Tiumalu Fa’alogo Iakopo is the Top Sales Agent for Samoa Life Assurance Corporation (S.L.A.C) for 2016-2017.
His hard work was acknowledged at Tanoa Tusitala on Friday night during the Corporation’s annual awards.
Tiumalu reached a net annual premium of $246,345, which according to the Chief Executive Officer, Lei’ataua Alden Godinet, is one of the highest premiums ever reached.
“The top sales agent this year was able to break the record and reach the net annual premium of $246,345 this is the highest and hardly any agent reach such a net annual premium,” said Lei’ataua. “So congratulations for all of the hard work that you have done throughout the past year.”
Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, also congratulates the Sales Team for their hard work.
“Think back on what we’ve learnt and the methods that need to be improved for the development of the corporation this year,” he said.
“We should also be looking at those people who cannot afford the service and in what ways we can help them.
“49 percent of the elders in Samoa are not getting this support so you might want to think of ways we can be able to help this 49 percent to get this support.”
Tiumalu is humbled by his success.
“I want to thank my wife and family for their support. I know that without their understanding I wouldn’t be standing up tonight to accept this award,” he said.
“I want to thank my General Manager, the management and all the staff of Samoa Life for their support and hard work.
“Tonight I am so happy because this was one of my goals to win this award and there were a lot of challenges but on a personal level I achieve it.”
So what’s the secret?
Tiumalu said it is about explaining to people why life insurance matters.
“I have been with Samoa Life for over 16 years I was in the division of loans,” he said.
“However, last year I joined the sales team so it’s been a year and a half since I joined the Sales team but now I am able to receive this award.
“I have no secret but the key factor of being a good sales person is to never give up. For the work that I did I tried to make the people understand of how important it is to have life insurance.
“When people truly understand the importance of life insurance they would want to come and join because they know that life is hard and if God suddenly calls them home at least they know that their children and family are financially supported.
“That’s the secret behind it all.”