Summer 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear Fellow IDIS Members:

“Disability need not be an obstacle to success” –Stephen Hawking (At the age of 21, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig Disease. An English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and best-selling author: A Brief History of Time. He was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death)

Welcome to Summer 2018!  There are some exciting things happening with the International DI Society that we invite you to be part of as a member:

Don Schamay and his Committee have been working hard to put together an outstanding agenda for this year’s Conference October 21-24 in St. Louis: Taking Care of Business. There will be something for everyone, including a New Agent workshop the first day of the Convention, as well as the return of JeorparDI to the lineup of speakers, sponsors, and networking opportunities that have made our Conference so valuable to our members.

We would like to remind everyone that Early Bird Registration for the Conference ends SUNDAY, JULY 15.  You receive a substantial discount when you register early.  Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations at the Marriot at a substantial savings as well. Details on registration and hotel discounts on our website now.

We will be holding a DI Summit in the St. Louis area shortly before the Conference to promote DI awareness, as well as excitement for our upcoming event. We will also be inviting those locally, as well your associates that you would like us to contact, to join the IDIS with the New Member package that includes both membership and registration for the Conference at a substantial discount as well. If you would like more information on how you can help, contact Rick Cordaro or Todd Shield, who have been gracious enough to help host this event.

Finally, thanks to the hard work of fellow Board Member, Brett Little, we have been talking with the UK Income Protection Task Force about ways that we can work together to help promote Disability Income Protection globally. This UK Task Force worked for over 10 years to have it referred to as Income Protection there rather than Disability Insurance.  It is our hope that it doesn’t take us as long in the US to do so.  They are excited to host one of our upcoming DI Study Group calls, as well as potentially be part of our upcoming Conference in October.  More details on how we can work together more are upcoming in future calls with them.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the International DI Society.  Exciting things that are happening with our outstanding Officers and Board that are here to serve you.  I invite you to be part also.  If there is anything that our Board can do to help you in your promoting Disability Insurance, if you would like to share some of your successes stories with us, or if you would like to consider being part of the Board for the upcoming year, please contact me directly at 801-304-7706.

I look forward to hearing from you as the most important part of this Society.

Greg Nelson, ChFC, CEBS, DIF

President - 2018

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Calendar of Events

Registration is now open for our Annual Conference set for October 21-24 in St. Louis!  

Click here for complete information including the Conference agenda.

Register before Sunday, July 15 to save $100 with Earlybird registration rates. 

We are excited to have you join us for our 14th annual IDIS Conference in the Gateway City. This year we will be "Takin' Care of Business." Learn from industry leaders how to help your business owner clients survive a loss of income and offer opportunities to meet the leaders of our industry's most important carriers. You will come away understanding how important you are to the success of their income protection plan.


Click here to register online -- or click here to download a registration form pdf. 

Members:  If registering online, you should be able to login using your e-mail address for your login ID, and your last name (first letter capitalized) for your password.  If you have problems logging in, send an e-mail to and we will re-set your login for you.

The registration fee for IDIS members is $575 thru July 15, and then $675 after July 15. 

We're also looking for additional SPONSORS for the event.  CLICK HERE for information on the wide range of sponsorship opportunities that are available. 


A block of rooms has been reserved at the meeting site, the Marriott St. Louis Grand, located at 800 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63101.  Our discounted room rate is $149 a night,   Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 17.929%) in effect at the time of check-out.  Click here to make your reservation online, or call 1-800-397-1282.   The deadline for booking at our group rate is 10/01/2018. Overnight self-parking is $25/night and overnight valet is $35/night. Check-in time is 4pm and check-out is 11am.


Eric Buchananwill present a "can't miss" program on How to be Your Client’s Hero.  Eric represents disabled people and other policyholders across the United States in both ERISA and non-ERISA disputes, focusing primarily in the areas of disability, life, and health insurance.  Eric has represented over 1200 people in social security hearings since 1995, and has been certified as a Specialist in Social Security Disability Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2007.

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Contact Us

The International DI Society
P.O. Box 24133
Omaha, NE 68124


PHONE:  (Toll-free) 844-249-8806
FAX:  877-355-9226

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