and success of independent agents and agencies. IFC National Marketing is the Midwest's fastest-growing insurance marketing organization, providing business development, underwriting, and marketing support for independent insurance agents and financial advisors.


“Independent insurance agents play a vital role in protecting the health and financial resources of individuals and families everywhere by providing Medicare coverage, life insurance, investment products, final expense insurance, and much more,” said Villeneuve. “Our team at IFC National Marketing is dedicated to helping agents and agencies increase their revenue by providing unparalleled support and the tools to ensure success, which is why the NAILBA ID Twenty Award recognition is so meaningful to me personally and to our organization.”

Originally from Fairmont, MN, Villeneuve first entered the financial services industry in 1993. He incorporated IFC in 2003 with his two business partners and helped lead the organization to its merger with Integrity Marketing Group in 2021. IFC currently supports more than 2,600 independent agents with life insurance, annuities, disability, long-term care, Medicare, and individual and group health products.

Outside of his leadership role at IFC, Villeneuve is an active board member of NAILBA. He is an avid Minnesota sports fan and attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he studied business and international relations. Villeneuve holds multiple securities licenses and is a Certified Long-term Care Professional. He resides in Rochester, MN with his wife Denise, but spends the warmer Minnesota months at his cabin in his hometown of Fairmont.

About IFC National Marketing
IFC National Marketing, headquartered in Fairmont, MN, was founded in 2003 by Todd Villeneuve, Dave Martens and Dave Thesing. For almost 20 years, IFC has been serving the insurance needs of Americans through its nationwide network of agents and brokers. IFC National Marketing provides sales support for Medicare and group health plans, life insurance, fixed annuities, final expense, critical illness, voluntary workplace and long-term care solutions. IFC believes in delivering world-class service — with a family feel. For more information, visit http://www.ifcnationalmarketing.com.

IFC National Marketing Expands Integrity Platform to Help Americans on Their Healthcare Journey

IFC National Marketing expands Integrity Platform to help Americans on their healthcare journey

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (January 19, 2021) Integrity Marketing Group, LLC ("Integrity"), the nation's largest independent distributor of life and health insurance products, today announced it has acquired IFC National Marketing, Inc. ("IFC"), a leading health insurance marketing organization based in Fairmont, Minnesota. As part of the acquisition, IFC owners Dave MartensDave Thesing and Todd Villeneuve will all become owners in Integrity. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

IFC has held a strong presence in the industry for nearly 20 years, with three offices across Minnesota. With a focus on providing exemplary service to their agents, IFC has built an industry reputation for their impressive year-over-year agent retention rate. IFC agents help serve more than 70,000 Americans annually, specializing in senior products including Medicare, health and life insurance, as well as final expense products and annuities. By partnering with Integrity, IFC agents will benefit from Integrity's additional carrier relationships and gain access to Integrity's industry-transforming technology.

"The leaders of IFC saw the value of being part of a larger organization and quickly understood the innovative, tech-focused vision of what we're building at Integrity," said Bryan W. Adams, Co-Founder and CEO of Integrity. "We're taking a group of already successful people and arming them with the tools, resources and technology they need to supercharge their growth. We're proud that IFC is now part of Integrity's mission to innovate insurance and meet consumers wherever they are."

"We've watched other industry-leading organizations join forces with Integrity and we are ready to experience that same success at IFC," said Dave Martens, Co-Owner and COO of IFC. "We've had tremendous growth over the years, but we realized we needed more resources to position IFC for a successful future. We'll be focusing on what we do best, which is bringing agents into the fold, while Integrity's technology and platform network support our goals to drive growth forward."

"Integrity really understands how important agents are to our business and has built a platform that enables us to fully support them in today's increasingly technology-driven marketplace," said Dave Thesing, Co-Owner and CFO of IFC. "By partnering with Integrity, we bring our agents a wide range of services to be more efficient and increase their productivity. In addition, the collaboration with other Integrity partners is unmatched, which makes this partnership better than I ever could have imagined."

As an Integrity partner, IFC and their agents will have access to Integrity's innovative, propriety technology and software, including robust online quoting, enrollment and CRM capabilities, customized reporting, data and more. IFC will also have access to extensive shared services such as human resources, IT, accounting and full-service marketing and social media expertise. These resources will allow IFC to retain focus on their agents, diversify their product offerings and stay current as Integrity continues to reshape the industry. IFC employees will also qualify for meaningful company ownership through the Integrity Employee Ownership Plan.

"Throughout this process, Integrity has lived up to its name over and over again," said Todd Villeneuve, Co-Owner and President of IFC. "Our employees are like family and we are thrilled to see that Integrity treats its employees the same way. One of the most exciting aspects of this partnership is the Employee Ownership Program, where our employees become owners as well. That has been on our wish list for a long time and now our employees get to succeed along with us. For IFC, the question wasn't if we should partner with Integrity, it was how fast we could partner with them. I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities ahead to transform the industry with Integrity!"

For more information about IFC's partnership with Integrity, view a video at www.integritymarketing.com/IFCNationalMarketing.

About Integrity Marketing Group 
Integrity Marketing Group, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the leading independent distributor of life and health insurance products focused on meeting Americans wherever they are — in person, over the phone and online. Integrity is innovating insurance by developing cutting-edge technology designed to simplify and streamline the healthcare experience for everyone. In addition, Integrity develops exclusive products with insurance carrier partners and markets these products through its distribution network that includes other large insurance agencies throughout the country. Integrity's almost 5,000 employees work with over 325,000 independent agents who service more than seven million clients annually. In 2021, Integrity expects to help insurance carriers place over $3.5 billion in new premium. For more information, visit www.integritymarketing.com.

About IFC National Marketing
IFC National Marketing, headquartered in Fairmont, Minnesota, was founded in 2003 by Todd VilleneuveDave Martens and Dave Thesing. For almost 20 years, IFC has been serving Americans with their insurance needs through their nationwide agents and brokers. Their concierge service provides sales support for Medicare and group health plans, life insurance, fixed annuities, final expense, critical illness, voluntary workplace and long-term care solutions. IFC believes in delivering world-class service — with a family feel. For more information, please visit www.ifcnationalmarketing.com.

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