When a World Financial Group (WFG) associate obtains the rank of Senior Marketing Director (SMD), those associates are invited to attend SMD Academy at the WFG Corporate Headquarters in Johns Creek, Ga., to take their business to the next level of ownership.  The most recent SMD Academy occurred May 18-20, and served as a powerful training experience and an exciting opportunity to meet WFG’s field and executive leaders as well as their fellow associates.

The SMDs arrived Wednesday evening to a red carpet welcome and the sounds of applause from World Financial Group (WFG) Corporate Headquarters employees.  After a quick welcome speech by Kent Davies, WFG Vice President of Sales and Marketing, the attendees were treated to a sumptuous buffet reception and had the opportunity to have their photo taken with Joe DiPaola, President and CEO of World Financial Group, Inc.

The next morning began an intense, two-day training, with presentations from WFG executives including Susan Davies, Chief Strategic Officer, who shared how WFG offers people the opportunity to dream. Jack Linder, Chairman of the WFG Board of Directors, encouraged the attendees to remember to do the right thing when it comes to their business.  Paul Mineck, the Chief Marketing Officer, told the SMDs that they were at the prime spot in their career to help World Financial Group move forward to a bigger and better future.

The highlight of SMD Academy was the training received from Rich Thawley, member of the World Financial Group (WFG) Board of Directors.  Rich shared with these new SMD associates the importance of persistency, which includes defining, as Rich stated, “What I want, why do I want it and how am I going to get it?”

During a break in their training, WFG Review spoke with some of the WFG Senior Marketing Directors.  And all of them had high praise for Rich Thawley.  Jagdeep Grewal told us that “Rich is the best speaker I’ve heard.  He has given me a burning desire to do this business well.”

These sentiments were shared by Christopher Akingbade, who noted, “Rich gave us principles to build leadership.  We found out so many things that we need to practice in order to build a successful business.”

“I was really impressed with how WFG’s high income earners remain humble by sharing their experience and guidance for us to build our business,” said Alice.  Alice also told us she learned new things obtaining referrals and how to apply them in her business.WFG Review also asked the academy attendees regarding their favorite part of SMD academy.  Christopher Seewalt told us, “The quality of people I met at the home office.  Hearing from everyone behind the scenes is really awesome.”

Kulwinder Kari of was not only amazed by Rich’s training, stating it was some of the best training he has ever received.  He says because of this training, he is now ready to challenge his team to do more.

Check out the World Financial Group Facebook page for pictures from this event.  If you’d like to learn more about World Financial Group, please visit our website at www.worldfinancialgroup.com.

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