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As the curtain closes on the year 2023, so does a remarkable chapter in the career of an exceptional individual - Laura P. DeGolier, CLU, LUTCF, FSS, RICP. A loyal member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) since 1980, Laura bids adieu to a distinguished career as she enters the well-deserved realm of retirement.

Laura's impact within NAIFA-Wisconsin has been nothing short of extraordinary. Over the span of more than four decades, she has been a force to be reckoned with, dedicating herself to advocacy at the local, state, and national levels. Her unwavering commitment to the principles of NAIFA has made her a respected figure not only within the organization but also among Wisconsin legislators.

Since 1993, Laura has held leadership positions in advocacy, demonstrating a rare longevity and a deep-seated passion for the industry. Her contributions have not gone unnoticed, with Wisconsin legislators recognizing her by her first name—a testament to the influence she has had in shaping policy discussions.

Laura's encyclopedic knowledge of insurance and the legislative process has earned her a legendary status. So profound is her expertise that, at one point, it was suggested that she could do the job of the Commissioner of Insurance. Her influence extends beyond NAIFA-Wisconsin, resonating within the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Wisconsin Legislature.

As Laura steps into retirement, NAIFA-Wisconsin acknowledges the significant void left in her wake. Her wisdom and knowledge have been invaluable, and her shoes will not be easy to fill. Her departure marks the end of an era, but the impact of her contributions will resonate for years to come.

To Laura, words fall short in expressing the gratitude and admiration that NAIFA-Wisconsin holds for you. Your tireless efforts, leadership, and dedication have left an indelible mark on the organization. As you embark on this new chapter of life, we wish you a retirement filled with joy, relaxation, and the fulfillment that comes from a career exceptionally well-lived.

Laura Degolier's retirement is not just a goodbye to a chapter; it's a celebration of a legacy that has enriched the lives of those she has worked with and the industry she has passionately served. May your retirement be as extraordinary as the career you've had, Laura.