Going Green!

Sentinel Security Life Insurance Company’s home has been on 2121 South State Street since 1948 in a historical building that has been a landmark for decades. As Sentinel’s growth continues, moving locations was a must. On June 3, 2013 Sentinel Security Life moved to a beautiful new location at 1405 West 2200 South in Salt Lake City. The move became the perfect opportunity to kick old habits and make new and improved ones.

With a new building and an outstanding team, we as a company decided to seize the opportunity to begin Going Green. We learned that 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. This was a great starting point for Sentinel to begin the challenge of Going Green. Recycling receptacles have been placed in each break room and we have a separate recycling dumpster in our parking lot. Sentinel’s efforts in recycling has taken a momentous turn, and we are proud to have this program in place.

In addition to our recycling efforts, Sentinel has also taken steps to reduce waste in other ways, not just putting waste into the correct receptacles – why not reduce or eliminate it altogether where possible? Our IT team researched new printing options for the new building; with the goal of cutting down our printing costs and reducing paper waste. Through many discussions we concluded that having a central printer for each floor and dismissing employee’s desk printers would cut down on paper usage, as well as toner expenses. The new high volume printer defaults to print 2 sided, which uses and discards less paper. This small feat aids in conserving resources, reducing water and energy use, and preventing pollution.

Other efforts from our IT team include Installation of visual monitors in the conference rooms which enable us to share presentations on screen rather than printing out hard copies. Finally, implementing new scanning procedures for all of the new, as well as old, policies that are housed in our corporate office.

Our Sales and Marketing team researched and executed Electronic application software for our agents to utilize. These applications take place of paper applications which in turn conserves waste and promotes technology. Our Marketing team has spent countless hours to establish a user friendly website with access to all the forms that one would need to perform business as usual. Lastly, our Marketing team employs e-blast software for our notifications to the field in order to reduce paper waste.

With the move to a new building Sentinel found that we had an overabundance of office furnishings. The furnishings were donated to the International Rescue Committee to support the refugees in our community.

Through our research and analyses, we have realized what a difference small steps can make. We are excited to be stepping up to our Corporate Social Responsibility in caring for our environment and our community.

To learn more about Sentinel Security Life’s new location and Going Green efforts, please contact them 855-478-4037 or click here.

Blog written by: Jenniffer Pearce, Executive Assistant for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

Our Community

At Sentinel, we pride ourselves on being active and engaging citizens of our community. Once a quarter, an employee committee organizes a fundraising or volunteer opportunity that all departments are encouraged to participate in. Sentinel realizes that community involvement is not only vital to upholding our corporate values but also an excellent way to give back to non-profit organizations that do so much good for the underprivileged populations of people in our area.

Most recently, Sentinel hosted a bake sale and raised $700 for Edison Elementary, a Title I school located close to our corporate office. Our management matched what the employees raised and we were able to donate $1400 to this special school. The extra money allowed them to purchase supplies and educational materials desperately needed, yet otherwise unavailable, for their at-risk and low-income students.

In addition to the Edison project, Sentinel worked with Prevent Child Abuse Utah last year and donated over $2,500 worth of goods to three little girls displaced from their home because of abuse. Their Christmas lists were very modest and consisted of things like shoes, winter coats, pants, shirts, socks and underwear. We were able to provide all of these items to them plus fun presents like jewelry, make up, art sets, dolls and other presents little girls love to get.

We feel that both of these projects were incredibly successful especially since Sentinel’s corporate office consists of only 42 employees. Sentinel realizes that even small donations can make a huge difference for someone who is struggling.

Sentinel looks forward to the rest of 2013 with excitement as we plan additional events including a blood drive and a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald house of Salt Lake City.

To learn more about Sentinel Security Life’s community involvement, please click here.

Blog written by: Amy Mullen, Human Resources Director for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

Sentinel Plan Summit Bonus Index

It is extremely exciting that Sentinel Security Life Insurance Company is launching a new annuity product called the Summit Bonus Index℠ Annuity. This is a fixed index, single premium, deferred annuity contract with a premium bonus. This is the perfect product to add to our Annuity line of business.

