Greg Bell - Keynote Speaker

Greg infuses everything he does with passion and humor and specializes in working to transform both people and organizations.  Greg is the author of two books: What’s Going Well?: The Question That Changes Everything and Water The Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals.  He is a Certified Speaking Professional (SCP), the highest earned designation for the National Speakers Association and International Federation of Professional Speakers.  Only 10% of speakers have earned this designation.

Greg has shared his ideas with tens of thousands of people and has served as a consultant and trainer for almost 500 organizations around the country.  His keynotes and seminars provide inspiration and practical skills for individuals and organizations who want to achieve extraordinary results.

Greg earned both his Political Science and his Law degrees at the University of Oregon, and it was while there, as a competitive athlete in basketball, that he learned about the critical importance of teamwork and great coaching.  As a result, he was consistently named Inspirational Player of the Year throughout his athletic career.  He is also the force behind Coaches vs. Cancer – a campaign for the American Cancer Society that has raised over $100 million for cancer research.  

Tim Clairmont - Founder/CEO Clear Financial Partners

Tim Clairmont, CFP®, MSFS, is the founder and CEO of Clear Financial Partners, a holistic financial planning firm. Clairmont has served clients as a financial advisor for over two decades, and his passion for helping others has resulted in international recognition within the financial services community. He is ranked as a Top of the Table Member with the Million Dollar Round Table, which is a world-renowned financial advisory and insurance organization.

As a leading financial expert, Tim Clairmont is frequently cited in Business Insider, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC Make It, Investor’s Business Daily and Advisor News, among many others. He shares his executive insight in his two books, Passionate Ambivalence: How to Sell with Authenticity and Integrity and What Should I Do with My 401K? Should I Buy an Annuity? Tim is also a recurring guest on AM Northwest and has a segment called “Money Talks” on iHeart Radio.

Clairmont is a passionate public speaker. In 2018, he spoke about emotional intelligence to an audience of over 14,000 insurance and financial advisors from over 60 countries. The speech was also live-streamed to an audience of over 70,000 viewers around the globe. Tim seeks engagements that allow him to share his financial expertise with the public.

To provide clients and advisors with an exciting and easy-to-use tool for collaborating assets and income sources, Clairmont launched the free ClearFP Clock App. Download it for free today to own your clock and claim your minutes!

In 2017, Clairmont launched a unique international education initiative called the ClearFP Advisor Program™ ( to train, assess, consult, and offer other practice development tools and strategies. Clairmont has compiled the best permanent time-saving systems and techniques and structured these into modules that can be effectively added to a successful Financial Advisor’s business.

Paul Dougherty - State Farm Insurance/NAFIA National Officer

Paul Dougherty is the Past-President of NAIFA and has been in the insurance and financial services field for twenty-eight years representing

State Farm Insurance, the last twenty-one as an Agent in Hyattsville, Maryland.  He is a passionate advocate for the insurance industry in

general, and the role of the agent specifically.

Throughout his career, Paul has actively engaged in training producers, educating clients, as well as advising regulators and legislators about

the value of the products and services designed to help consumers recover from the unexpected.  Paul speaks to audiences and organizations around the country about the key role producers play in the industry and the need to assist clients in preparing for their financial future. 

His insights in the delivery of professional advice to a diverse marketplace has resulted in multiple requests to brief members of Congress and their staffs on key issues and has led to frequent testimony before Maryland House and Senate committees.  He is also the current Chairman of the Retirement Planning Coalition of Maryland.

Rick Hayes - CVP - Advanced Life Sales  New York LIfe

Rick’s first experience with sales was with Success Motivating Institute where he sold goal setting and self-improvement material.

He became a New York Life Agent in July of 1986. Within his first year qualified for Career Council, where he was elected as the Vice President of his Career Council.  He has been awarded the Centurion Award, National Quality Award and was an Executive Council member while an agent.  He was promoted as the Training Manager for the Greater Oregon General Office in January 1991.  He was again promoted to Pacific Coast Life Product Consultant in April 1999.  Rick completed his CLU designation in 1994 and his ChFC designation in 1996.  He earned his Master’s of Science in Financial Services in July 2000.  He was the 1994-1995 President of the Salem Board of Life Underwriters.  He is the 1996 winner of the Tony Konen Memorial Award for Leadership.  He has served as a board member of the Society of Financial Professional.  Rick earned an AEP (Accredited Estate Planning) designation in August 2000.  Rick was promoted in Feb. 2011 to Assistant Vice President Whole Life Specialist in the Pacific agencies. He was promoted to Corporate Vice President and Life Sales officer for the Pacific Zone in 2014, and has supervise the Life Consultant team. He was promoted in January 2018 to Advance Life Sale Officer, where he will be responsible for WL sales in the Pacific and West Central Agencies and work specifically with the top 100 agents in those two zones.  His specialty is working with agents on advanced planning and Business cases.

Rick speaks and entertains around the country on sales, motivation and people skills.  Rick’s unique speaking style encompasses magic and humor to keep the audiences laughing and learning at the same time

Rick and his wife Louanne live in Salem, Oregon.  They have two sons, Zachary and Bryant.

Candace Jennings - Candace Jennings Consulting 

With over 25 years of experience in the Private Client insurance market, Candace has expertise in meeting the complex and often unique insurance needs of affluent and emerging wealth clients.  She has a consultative approach that goes beyond a typical insurance process.  By understanding as much as possible about her clients, she can help them to not only understand and address the potential risks to their wealth and lifestyle but also to provide an array of solutions.

