Vanguard Council of Los Angeles

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LAAHU’s Vanguard Council Networking Event

Featuring: Assemblyman Anthony Portantino – currently running for State Senate. ** With a Special Speaker from Health Net, Inc.

Date: September 6, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Cost: $15
Location: Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 W 7th St
Los Angeles 90014
United States

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Event Recap: 04.13.16 Lucky Strike Social #LALive #UDay

By contributing author Cindy Jones

There was a buzz in the air at LA Live on April 13 when more than 50 agents, carrier folk and vendors ended a long day with a tall one at Lucky Strike.

What, with all the media, balloon arches, music…who knew that LA loved insurance agents that much. Oh wait, there was a small Laker event at Staples Center that night, too – I think it was some guy’s retirement party.

Nevertheless, we all had great parking spots (that’s what happens when you get to the Convention Center before the sun comes up), a private room and plenty of great apps, not to mention fierce bowling competitions and a few intense, but friendly, games of pool.

To top it all off, “Mr. Pin” was in the house working the crowd, dancing and posing for photos.

Truly a great way to end a fantastic University Day (Team Vanguard Council can really deal black jack like pros), trade in the corporate shoes for bowling shoes and wait out the traffic.

Many thanks to our Lucky Strike event sponsors LimeLight Health and Washington National who made it all possible.



04.26 Sneak Peek of Santa Monica Kaiser


Join the LAAHU Vanguard Council as we take a tour of the new Kaiser offices!
Optional after hours mixer at Bodega Wine Bar 814 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA

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Event Sunday 2/21 in Washington DC – NAHU Capitol Conference – Vanguard Council & HUPAC

Several of your representatives at LAAHU are going to The Hill next week to represent us while meeting with members of Congress!  We will be discussing Healthcare issues with Senators and Congress(people) who represent the LA area!  These meetings are Tuesday and Wednesday.  Also happening is the NAHU Capitol Conference, with insurance people attending from all over the country. An exciting week lies ahead for us!

On Sunday, February 21st, any & all are invited to the VANGUARD COUNCIL event that NAHU’s Vanguard Council is co-hosting with HUPAC (Health Underwriters Political Action Committee).

Here is a link with more information about Sunday’s event. I’ve also copied and pasted the text below. Hope you can join us!

–> If you don’t register online, it’s ok! The entry fee is the same onsite: $50 donation to HUPAC.  <–

Vanguard Council and HUPAC Bowling Event at Capitol Conference

Join the Vanguard Council and HUPAC on Sunday, February 21, from 8-11 p.m. at Lucky Strike in downtown D.C. for an evening of bowling, drinks and dessert! A $50 contribution to the HUPAC Administration Fund is required to attend, which will count towards your contribution level for the year. Attendance includes two drink tickets, access to a dessert bar with make your own sundae and pastries, and a game of bowling that includes bowling shoes.

I’ll be there! I hope to see you there!

-Michelle, VCLA Queen Bee
Michelle Iafigliola, HUB International Employee Benefits Broker


02.18 Drums & Drinks Mixer

Join us for all or part of our next mixer


Drums + Drinks photo

4:00p-5:00p Drum Lesson (Only 20 spots available)
5:15p – 7:00p Mixer at Strand Brewing Co

Drum Lesson info:
Asano Taiko US
20909 S Western Ave, Torrance CA 90501
gated parking entrance from Higgins Ct. Park at building “D”, enter from front

Brewery Info:
Strand Brewing Co
2201 Dominguez Street, Torrance, CA 90501

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Steven Griswold from Griswold & Griswold Insurance
We are still looking for more sponsors!!!  Contact us for more information @


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12.17 LAAHU Holiday Party


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Thursday, 12/17 from 4:30-7:30pm at
Cafe Fiore, 21550 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

This event is a thank you from LAAHU to our members – The cost of admission is an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a minimum $10.00 donation at the door. Non-members are welcome at a minimum donation of $20.00 at the door.

Complimentary Parking – Complimentary hors d’oeuvres

We also will be providing two drink tickets to each guest good for house red and white wine, certain beers and a specialty LAAHU cocktail.  Happy Holidays!

