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In the face of the industry disruption known as ACA, the top independent employee benefit firms in the U.S. have found ways to remain relevant, profitable, independent, and growing.

If you want to discover their secrets, plan now to attend ASCEND – The Agency Growth & Leadership Summit. Our influential Host Committee exemplifies the caliber and quality of agency owners who are attending ASCEND.

Designed by & for owners, principals & practice leaders of employee benefits firms, ASCEND is like no other industry event you’ve ever attended. If you want to experience a truly interactive, collaborative experience with the most progressive & innovative agency leaders while discovering agency growth strategies & honing your leadership skills, you want to attend ASCEND.

Other industry events do a great job covering products, plan design, ACA, regulatory updates, compliance, and other technical issues. ASCEND is committed to growing your business. Come discover insights and strategies from some of the top agency leaders in the country and some of the top thought leaders and growth experts in the industry.

ASCEND’s 100% Performance Guarantee

guarantee-sealAny attendee at ASCEND who believes that he or she has not received value far in excess of their investment – after just the first full day – will receive a complete 100% refund of the registration fee PLUS $500 for travel expenses.

Registration Fees & Scholarships

While the investment to attend ASCEND is higher than for most other industry events, it represents a mere fraction of the value gained by participating in ASCEND. In fact, the value of your investment has a 100% guarantee.


The ASCEND Experience

ASCEND is where progressive agency leaders working at the frontiers of innovation & reinvention come to up their game. Over three days, we candidly share front-line experiences & best practices, reflect deeply on our role & our impact on our clients, and find the strategies and network we need to make our agency the benefits firm of choice in our market. ASCEND balances professional development and technical skills sharing with relationship building.

At ASCEND you will be an active participant, working on designing and developing strategies and tools your firm can leverage immediately for growth. You also will participate in peer-exchange Mastermind Roundtable discussions to collaborate and share best practices & growth strategies. And at Expert Roundtables, you can ask questions of top subject matter experts about leadership skills and growth strategies.

Attendance will be limited strictly to benefits agency owners, principals & benefits practice leaders, making the event a uniquely valuable opportunity to learn what is working at other top firms and to build a national network of high-performing agency leaders.

You can’t just buy a ticket; you need to apply to attend.

You have received an exclusive invitation to apply to attend and not all applicants will be successful due to the qualification criteria and limited places. The program is tailored and limited to agency owners, principals, and practice leaders who manage the firm’s employee benefits operation only. If you’re ready to take your firm to the next level, apply now to attend ASCEND.

Every time…I write down something that someone else said, that’s takeaway. And that is something that is hugely valuable because I’m learning from the best people in the industry.

David Contorno, President

Lake Norman Benefits, Charlotte, NC

Knowing how [Nelson & Scott] think… and organize things, I think [ASCEND] will be outstanding. The energy, excitement, and ideas that will flow out of that place will be incredible!

Tom Schuetz, Managing Partner

Group Services, Inc., Bettendorf, IA

What we really need to do is collaborate and an organization like [ASCEND] does exactly that.

Chris Lebreque, Managing Partner

Employee Benefits Grp-IOA, Orlando, FL

We have designed ASCEND to be a very unique and, I believe, extremely important, new conference unlike any you’ve ever attended. This will be a unique “anti-conference” focused on helping the attendees drive positive change in their firms.

Greg Carlton, SVP Benefits/Wellness

Peel & Holland, Benton, KY

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