January 20-22, 2021

Sessions from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM CST

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You’ll need to first create an account and then you’ll be guided through the registration form. If you have any questions about the event, please contact your sales director at 800-255-5055.

IAMS, Inc. is proud to present our first-ever virtual kick-off event, entitled Ascend. This three-day conference featuring some of the best minds in our industry will cover new marketing strategies, industry news, sales concepts, and more. With carrier presentations and insights from the IAMS team, you will leave this event ready to tackle 2021.


We will recognize our top producers and agencies at Ascend, and we have a number of special speakers lined up to discuss competition, innovation, and adaptation—all important ideas as we head into the new year.


Gary Woodland

Professional Golfer
Winner U.S. Open

Learn more about Gary Woodland at www.pgatour.com


Moshe Milevsky

Professor of Finance
York University

Linas Sudzius, JD

Advanced Underwriting Consultants

Dr. Jack Marrion

Director of Research

Elias Krauklis

Vice President
U.S. Equity Strategy at Barclays



Day 1 – January 20

11:00 AM

  • President’s Update
    Presenter: Steve Murray

  • Carrier Spotlight: Sales Ideas with F&G
    Presenter: Christine Grines

12:00 PM

  • Barclays’s Global Economic Forecast & Impact on Insurance Industry 
    Presenter: Elias Krauklis
    and Carrie Freeburg

1:00 PM

  • Increase Your Sales EQ to Drive Sales
    Presenter: Dr. Jack Marrion

  • Bridging the Retirement Gap: 3 Sales Ideas To Help
    Presenter: Wade Eldridge

Day 2 – January 21

11:00 AM

  • Perseverance, Resiliency, and Competition: Insights from U.S Open Winner Gary Woodland
    Gary Woodland in conversation with Mike Dickerson of North American and Curtis Hawks of IAMS

12:00 PM

  • Carrier Spotlight: Sales Strategies with North American Annuity & Life Products 
    Presenters: Tiya Stanley and Andrew Herrera

  • DOL Fiduciary Rule, State Best Interests Reg & What to Expect with Pres. Biden
    Presenters: Chris Conroy (IAMS), Kevin Mechtley (North American), and Blaine Doerrfeld (Athene)

1:00 PM

  • Evolving Your Business with IAMS Wealth Management
    Presenters: Charles R. Heuring

  • Carrier Spotlight: Sales Ideas from EquiTrust
    Presenter: Jason Goodrich

  • Carrier Spotlight: Nassau Re
    Presenter: Jake Quagliaroli

Day 3 – January 22

11:00 AM

  • Using Annuities for a Retirement Income Plan
    Presenter: Prof. Moshe Milevsky 

  • Carrier Spotlight: Ascending with Athene
    Presenter: Mac Campbell

12:00 PM

  • Advanced Markets Planning Opportunities in 2021
    Presenters: Linas Sudzius and Curtis Hawks 

  • Carrier Spotlight: Pension Strategies with American National
    Michael Carsello and Jonathan Sacks

1:00 PM

  • Carrier Spotlight: The SPL Advantage with Baltimore Life
    Presenter: Doug Murphy

  • Top Producer Awards Ceremony – Trip Announcement
    Presenter: Steve Murray