Candace built an agency that became a significant part of the Lake Oswego community and was respected for its high-quality delivery of services. Over a short period of time, Candace and her team became experts in the Private Client and Family Office space.  The company was acquired by Woodruff Sawyer in 2011 with the intent to expand those services.  Candace stayed on as Vice President of the Private Client division until October 2014 at which time she left Woodruff Sawyer to spend time with her aging parents and enjoy a brief sabbatical. 

Candace is a long-time resident of Lake Oswego, Oregon.  She attended Lake Oswego High School and graduated from the University of Oregon.  She holds licenses in Property and Casualty, Life and Health as well as Consulting.  She is also a Life Underwriters Training Council Fellowship (LUTCF) and has recently completed the Certified Private Risk Insurance Advisor (CPRIA)) designation.  She is a founding member of the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA). Along with her business activities she enjoys participating in many community activities.  Candace is married to her husband, Gil: they enjoy hiking, running and golf.     

R. J. Kelly - Wealth Legacy Group Inc.

R. J. Kelly is Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Wealth Legacy Group®, Inc., a company specializing in the diverse needs of closely-held business and professional families. Creator of the Wealth Legacy Assessment™ and the Critical Actions Roadmap™, R. J. develops comprehensive plans that maximize investment growth, mitigate risk, create clarity in family legacy & issues of philanthropy, and facilitate business succession and exit strategies. He is also Co-Founder and Chair of The Center for Wealth & Legacy™, a non-profit organization in San Diego which presents the annual “Lasting Legacy & Inspiration Awards™” and the tri-annual “Leadership Insights Forum™.

R. J. has been in the financial services industry since 1977. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter®, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Retirement Income Certified Professional®, a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, has a Masters in Financial Services with an emphasis in taxation, and is an Investment Advisor Representative of Wealth Legacy Group®, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

He is nationally recognized for his technical skills in estate planning, business succession, national and international risk management, wealth appreciation, executive benefits and charitable tools. R. J. is frequently relied upon as an expert witness in litigation matters. Additionally, as a Life Coach™ and accredited Interplay™ facilitator, he is skilled in handling delicate interpersonal matters and facilitating family communication.

Major publications include the San Diego Union Tribune, LA Times, Denver Post and Yahoo Finance. Speaking audiences include the Vistage International Conference, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Sharp Hospital foundation, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting in Australia, Hewlett Packard, the San Diego County Bar – Business Law Section, and more. He has been featured on the PBS series “The Financial Advisors”, the radio program “Inside Business”, and the Wealth Channel.

R. J.’s interests include a commitment to being a wise and fun husband, performing in a contemporary Christian band, and being active in community, church and international volunteer work. He has worked in Guatemala, Mexico, Myanmar, Cambodia and Russia on service and humanitarian projects. In 2005 he raised over $30k to help Cambodian landmine victims and a school in Phnom Penh. An eight time marathoner, he has raised $35k for Leukemia-Lymphoma research through his running. His life goals include facilitating directly or indirectly $1 billion to charity (he has recently reached the $100M mark), serving overseas in Liberia & India in 2020 (his “2020 Vision”) and travels to Bhutan, Iguaçu Falls, Machu Picchu, Tibet, India and the Amazon. He recently accomplished a long time dream of doing a tail hook landing and catapult take off from the aircraft carrier, USS Abraham Lincoln.

R. J. is blessed to be married to his beautiful wife, Vymean, a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, and one equally committed to making the world a better place.

Ryan Pinney - Pinney Insurance 

Ryan  J. Pinney, LACP is a twelve-year MDRT member with twelve Top of the Table qualifications. Recognized for using innovative technologies to drive insurance sales, streamline the application process, and speed up underwriting, Ryan has been honored as an AdvisorToday “4 under 40” Financial Advisor, by LifeHealthPro Magazine as one of the “24 Most Creative People in Insurance”, and as a National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) ID Twenty award recipient. Utilizing a wide array of digital marketing tools and home-grown technology, his agency sold thousands of policies direct-to-consumer over the internet last year. 

Ryan is also active in the industry where he has served as National Trustee for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and Divisional Vice President of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT).   

Jim Pittman -ICS Consulting


"To educate my clients about their options and alternatives so they can make informed decisions."

Professional Specialties                                 Consulting Services

Long-Term Care Insurance                                Life Insurance Consulting

Life Insurance                                                    Policy Monitoring & Maintenance

Disability Income Insurance                               Estate Analysis

Business Continuation Funding                         Trust Owned Life Insurance Fiduciary Risk Management

Estate Liquidity Funding 


University of Oregon, B.S.Business & Psychology

American College, M.S. Financial Services 

Professional Designations

CLU  Chartered Life Underwriter

ChFC Chartered Financial Consultant

CFP Certified Financial Consultant

AEP Accredited Estate Planner

RHU Registered Health Underwriter

LUTCF Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow

CFBS Certified Family Business Specialist

CLTC Certified in Long Term Care 

Professional Associations

Estate Planning Council of Portland, Inc.; past president

Portland CLU, ChFC  Association; past president

Million Dollar Round Table; qualifying & lifetime member

MDRT Foundation board member (2002-2006)
Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland, OR; former board member

National Association of Life & Health Underwriters (NALU,NAHU)

Loaves & Fishes, Planned Giving Committee

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Planned Giving Committee

Oregon Health Sciences Foundation Planned Giving Council (former president)


Born in Portland, Oregon

Married to Karon; one son and two daughters

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