The Summit Bonus Index℠ Annuity has four indexing strategies where the interest is calculated by using an equity index. This is a great way to obtain the benefits of the market growth without exposure to market loss. The four strategies that are offered are the Point-to-Point, Monthly Average, Daily Average, and Monthly Sum. There is also a Fixed Account that annuity owners can allocate money to guarantee a fixed interest rate.

One of the key features of this new annuity is the premium bonus. Sentinel Security immediately adds a bonus to the value of the annuity at the time of issue. The bonus is calculated based on a percentage of the initial premium. This is money that is immediately deposited into the account in addition to the funds provided and will earn interest right from the beginning. The premium bonus is subject to a vesting schedule. So as long as you don’t take any withdrawals in excess of the penalty free withdrawals, this is yours to keep!

In addition to the premium bonus, this new product also offers an optional Income Rider. The Income Rider can provide a guaranteed stream of income for the rest of the owner’s life even if the income payments reduce the value of the annuity to zero. What is the difference of an Income Rider versus an annuitization or SPIA (Single Premium Immediate Annuity)? One of the big differences is that there is still a death benefit even after the income payments begin. Another difference is that withdrawals in addition to the income payment can be taken. Excess withdrawals may reduce future income payments, but are available if needs require.

The Summit Bonus Index℠ Annuity is available to purchase starting March 27, 2013. For additional information on the product, please visit www.sslco.com or call 800-247-1423.

Blog written by: Janelle Boudrero, New Business Manager for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

Annuity Processing: Not Just Paper Pushing

I began my career at Sentinel in 2011; a month after the Personal Choice Annuity was launched. Annuity New Business is a tight-knit and dedicated team who eats, sleeps, and breathes our fixed rate annuity. Therefore, when I tell someone what I do for a living with great passion and excitement, and their eyes glaze over in preparation for boredom, I don’t understand. And when I tell our team about it they react as if the person said we had an ugly baby. There is nothing boring about financial planning and security. There is nothing dull about growing your savings tax-deferred or rolling funds over from an investment that no longer serves your needs into one that can. Well…Unless you find achieving your financial goals boring.  I guess that would depend on how much you enjoy playing golf.  See? Annuities aren’t boring at all.

The Personal Choice annuity is best for individuals who have funds that aren’t currently needed for living expenses, that they would like to invest tax-deferred for a guarantee period of 5, 7, or 10 years. It’s called a “guarantee period” for a reason, your principal is safe and the interest rate is guaranteed during that period.

In my role as a new business processor I spend much of my day reviewing applications and most of them say the client’s reason for purchasing the annuity is safety and the opportunity to grow their wealth tax-deferred. We all have to pay the taxman. But our clients enjoy putting it off for several years while they accumulate interest.

Annuities are purchased by many different people for many different reasons. Some of our clients are young and still in the meat of their working years and are interested in moving an IRA or 401k for a better interest rate. But on the other hand applications cross my desk daily completed by seniors whose agents have advised them to invest in a fixed annuity instead of variable accounts, providing them the opportunity to grow their savings whether their goal is a long and secure retirement or the inheritance of their loved ones.

I hope you can see why the Annuity New Business team is so excited about what we do. We don’t just push paper and enter numbers into computers. We get to do our small part to help people we’ll never meet achieve their financial goals.

For additional information on the Personal Choice Annuity, please visit us at www.sslco.com or call 800.247.1423.

Blog written by: Deanna Martin, Annuity New Business Processor for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.


Coming in from the Cold: A Career Warming

Going from an agent in the field to an agent in the home office can be a difficult transition for many. Such a transition usually involves going from days spent constantly on the move and in constant contact with clients and potential clients, to days spent behind a desk with a headset on with little to no contact with the outside world. Luckily Sentinel has made the transition seamless, and my days here at Sentinel have been anything but routine.

