Podcast Guest: Kim O’Brien
- What is the DOL ruling?
- Why did it happen?
- What will be the good and bad coming out of DOL?
- How will FIAs be affected?
- What is the future of the annuity industry in your opinion?
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Kim has 35 years of experience in the insurance industry beginning as in 1981 as office manager for an insurance agency. Most recently Kim served NAFA, The National Association for Fixed Annuities, for almost 12 years and helped the annuity industry to secure many legislative and regulatory victories. In between, Kim worked as a marketing executive for major insurance companies and was responsible for annuity and life insurance product lines.
In 1993, Kim served Governor Tommy Thomson in the search for a Commissioner of Insurance and consultant to the Department until a permanent replacement could be found.
Kim O’Brien received her BA from Ripon College, her MFA from the University of Northern Colorado, and an
MBA with a double emphasis in Economics and English from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin.
As an avid musical theater fan and dancer, Kim has directed or choreographed over 60 shows in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. She lives with her husband and college sweetheart of 40 years, Kelly, nestled in the Phoenix Thunderbird Conservatory where she enjoys hiking the mountains with their Irish setters.