Well, it seems like winter is quickly approaching as the days get shorter and the mornings/nights colder. Luckily, I managed to escape for a week in Bali recently which was my first time visiting there. What an amazing country with some of the friendliest people in the world, although many of them have very little, they always have a smile on their faces. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it as a destination.
The VIC/TAS sales team continues to grow with the addition of our newest BDM, Leigh Orton. Some of you may know Leigh as he’s been in our industry for more than 15 years, most of those years at MLC. He brings with him excellent knowledge of the Vivo Virtual Care program as well as the MLC claims process which are both key elements of our Encompass Protection product. We’re excited to have Leigh part of our sales team. In addition to Leigh, we also have Dan Yianakis joining our highly experienced and talented underwriting team. Dan comes to us from Clearview and is a well-liked, knowledgeable underwriter who again many of you may already know.
NEOS continues to grow with more excitement ahead as we continue to push forward in the development of our insurance platform, delivering a vastly superior and efficient experience for advisers writing risk. We’re working on our third product – giving you and your clients three competitive products to choose from, all accessible through our NEOS Platform and with the same dedicated support team (BDM, underwriter and sales consultant).
We look forward to meeting with you all to share our world first insurance platform vision and how it will assist you in providing protection for your clients.
Finally, if there’s anything that I or my team can do to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’ll be happy to assist.
And remember, if you have any colleagues that don’t have an adviser code with NEOS and would like one, please send them our way and we’ll look after them.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership, it’s greatly appreciated and not taken for granted. We look forward to continuing these relationships into the future.
GET BUSINESS DONE BEFORE EOFY
With EOFY around the corner, we’re committed to helping you get any outstanding business over the line by 30 June. As busy as this time may be, it’s also a good time to review your clients’ plans and policies to ensure they have adequate cover.
Here’s how we can help you get business done by the 30 June deadline.
- The NEOS Experience – Our super-fast turnaround, streamlined underwriting and friendly service is all part of the NEOS Experience and means we get business done quickly.
- The NEOS Life Platform – With NEOS, you have access to two high-quality life insurance products through one easy-to-use platform.
- Dedicated support – Your dedicated BDM, underwriter and service consultant are here to support you.
- Work with the best – NEOS was named 2022 AFA Life Company of the Year and was also recognised at the 2023 Adviser Ratings’ Awards winning all the service category awards.
At NEOS, you’re working with the best.
OUR ACCREDITED SHORT-FORM WEBINARS ARE BACK!
We understand the importance of continuing professional development (CPD) hours for advisers. That’s why we’re running regular webinars from our growing library of accredited presentations.
If you have any suggestions on topics you’d like to see covered in our webinar series, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
UPCOMING ENHANCEMENTS TO NEOS PROTECTION
In the coming weeks, we’ll write to you regarding some exciting enhancements to NEOS Protection that will benefit new and existing plan holders.
The changes will help ensure that NEOS Protection continues to provide a competitive, sustainable offering that meets the best interests of your clients.
UPCOMING IMPROVEMENTS TO ENCOMPASS PROTECTION
In the coming weeks, we’ll write to you regarding some exciting improvements to Encompass Protection that will benefit new and existing policy holders.
The changes will help ensure that Encompass Protection continues to provide a competitive, sustainable offering that meets the best interests of your clients.
LIFE INSURANCE CODE OF PRACTICE
The Life Insurance Code of Practice was introduced in July 2017 and set important benchmarks to ensure that consumers can take out life insurance with confidence, that, if the time comes, their life insurer will be there to support them.
The New Life Code, which will come into force on 1 July 2023, introduces over 50 new important consumer protections that cover every aspect of how customers interact with their life insurer – from the way products are designed, to how they are sold and for those customers who make a claim.
Key changes are around new protections for customers going through times of vulnerability, financial hardship or experiencing a mental health condition. NEOS is developing customer facing policies to support customers requiring additional support. These will be hosted on our new NEOS Group website page.
NEOS CONTINUES TO GROW
We announced that NEOS was named 2022 AFA Life Company of the Year and won several other awards as voted by advisers. These awards extend to our people showing their dedication and commitment to provide the best service to you and your clients.
We challenge ourselves to take service excellence to the next level by making life insurance easy and to continue investing in our people.
We’re therefore pleased to welcome two new additions to our sales and underwriting teams.
Leigh Orton joined the Victoria sales team as Business Development Manager with over 16 years’ experience. Leigh will add some knowledge from his time at MLC, strengthening our approach to Vivo Virtual Care, MLC claims and Encompass Protection.
Daniel Yianakis joins as a Senior Underwriter with over 18 years’ experience bringing with him a wealth of underwriting experience. Daniel joins us from Clearview where he was a Principal Underwriter.
We’ll continue to invest in the resources we need to provide the best experience – the NEOS Experience – our advisers are used to.
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NEOS WINS AFA LIFE COMPANY OF THE YEAR AND MORE
In case you haven’t heard, NEOS was named the Overall Platinum Life Company at the 2022 AFA Life Company of the Year awards.
In addition to this, we also won the Service Quality award (for the second year in a row), the Underwriting Team of the Year award (for the fourth year in a row) and the BDM/Support Team of the Year (for the third year in a row).
NEOS Protection also won product awards for Term and TPD Cover, and we were finalists for Income Protection and Trauma products.
Not only did we win AFA Life Company of the Year (even though we’re not an insurer), we were also recognised at the 2023 Adviser Ratings’ Adviser Choice Awards, winning all the service category awards – including Ease of underwriting, Platform Functionality, Adviser Support and Claims Handling – all for the second year in a row!
Paying claims is the sole purpose of this industry. That’s why we’re especially proud of this achievement and to see our commitment to delivering a great claims experience being recognised. If you missed our post on LinkedIn, hear what financial adviser, Daniel Isenhood had to say about his recent claim experience with NEOS.
We were also finalists for the Best Retail Life Insurer, Competitiveness of Product and Comprehensiveness of Modules making us a winner or finalist in seven of the nine award categories.
These awards are a testament to the dedication and professionalism of our employees in delivering the NEOS Experience to our customers, licensees, advisers and insurance partners.
If you’re not already working with the leader in Australian life insurance, or if you need a hand getting business submitted by the EOFY, get in touch today and let us show you why NEOS is the right choice.
LET US KNOW HOW WE'RE DOING
We want to ensure we’re providing solutions to make advisers’ lives easier. So, if there’s anything you feel we could be doing better or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the NEOS Experience, please let us know.
While this edition of our newsletter has highlighted some of the great successes we’ve recently had, we’re not too proud to think that we can’t be better.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me as your State Manager or alternatively your BDM. We’d love to hear from you! And of course, positive feedback is also appreciated.