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John F. Nichols serves as president of Disability Resource Group, Inc., a national insurance agency he founded in 1999. In 1993, John suffered a near-death experience from a water skiing accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down to his toes. Through six years of rehabilitation, he reached a level of recovery that less than 1 percent of all spinal cord injury patients attain. John, who in 2010 was LIFE’s industry spokesperson for Disability Insurance Awareness Month, has chronicled his story in Paycheck Protection, The Conversation.
John is a nationally recognized financial services industry speaker. He has addressed MDRT as a session speaker, in 2004 and 2010; NAIFA’s national conference; and more than 500 state and local NAIFA programs.
As a life and qualifying MDRT member, John has two Court of the Table and five Top of the Table qualifications. He is a Platinum Knight—level contributor to the MDRT foundation.
John serves as NAIFA’s Secretary and previously as a national board trustee since 2007. That year, NAIFA Chicago Region recognized John with its Leadership in Life Award. He is among the top 40 lifetime contributors to NAIFA’s Political Action Fund.
He obtained his CLU designation in 2003 and graduated with his Masters in Science Management with an emphasis in Leadership in 2011 from The American College. John is a member of the President’s Circle contributor level at the American College.
John divides his time between Chicago, Lyons, Colo., and Bonita Springs, Fla., and loves to travel, play golf, and train for marathons.
Check out John’s books!
- For Advisors: Paycheck Protection: The Conversation
- For Consumers: Passion, Purpose, Protection: The Ability of Disability Insurance