Event Recap: 10.15.15 EZONES ThinkTank at Greenbar Craft Distillery

The Vanguard Council of LA had another great event! This one involved the innovative technology company known as EZONES.  Amy Costello, Vice President of Enterprise Marketing & Alliances with EZONES led the ThinkTank, where we discussed the technology issues we see from our client base.  Meanwhile, there was another group taking a tour of the distillery.  After about 30 minutes, the two groups swapped, to keep the ThinkTank and tour intimate.  That way we could ask questions about the Slow Hand Organic Whiskey and/or get involved with the ThinkTank!  We had a great mix of the innovative trailblazers from the health insurance industry!  Attendees included an array of people including:

  • Employee Benefit brokers
  • P&C Brokers
  • Electronic Enrollment Technology
  • Payroll Reps
  • Exchange Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Medical General Agents
  • Voluntary Benefits General Agents
  • Voluntary Benefit Carriers
  • Individual Online Enrollment Technology

(If you’re reading this and I forgot your area of expertise, please email me and I’ll add it)


IMG_6510Amy Costello from EZONES working with Group 2 in the ThinkTank
Refreshments sponsored by HUMANA – thanks Josh!

Ideas were flowing! The Vanguard Council is the perfect platform for sharing ideas broker-to-broker, nonbroker-to-nonbroker, broker-to-nonbroker, nonbroker-to-broker, etc.

We focus our Vanguard Council events on the Broker. If the Brokers have business, then it flows down and everyone else will have business as well. We host interesting and educational events that will attract those who fit the “Vanguard Council Mission Statement”.

Community of thought-leaders, innovators, trailblazers who are reshaping our industry to support success through connections.

Here are some views of the tour of the FIRST DISTILLERY IN LA SINCE PROHIBITION

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The President of Vanguard Council of LA, Michelle Iafigliola

A HUGE thank you to our hosts, Drew, Katy, Laura of Greenbar Craft Distillery. They are open for private events! To schedule yours, contact Drew Jacobsen.

Drew mixing one of the fabulous concoctions!


Their fancy bottling machine in the bottle room
Cheers until next time, Greenbar!

Event Recap: 9.23.15 September Social at SPiN at Standard

The September social event was a big hit! We had over 30 people attend and get to know other Innovative #AgentsofChange in the health insurance industry.

One of the best phrases I heard was “FORWARD-DOERS”.  We are Forward-Thinkers, but there’s an extra step after thinking, which is DOING!  The Forward Doers were out at this event and we shared ideas of how to revolutionize our industry. It was very powerful.

Besides stimulating conversation, we had great food, an ActiveBooth photobooth and plenty of Ping Pong.  Ideas were shared about LinkedIn as a powerful marketing tool, for picking up clients, innovative blog ideas, and much more!

Connections were made and contact info was exchanged. We implemented the “Triple Play” which Michelle had learned from one of her networking groups called Athletes Touch (they gave permission for us to do it).  The idea is that after the event, groups of 3 are formed and in those groups people should get together for lunch, breakfast, a workout, or some sort of meeting to get to know each other better.  Once we know more about each other’s roles, we can truly help make powerful introductions and connections. Only then can we leverage the power of our network!

We had two drawings, thanks to Laura Berens from Jawbone, and Steven Griswold from Griswold & Griswold Insurance.  Here are the winners!

VC 9.23 drawing winners

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It was a ground-breaking event and we can’t wait for the next one on October 15th!

View the ActiveBooth photobooth photos here

10.15.15 EZONES ThinkTank!

ThinkTank: How to Get (and Keep) Employees Engaged
Every business faces the same struggle: how to get employees actively engaged with company resources and programs, and perhaps more importantly, keep them engaged. This engagement is critical to any company’s success. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the US $450-$550 billion every year- how much of that money could be going back into your company?
Join the Vanguard Council and EZONES for an exclusive ThinkTank event where thought leaders in your industry will come together for a roundtable to discuss how to increase employee engagement through health and wellness, compliance training, leadership training, or even news content resources. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to help create a major shift in the industry and provide guidance on a new software platform that will disrupt employee engagement through the integration of external content resources with your company’s internal assets, all in a single, easy-to-use interface.
In addition to our roundtable, we’ll be providing a tour of the Greenbar Craft Distillery and valuable networking opportunities, making this a must-attend event! Please note that the tour starts promptly at 4:30pm, so don’t be late!

What: ThinkTank, Distillery Tour and Networking

What else: 3 tasty drinks & light food included in your price!

** We will be raffling off a future Tour for FOUR so you can come back and bring a friend! **

When: Arrive any time between 4-4:30pm. The action begins promptly at 4:30pm!!!

Where: Greenbar Craft Distillery home of ORGANIC HAND-CRAFTED SPIRITS, 2459 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Price: $15 for LAAHU/NAHU members, $20 for non-members, includes 3 organic hand-crafted drinks and distillery tour. Price goes up $10 day-of event.



THANK YOU to EZONES, our flagship sponsor for this event.

THANK YOU to Humana and Josh Kaufman for sponsoring the food at this event

logo - Humana Vitality Mendocino Farms salads, sandwiches, some sweets

Contact Us 

Michelle Iafigliola at or 949-449-6424

*Tickets are non-refundable if cancelled within less than 24 hours of the event


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