“I’ve always admired Joel for his continuing need to educate, not only himself, but all the new people he has helped develop in this industry”
“A lot of people just want to be heard,” says Twedt of Twedt Financial Services, Lake Mills, IA. “They want to be understood. They don’t want to be judged. Who does?”
Twedt says his career is his passion and he’s proven it by getting involved in MDRT [link], formerly known as the Million Dollar Round Table, a professional association for life insurance producers who meet the highest professional standards. Twedt earned MDRT membership for 28 of the 34 years he’s been a financial advisor and achieved elite status within the organization, first as a member of Court of the Table, and then Top of the Table, an exclusive forum for the world's most successful life insurance and financial service professionals.
MDRT, which now has 38,000 members worldwide, was founded in 1927 by a small group of life insurance agents -- each of whom had sold at least $1,000,000 of life insurance -- to foster professionalism in the industry. One of those was Samuel Weems who, like Twedt, was affiliated with Securian Financial Group.
In 2003, Securian established the Samuel R. Weems award, to “recognize a selected Securian advisor or managing partner for his or her outstanding contributions to MDRT.” The standards are high and some years there is no Weems award winner. But there was in 2013: Joel Twedt was nominated by several colleagues including Brian Zimmerman of Cedar Rapids, IA, managing partner of Securian Advisors, MidAmerica, Inc. [link].
“I’ve always admired Joel for his continuing need to educate, not only himself, but all the new people he has helped develop in this industry,” said Zimmerman [link]. “He has been a tremendous asset to the clients he serves and the company he represents.”
Developing and mentoring new financial advisors is critically important for the financial services industry. The number of advisors in the US has declined as steadily as the average age has risen. Advisors like Twedt who spend the time and effort to train and mentor newcomers are highly appreciated and honored by the industry.
“There’s a tremendous opportunity for growth in our business for people who are effective listeners and really care,” said Twedt.
Since 1880, Securian Financial Group [link] and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, it is the holding company parent of a group of companies that include Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York admitted insurer.