Vanguard Council of Los Angeles

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VCLA 9.23 September Social ActiveBooth photos

September Social Event 9.23.15 SPiN at Standard

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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 included in your price!

** We will be raffling off a future Tour for Two 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


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

* The only Sponsorship opportunities remaining for this event are for Food and the Photo Booth (or get creative and recommend something else). Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring this and/or future events.

Contact Us 

Michelle Iafigliola at or 949-449-6424

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


Vanguard Council is powered by our industry association,
the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
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11.12.15 LA Emerging Professionals Mixer

Enjoy a night on the town while expanding your network of colleagues and referral sources!  At The Parlor in West Hollywood.

Network with other emerging professionals from:

National Assoc. of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Young Advisors Team (NAIFA YAT)
Los Angeles Young Tax Lawyers (LA YTL)
Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters (LAAHU) Vanguard Council

Miscellaneous Information:

  • Registration opens at 6 pm.
  • Fees: $15/CalCPA, CFALA, LAJCC, NAIFA, YTL, LAAHU members; $20/nonmembers.
  • Add $5 for same day and at door registration.
  • Includes appetizers and one drink ticket.
  • Parking: Metered parking along Melrose Ave (Please read street signs and do not park on permit only side streets). Valet parking is $8.
  • Address: The Parlor 7250 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (On the corner of Melrose Ave and N Alta Vista Blvd)
  • Please contact CalCPA Program Associate Melissa Czepaniewski: 818-546-3505 or with any questions.

REGISTER HERE  (must create a CalCPA login to register)

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ActiveBooth: “the photobooth of LAAHU Vanguard Council”

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ActiveBooth takes people’s love of photobooths and turns it into a super-portable branded marketing strategy complete with post-event analytics and data collection.

ActiveBooth will be present at our September Social event on 9/23. Keep your eyes open for the Event Recap to see the photos!


If you’d like to hire ActiveBooth for your event, contact

Brent Reger
(626) 862-3256
Visit their website for more information



Vanguard Council is powered by our industry association,
the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
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9.23.15 September Social @ sPiN Standard

Come join us for our fall event on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015, at The Standard Hotel – Downtown, in their care-free zone SPiN, for fun and maybe even some competitive ping-pong accompanied by your beverage of choice!  We have a room reserved in Club sPiN, which is the ping pong lounge. It is trendy and classy and a great place for a mixer.


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Location: SPiN @ The Standard Hotel, Downtown
Address: Downtown LA – 550 South Flower (at 6th St), Los Angeles, CA 90071
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: $10 to Register, a portion goes to Charity
–> Registration Link Here <—


Are you constantly thinking of new ways to help your clients? Checking out the newest technologies? Attending events to understand new strategies? Then the Vanguard Council of the Association of Health Underwriters is the group you’re looking for.

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Who is invited? Anyone in the Health & Benefits industry who’s not okay with the status-quo.
You’re 23 and new to the industry? Perfect!
You’re 53 and still staying ahead of the curve? You betcha!
There’s no age requirement or experience ceiling – we are all about Innovators and Forward-Thinkers!

We look forward to meeting you all there! If you’re unable to attend please stay tuned to our website for other upcoming events.

Photos of sPiN at Standard Hotel

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Innovative Spotlight: Jawbone UP #disruptivetech


Every once in awhile we feature cutting-edge technology and devices since that is the basis of what the Vanguard Council is founded upon.  #disruptivetech 

The Jawbone UP2 device not only tracks your sleep, nutrition and activity, but it’s the only device out there that has the Smart Coach technology that gives you coaching and action items based on your personal analytics. These wearables are available for corporate wellness programs and can be incorporated with the UP for Groups platform to create challenges for your employees.


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For more information contact:

Laura Berens
Sr. Business Development Manager / Corporate Wellness
99 Rhode Island | San Francisco, CA 94103
C: 612.396.2550 |

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Vanguard Council is powered by our industry association,
the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters
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8.18.15 :: NAIFA Summer Social

We met some great people in a parallel organization called National Association of Independent Financial Advisors (NAIFA). They have a subset called Young Advisors Team (YAT) and we are going to plan some joint events together!

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Event Recap: 5.29.15 Kickball Tourney Mixer in SD

Written by Leticia M. Ruiz

The last Friday in May, 2015, SDAHU’s Vanguard Council celebrated its first annual Kickball Tournament.  Thank you Vanguard Council, the Committee and SDAHU for making this a success!

Insurance professionals from all walks of life lathered up with their most effective sunscreen  and sported their best Kickball gear to include team coordinated outfits and enthusiasm.

Among the team names were:

–  B & B Natural Born Kickers
–  Cal Cobra Kai
–  Don’t Hate Us ‘Cause You Ain’t Us
–  The Happenin’ Misfits

There were three games and two winners. Can  you guess who won?

The Happenin’ Misfits came in first place and were followed closely by the B & B Natural Born Kickers!

We all need a little fun, and now more than ever as we head into fourth quarter!  A special shout out to all who were involved, participated and sponsored the first annual kickball event!

THANK YOU to our sponsors:

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Bronze / Dessert

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Photos from the event:

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