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The GAWDA Life Insurance Trust (GAWDA Trust) is pleased to announce that USI Affinity has been chosen to administer the existing Metropolitan Life (Met Life) Life Insurance Program for GAWDA members. USI Affinity currently administers life insurance coverage on behalf of numerous associations around the country. USI Affinity will administer a comprehensive and accessible product that meets the high service expectations of GAWDA members.
“We are pleased to welcome USI Affinity’s leadership in providing quality, administrative services that add real value to the Gases and Welding Distributors Association membership,” says GAWDA Brian McLaughlin.
Insurance Trust past Chairman, Avery “Whip” Seaman. “Our life insurance program has paid an annual dividend for over 50 years, is financially stable, and not a single member has dropped out of the program in 2011. The program was designed exclusively for GAWDA members with features such as an enhanced accidental death and dismemberment benefit as well as dependent life coverage.”
In conjunction with the change in administrators there will also be a change in life insurance consultants. Dave Irving, who had overseen the GAWDA Life Insurance Program for over half a century, entrusted his responsibilities to Brian McLaughlin of USI Affinity back in 2014. McLaughlin is vice president of employee benefits at USI Affinity and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Met Life will remain as the insurer of the program, and there will be no plan design or rate changes associated with this change.