In the world of business, I've always believed that empathy and understanding are the keys to success. Today, I am thrilled to share my personal journey, one that has led to an incredible collaboration with Chris Voss and SuccessBooks® for the upcoming release of "Empathy and Understanding in Business."

A Journey Rooted in Experience

My career has been a remarkable adventure, steeped in the belief that empathy is a game-changer. With decades of experience in the financial and insurance services industry, including a fulfilling tenure as the president of a prominent mortgage banking company, my expertise runs deep. I've had the privilege of providing invaluable advisory services to businesses seeking financing for their ventures, including esteemed financial institutions like City National Bank.

A Personal Connection to Empathy

But my commitment to empathy goes beyond the professional realm. My personal experiences have shaped my dedication to advocating for long-term care benefits. My parents, both respected Beverly Hills Attorneys, needed care benefits multiple times in their careers. My mother, who was a primary caregiver for my father on several occasions, recognized the vital importance of owning a long-term care plan. Her journey with long-term care spanned an incredible 18 years, allowing her to live a remarkable life until the age of 103.

A Voice in the Media

My passion for empowering individuals and businesses with essential insurance benefits has brought me into the media spotlight. I've had the privilege of making appearances on notable TV programs, including "Moving America Forward" with William Shatner and Doug Llewelyn. In these discussions, I've explored topics ranging from long-term care insurance to caregiving support services and the financial and estate planning reasons for owning long-term care benefits.

A Distinguished Military Career

Before my career in finance and insurance, I served in the U.S. Army with honour and distinction. I was part of the 82nd Airborne Division during the 1968 riots in Washington, D.C., and subsequently served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. My service earned me accolades such as the Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne Jump Wings Badge, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Bronze Star, and Air Medal.

A Lifelong Learner and Visionary Mind

Beyond my professional achievements, I am a fervent advocate for knowledge and curiosity. Currently, I am honing my negotiation skills with the Black Swan Group and maintaining a voracious appetite for history and biography literature. My wife and I are avid travellers, finding joy in exploring new destinations and revelling in live music and theatre experiences.

A Commitment to Expertise

My educational background further underlines my commitment to excellence. I hold a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, as well as an MBA and M.A. from the Drucker-Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. My dedication to my field is exemplified by my CLTC (Certificate in Long-Term Care) qualification, reassuring clients of my unwavering commitment and expertise as an Extended Care Benefits Advisor.

The Power of Collaboration

As visionary minds unite, the fusion of my financial and insurance insights with Chris Voss's negotiation and consulting prowess promises to weave a rich tapestry of ideas and strategies, all underpinned by the essential principles of empathy and understanding for business success. My contribution to the forthcoming book, "Empathy and Understanding in Business," guarantees a unique depth of insight that promises to reshape how we approach business.

Stay tuned for more updates on my website, Lavine LTC Benefits, on this exciting collaboration and the release of "Empathy and Understanding in Business." My journey is an inspiring reminder that empathy and understanding can be powerful drivers of success in both business and life.