At the age of 70, many people might be content to sit back and enjoy their Golden Years in leisure. But for Primerica veteran, Brud Hall, of Des Plaines, IL, “old” age is anything but! “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen a lot of my peers choose golf or tennis to stay active,” says Brud. “If you’re competitive, however, you have to find something a little more challenging to keep yourself engaged.”


Brud turned to the highly skilled National Senior Games Association (NSGA) to fuel his competitive nature – and he says the gold medals he’s won continue to add fuel to the fire. “Like the Olympics, you can compete in almost every sport – track and field, golf, cycling, archery, etc.,” Brud explains. “There are qualifier meets at the state level and from there, medalists advance to the national games. You’re competing against athletes age 50 and up, and it’s a real motivator to see some of these people playing at a high level in their 80s and 90s! I really believe that competition keeps you young because the training that goes into it and the drive to be the best pushes you to do things you may not have accomplished without it.”


Brud and his wife, Debbie, are no strangers to competition. Thirty‑five years ago, the pair became entrepreneurs with A.L. Williams (now Primerica), providing the financial solutions the families they serve need in order to reach their goals. “There are a lot of parallels between sports and Primerica,” smiles Brud. “The biggest one is the competition. People ask me when I’m going to retire. I just say, ‘Look at all the leaders in this company who went out with their boots on!’ Those men and women were fighting to be the best to the end. Competition allowed them to get up every day and live for something. The great ones stay in it to win it. For me, retiring would mean giving up on life. I love this, I can’t leave it!”


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Recently, 58 Primerica Home Office employees gathered for the 2015 Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services Great Days of Service project. This year, Primerica’s Great Days event benefitted the Wishes 4 Me Foundation. Founded as a non-profit organization on the belief that giving up is never an option, Wishes 4 Me works to assist adults who are disabled to live more active, involved and rewarding lives. Wishes 4 Me helps in providing or locating medical equipment, providing specialized housing and assisting with support groups.






Primerica employees built a retaining wall, repaired and painted a storage shed, planted shrubs and flowers, laid mulch, trimmed hedges, and improved the grounds of four Wishes 4 Me properties.


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Tis the season for parties and giving, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend too much money along the way. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the occasion without breaking the bank. Here are five:

  1. Decorate with nature. Hosting a get together or simply want to spruce up your home? Look outside. There are plenty of decorative fall finds in your backyard! Gather pinecones and put them in a bowl as a centerpiece. Use the beautifully colored fall leaves as place cards or to spread along your tablescape. Acorns littering your yard? Dip them in gold paint (a couple of dollars at any craft store) and add them to your festive scene.
  1. Make it potluck. Instead of hosting a dinner party and preparing everything yourself, ask guests to bring a dish to contribute. Not only will it make it a more memorable “sharing” event, it will save you time and money!
  1. Go to a farmer’s market. Looking to save money on fall vegetables? Go to your local farmer’s market to stock up. You can’t beat the variety — or the price!
  1. Make a list and check it twice! A great way to save money is to jot down what you need on a piece of paper or your handheld device and stick to it when you’re shopping. Try not to deviate from your plan and get caught up in buying “extras” you really don’t need.
  1. Keep it simple. Thanksgiving is all about spending time with people you care about and showing them how much you appreciate them, not over-doing it. Keep it simple and you’ll be thankful you did!


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10 Ways to Save This Fall
Holiday events, gifts and grand meals are just around the corner! Unfortunately for most, that means overindulging and overspending become the norm. It’s fun while it lasts, but who wants to live with that kind of regret? Not you!

There are tons of super fun things you can do, make and see that won’t break the bank. So this season, don’t “fall” into bad habits, “fall” into savings, instead. You’ll be glad you did!

10 Fun (and Easy!) Ways to Save

  1. Cook hearty meals. Fall is all about feeling cozy, so break out those comfort food and soup recipes! You can cook in batches and freeze them for convenience. Plus, cooking in a larger quantity (i.e. for 6-8 instead of 3-4 servings) saves you time, too. Want to up the ante? Use your handy crockpot instead of the oven for energy efficiency savings, too!
  2. Enjoy the great outdoors. It’s not too hot and not too cold. That means it’s the perfect time to get out and explore! Most parks are free, so lace up your sneakers or hiking boots and make exploring nature a family affair. Another way to make it special and save? Pack a picnic and eat al fresco!
  3. Take advantage of special sales. Stores and shopping sites are ramping up for the holiday season. Make a list of what you need to buy and keep a lookout for the best price. Sales aren’t just on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Stores will be having sales weekly (if not daily!) for the rest of the year.
  4. Make some gifts. With so many online resources, it’s easy to find simple, affordable and adorable handmade gift ideas for the ones you love. Get a head start on making gifts now so you don’t feel overwhelmed later.
  5. Adjust your thermostat. Fall is a perfect time to turn off the AC and open a few windows. Also, if it gets chilly, simply light a fire in the fireplace or add a sweater to your outfit. These are easy ways to save money on your heating bill.
  6. Light a fire. Fun is about being together, not fancy outings. Have a fire pit and a backyard? It’s a great time of year to roast marshmallows or hot dogs and make s’mores. Kids love simple luxuries like that and it’s relaxing for adults to sit back and gather around the fire. Plus, you can find affordable fire pits at your local hardware store for as little as $30.
  7. Weatherproof your home. Simple things like weather stripping, adding extra caulk and changing the direction of your fans to push warm air down can cut down on expenses in the winter.
  8. Get out of dodge. Airfares and other modes of transportation are cheaper in the fall and winter months. Treat yourself to a getaway and you could save!
  9. Put your gym membership on hold. The weather is nice outside, so why pay to exercise indoors? Ask your gym if you can suspend your membership for a couple of months and save!
  10. Look for free stuff. Tis the season for all kinds of fun outdoor activities and mini celebrations. Check your local paper and local discount websites to see what’s happening in your area for free (hello, lighting of the Christmas tree!) or for a reduced price.

Remember, you can still have fun this fall and save along the way. Just be creative and look around you. Savings are everywhere!


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CEO Glenn Williams asked Primerica representatives to bring their Why – a physical representation of their reason for doing the Unreasonable – to the 2015 Convention in Atlanta to post on The Primerica Wall. Representatives answered the call and covered an area spanning more than 300 feet with their Whys!

“We must be crystal clear on why we’re here… Here on this planet, here at Primerica. We call it our Why. I call it our Reason for doing the Unreasonbable.” – CEO Glenn Williams

It was a powerful depiction of the fuel that drives our representatives, so we brought The Wall to Primerica’s International Headquarters. This new display debuted in a ceremony with Williams and President Peter Schneider and features an incredible sampling of just some of the inspirational images and declarations posted on The Wall.



At the ceremony, Schneider presented Williams with a book of photographs of the Wall – a testament to the power of an idea. When The Wall was set up at Convention, no one was sure what would happen. In the end, it took on a life of its own.



The Wall became the centerpiece of the 2015 Convention, transformed the entire event and sparked remarkable momentum within the company. Primerica is helping people realize their dreams and giving them the place and opportunity to make them possible!

Stop by the International Headquarters to take a look at The Wall – and use the interactive screen to browse the entire Wall and find your Why!


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