by Structured Settlement Watchdog
The end of the tenure of Smith Bucklin as the association management company for the National Structured Settlement Trade Association is nigh and it couldn't come soon enough, in the opinion of this author.
Smith Bucklin's "reign" began in late January 2008 with the ill advised announcement of the appointment of Diane Swenson as Executive Director. For an organization that draws its membership from both the plaintiff and defense communities the announcement of the appointment of a former Executive Vice President of the American Tort Reform Association could best be described as a bumbling "how do you do?".
Now after two years of a "rudderless ship" NSSTA appears to be back on positive course. Yet information has begun to emerge that should be very disturbing to all members. Those members should be putting pressure on NSSTA to clean out its cobwebs and do something that will save the member's money, rather than cost them
We have recently learned that among other things:
Joseph Barnet, CSSC, Prudential Insurance Company of America
Len Blonder, EPS Settlements Group
Randy Dyer, CSSC, Ringler Associates
James Ebel, Selective Settlements International
Dan Finn, CSSC, Finn Financial Group, LLC
Betty Gregware, CSSC, John Hancock
James E. Logan, CSSC, James E. Logan & Associates
John Machir, Ringler Associates
Larry Niemi, CSSC, Niemi & Associates
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” Winston Churchill
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” Abraham Lincoln