While I do find myself behind my desk, and while I do wear my headset sometimes, I am not anchored to my desk like I thought I would be. Even when I am at my desk with my headset on, I’m not doing monotonous tasks day after day. I track and assign leads, talk to marketers and agents about our products and services, and design training material for our agents as well as Sentinel employees.  Currently I am assisting in the creation of a marketing piece in Spanish, and I am always helping agents with anything and everything they need. I have a hand in the design of new products, new lead programs and new ways to sell our products.  There is never a dull moment at Sentinel.

It may seem like I’m exaggerating when I say that, but I’m not.  Sentinel is a small company that is expanding and growing by leaps and bounds.  In the four short months that I have been here, we have rolled out one new product and we are scheduled to roll out another product next month.  In the upcoming months we plan to release an electronic application for our final expense product, including voice signature capability, and we will be moving to a larger building that will better accommodate our ever expanding Sentinel family.

Like I mentioned before, there is never a dull moment here. There is always something new to do and there is always a lot to be done. Sentinel strives to maintain a positive work environment for their employees because they realize that a good company starts from within its own walls. I am happy to be a part of Sentinel at such an exciting time in the company’s history and while I do enjoy my weekends, I also look forward to coming to work every day.

Blog written by: Keawe Poulsen, Sales Support Associate for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

Sentinel Security Life Welcomes Daniel Morgan

Dan-MorganSentinel Security Life Insurance Co. would like to welcome Daniel Morgan as Chief Operations Officer.

Mr. Morgan has worked in the insurance industry for over 21 years.  Mr. Morgan has worked for several large property and casualty, and life and health insurance carriers primarily responsible for compliance, risk management and operations.  Mr. Morgan joined Sentinel in 2012 as its Chief Operations Officer and his responsibilities include compliance, claims, underwriting, agent licensing, human resources, marketing and risk management.

Prior to joining Sentinel, Mr. Morgan was the Chief Compliance Officer of Amerilife Group LLC in Clearwater Florida.  At Amerilife Mr. Morgan was responsible for corporate compliance, risk management and human resources.  Mr. Morgan also assisted with Amerilife’s corporate operations and preparing Board packets for Amerilife’s quarterly Board of Directors meetings.

From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Morgan served as the Compliance and Regulatory Assistant Vice President for Great American Insurance Company. Prior to that he worked as the Compliance Director for Continental Casualty Company. Mr. Morgan has a Juris Doctor degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and is a graduate of Marquette University.

Sentinel Security Life is thrilled to have Daniel Morgan as part of the Sentinel crew.

Blog written by: Dan Acker, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co. 

Sentinel Security Life Welcomes David C. Rasmussen

David C. RasmussenDavid C. Rasmussen has provided information technology services and direction for Sentinel since 1981 as a consultant, and joined the company on a full time basis in 2012 as its Chief Information Officer.

Prior to joining Sentinel, Mr. Rasmussen was the Director of Information Technologies for Kenworth Sales Company where he helped Kenworth grow from two
locations with 50 employees to 20 offices with over 700 employees.

Prior to his employment with Kenworth Sales, Mr. Rasmussen was owner and President of Management Information Services (MIS). MIS offered IT related consulting services to over 200 clients and had a staff of 15 employees.

Mr. Rasmussen received his education from the University of Utah, where he majored in Computer Science and Business Management. He is a member of the Association of Certified Data Processors and has earned certifications in Programming and Information Technology management.

Sentinel Security Life is both honored and excited that Mr. Rasmussen has joined the Sentinel family.

Blog written by: Dan Acker, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

“Too Young” for Life Insurance?

For many people, life insurance is only important when you get “old.” I used to believe that, until I realized that seemingly solid finances can take a sharp turn at any moment. The sudden death of your spouse will definitely sting on every emotional level, but what happens to the household finances when that happens? Many young couples and families become financially crippled due to the lack of planning.

After her husband was hit while riding his bicycle and later died from his injuries, Chanel Reynolds said, “I was finding it really hard for me to stay present and in the room and to be able to hear what the doctors were saying because I was so overwhelmed with not knowing how much money we had in our checking account, and the fact that we had our wills drafted but not signed.” She also added that she was unsure of whether she was going to be able to care for a family by herself. Although not a large policy, Ms. Reynolds was saved from financial ruin because of life insurance.

