Andrew Holt is the Government Relations and Grassroots Manager at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). NAIFA works on behalf of its members to promote a favorable regulative environment, provide professional education services, and ensure ethical professional conduct for insurance and financial advisors.
Andrew spent several years of his career in the political arena, getting his start as an intern for a senate race in South Carolina, where he found his passion for connecting voters with elected officials. This eventually led to his current position at NAIFA, where he influences public and elected officials on legislative priorities, engages volunteers in grassroots efforts, and leads grassroots lobbying efforts at the state level.In this episode…
What does “grassroots” really mean? It’s more than just knocking door-to-door and making phone calls.
The heart of grassroots is about teaching, coaching, and helping guide people to make a difference. Grassroots is about mobilizing the public's passion for tackling the issues that directly affect them. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the world, and voting is just one of them — not just at the federal level but also at the state level. Financial advisors are trusted advisors who help people and businesses make sound financial decisions, but legislation also impacts their advice. Knowing what’s going on in politics is essential for financial advisors because they must be in the political fold in order to protect their clients. What else can you do to be engaged and advocate for the decisions that affect your life?
In this episode of Advisor Today, host Chris Gandy and co-host Chad Franzen of Rise25 welcome Andrew Holt to the show. Andrew is the Government Relations and Grassroots Manager for NAIFA, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Andrew shares his thoughts on what “grassroots” means, discusses how business and politics interrelate, and reflects on the importance of making connections with your elected officials.