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September 10-12, 2023
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, Myrtle Beach

Join us in Myrtle Beach for NAIFA-South Carolina's 2023 State Conference! We can't wait to see you.

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Christopher Gandy

Christopher Gandy, LACP
Founder of Midwest Legacy Group LLC, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker

Christopher L. Gandy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Legacy Group (OneAmerica) in Lisle, IL. Gandy is member of NAIFA's National Board of Trustees, he has served as President of NAIFA’s Chicagoland chapter and has been a NAIFA member since 2003. He entered the insurance and financial services industry in 1999 after playing professional basketball for the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs as well as in L’Hermaine, France.

Gandy serves on NAIFA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and is a member of the NAIFA 2025 Strategic Planning Committee. He is a highly sought after speaker for industry events and has been a speaker at NAIFA’s Performance+Purpose annual conference and published in Advisors Magazine, GQ, Advisor Today and InsuranceNewsNet among other publications.

Gandy is also an active volunteer in the community. He serves on the Board of the Chicago Concussion Coalition, which strives to make amateur sports safer for children, and on the Board of Directors of the Urban League. He is part of the United Way’s Young Community Leaders and volunteers for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

Michael Wise

Michael Wise
Director of South Carolina Department of Insurance

Michael Wise was appointed Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance in May 2023.  A South Carolina native and graduate of Furman University, Wise has spent most of his career fostering a well-functioning insurance market that benefits both consumers and insurers alike through fair and responsive regulation.   Prior to his appointment as Director, he served as Deputy Director of the Actuarial and Market Services Division, responsible for actuarial analyses, policy form and rate reviews, and the monitoring of traditional insurance markets.  He has also been an active participant in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meetings and initiatives.  

Wise believes consumer protection is at the heart of insurance regulation and seeks to balance the affordability and availability of insurance products to ensure South Carolina consumers are protected by strong, solvent carriers.   He began his career at the Department in 2009 as a rates analyst before moving into various actuarial and management roles.  He has sought to guarantee transparency throughout the rate filing process by encouraging open communication with carriers.  He believes a competitive marketplace is key to consumers having access to the insurance products they need at prices that are as affordable as possible while ensuring companies are able to pay claims and remain solvent.

Wise holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics-economics from Furman, is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and is a recent graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute.  Wise is also a recent recipient of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Rising Actuary Award.  

Director Wise resides with his wife, Jennifer, and two children in Richland County in Columbia, SC.

liz parker

Liz Parker
LT Results

Liz Parker founded LT Consultants Inc. over 24 years ago in Hong Kong. Liz uses proven processes to enable business owners and leaders to clearly articulate their visions and identify the business challenges that prevent them from further growth. She is a seasoned facilitator, performance coach, and Vistage Speaker, from Greenville, SC.

Liz is a certified analyst for DISC behaviors, motivators, acumen and other assessment tools through TTI Success Insights and the Seven Stages of Entrepreneurial Growth by Flashpoint! She has worked with multi-national organizations in worldwide leadership development, cross-functional team dynamics, strategic planning, and coaching across Asia-Pacific, Australia, Europe and the UK, the Middle East, South America, and the U.S.

Liz relies on her honesty and integrity to address sensitive issues that others are afraid to discuss. She helps business leaders at all levels and across all industries become more self-aware to uncover the hidden potential in themselves and their businesses.

In her new book, “Who’s Leading Your Business, Conquer the “Monstrous” Challenges of Vision, Values, Processes and More” Liz presents 9 Solutions for strategic planning and a creative approach to leadership. You can find the book at: Amazon: Who's Leading Your Business? and more about Liz at www.LTResults.com



Mike Ward
Turtle Creek Concepts, LLC

Mike has nearly 20 years of experience in the technology industry helping small businesses and non-profits with their technology needs. As the growing threats of cybersecurity increase, Mike works together with clients to help them understand these risks, secure their systems, and train personnel in order to improve their chances of overcoming cyber events.