It is not surprising that Ms. Reynolds’ quality of life was preserved due to a life insurance policy. The typical coverage amount for a policy is often determined by either the net worth or a multiple of the annual income generated by the applying for the policy. With the income from her husband’s policy, Ms. Reynolds was able to gain some time in order to figure out their mortgage situation along with other bills, keep her son in the same school, and give her time to look for secure employment.

Aside from crises, there are other benefits to buying a life insurance policy while you are young. You are able to open up more options in payment type, which can provide you with lower premiums or even shorten the amount of time that you would have to pay those premiums. Since health risks do commonly increase with age, life insurance policies generally get more expensive to purchase down the road. Life insurance policies can also be another way of saving for retirement, especially if other options are not available to you. Tax-deferred strategies are really popular among other savings vehicles, and life insurance policies provide this as well.

Whether this is all new to you or you are seasoned in life insurance, make sure to do some research on your own. A great place to start is with the nonprofit Life and Health Insurance Foundation for America. You are never too young to begin thinking about your future. You are never too young to begin planning.

For more information visit www.sslco.com or call us at 800-247-1423.

Blog written by: Thy Mims, Marketing Communications Manager for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

[1] Lieber, Ron. “YOUR MONEY; A Shocking Death, a Financial Lesson and Help for Others.” The New York Times, 12 Jan. 2013. Web.
[2] “Why Single People Need Life Insurance Too.” DailyFinance.com. N.p., n.d. Web.
[3] “You’re Never Too Young for Life Insurance.” – MSN Money UK. N.p., n.d. Web.
[4] “You’re Not Too Young for Life Insurance.” Insurance and Health Care. N.p., n.d. Web.

Great Partnerships

Throughout history, great partnerships have accounted for incredible success stories in areas of exploration, sports, technology, business, and entertainment.  For example, the Corps of Discovery Expedition (1804–1806), was the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific coast undertaken by the United States. The partnership responsible for this historic endeavor was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  To this day, Lewis and Clark are arguably the most famous exploration team in history.

Back in the mid 1930’s, Stanford University graduates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard joined forces with a budget of only $538 and a garage as their home office and turned the company into a global PC manufacturer with a 2012 annual revenue in excess of $120 Billion dollars [1].

Paul McCartney and John Lennon are well known as two of the four members of the Beatles.  However, few realize that in a short 7 year span they penned 180 songs.  27 of those songs reached #1 on the charts in either the US or UK.  EMI Records estimates that the Beatles have sold over one billion units worldwide [2].

One of my favorite sports is basketball and being a native of Utah, I am an avid fan of the Utah Jazz.  Any Jazz fan will fondly remember the glory days that included Karl Malone and John Stockton.  These two remarkable players combined to play in 2,980 games while scoring 56,539 points and helped the Utah Jazz to two NBA Finals appearances.  Stockton holds the NBA record for career assists, many of which went to Malone in helping him reach #2 on the career points list.  Both are members of the NBA Hall of Fame and set the standard for partnerships in professional basketball.

Since 1948 Sentinel has committed to being a valuable partner to policyholders, agents, and stockholders.  Over the past 3 years, Sentinel has seen tremendous growth in their product offerings, agents, and policyholders.  Along with this growth, Sentinel has made significant improvements in procedures, increased personnel, and upgraded systems to strengthen policyholder service.

With a strong senior market portfolio including Life, Medicare Supplement, Hospital Indemnity, and Annuity products, Sentinel is continually looking for innovative ways to provide premium products and services to their customers.  Agents who are ready to assist the millions of seniors who are looking for direction in these difficult times should strongly consider partnering with us to further develop their insurance practice.  Whether you are an agent or someone looking for one of the valuable products Sentinel provides, we invite you to learn more about partnering with Sentinel by visiting www.sslco.com or by calling 800-247-1423.

Blog written by: Dan Hudgens, National Sales Manager for Sentinel Security Life Insurance Co.

[1] 2010 Form 10-K, Hewlett-Packard Company
[2] Guinness Book of World Records 2012