The question is: Do you have what it takes?
We welcome all applicants who are retail insurance agents, retail investment advisors, and retail registered representatives. The key word is retail.
Applicants that work for home offices, or for wholesale distributors, will have to ask for special dispensation from the Top Gun Staff.
You will be tested.
Steps to enlisting (MUST be followed IN ORDER):
- First, register on the forum. Please take care selecting your User Name (alias). Do NOT use your real name, and do NOT use the name of your firm, agency, or any URL. The acronyms IMO, FMO, BGA or GA are not allowed as part of an alias without prior permission.
Second, all insurance producers must email a scanned copy of their current insurance license to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third, after your registration passes the selection process, then click here: http://bit.ly/1vOfYLN to subscribe to the forum.
Selection for the Infantry happens manually. Everything we ask you to do has a specific reason.
Not everyone who applies will be selected. We are discriminating here.
If you subscribe before you submit your license AND receive an email indicating you have been selected, there are NO REFUNDS.
The reason for our selection process is to spoof the Nigerians, Russians, and other trolls that seek to spam this forum. This process is used to confirm your identity in order to protect this forum from intruders that do not belong, such as the lay public, pikers, failed planners, those who are not qualified, and anyone that has received a Bad Conduct Discharge.
If you wish to maintain your forum membership, you should use a valid email address that you check daily. By registering on this forum, you explicitly agree to receive periodic emails from this site, or from approved vendors.
REFUND POLICY: If you submit your license, then there will be no refunds under any circumstances. Those who submit their license have made their intent to access this forum manifest. TANSTAAFL
CANCELLATION POLICY: You may cancel your subscription at any time. There will be no refunds for cancelled subscriptions, and your access will be restricted immediately. There are NO REFUNDS.
In order to create a better forum, all prospective recruits MUST post an introductory post in THIS forum, after they register (see the link at the top of the page). Please do not post your real name or other information that reveals your true identity in the forum. Instead, post some basic info about what you do, and where you are in your career.
- Are you a life insurance agent, or registered representative, or registered investment advisor, or other financial services professional?
What retail channel are you in: Captive, independent, wirehouse, bank, other?
How many years of retail experience?
What are your career goals?
How did you find Top Gun Producers?
Top Gun Producers is a PRIVATE forum and is not open to the general public. It is exclusively for a select group of people who are in retail financial services. Anyone that registers and participates who is not a member of the retail financial services industry (or who is trying to enter the profession) will be summarily removed. Compliance officers, or other people who are currently employed in the "anti-sales department" are NOT allowed in this forum, and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Until a new member has posted their introduction, they will not be selected for the Infantry, and cannot participate on the rest of the forum.
The Usergroups may be applied for as one advances in Rank, and are subject to approval by the Chief of Staff, as follows:
Usergroup - Number of posts required to join
- Infantry - 1 post, license submitted, subscription paid
Expert Infantryman - 25 posts
Veterans - 100 posts
Pathfinders - 125 posts
Guerrilla Marketing - 250 posts
Rangers - 500 posts
Special Forces - by invitation only
As you rise in rank, more forums become available to you to reward your active participation. Promotions are not automatic, so you will have to apply when you are eligible. Optional User Groups require additional measures and qualifications.
Ranks -- updated June 2008
Here's the ranks, and the number of posts required to achieve the rank:
- Lurker 0 - no viewing privileges.
Buck Private 2
Private First Class 10
Staff Sergeant 100
Sergeant First Class 150
Master Sergeant 200
First Sergeant 250
Sergeant Major 300
Command Sergeant Major 350
Sergeant Major of the Army 425
Second Lieutenant 500
First Lieutenant 600
Lieutenant Colonel 900
Brigadier General 1,250
Major General 1,750
Lieutenant General 2,500
General of the Army 10,000
Piker Wannabe - On report, subject to a Trial by Court Martial
Piker - Banished
- Registered Members - May post new topics and reply in the Induction forum, subject to approval by the Top Gun Staff.
Infantry - May post new topics, reply, and vote most of the basic forums, except as noted below.
Expert Infantryman - May post new topics, reply, and vote in Scuttlebutt and Advanced Life Underwriting.
Veterans - May post new topics, reply, and vote in the Battlefield.
The following forums may not be viewed, except by members of their respective user groups:
- - Pathfinders
- Guerrilla Marketing
- Alpha Delta Romeo Sierra
- India Sierra Omega
- Studies and Observations Group
If you're a career agent with any of the following companies, be sure to join their respective private study groups:
- - New York Life
- Mass Mutual
- Northwestern Mutual
- Ohio National
- State Farm
To join a company specific forum, you must apply by sending an email to the Chief of Staff from your company provided email to verify that it is your email (alternatively, use your company provided email when you register for automatic inclusion). Brokers or independent producers are NOT eligible for company specific forums.
Special Forces are private forums for specially qualified operators. When a Top Gun Producer becomes eligible, they'll receive a special invitation:
- - Force Recon
- Green Berets
- Delta Force
- Red Cell
- Freedom Fighters
The purpose of using Ranks is to encourage participation.
The purpose of this forum is the free exchange of ideas between professionals under the blanket protection of anonymity, because FINRA and the feds are not your friends. If you join, and later decide you're not a good fit, or don't like the freedom of speech exercised herein, leave quietly and nobody will care. DO NOT send nasty emails to an administrator or moderator. You will be banned and your emails posted for all to see, and your anonymity will no longer be protected. Please make sure to Unsubscribe when you leave because we do NOT offer refunds under any circumstance.
If you voluntarily reveal your identity in the forum, or in a private message or email to another forum member(s), in whole or in part, then you agree to hold harmless this forum, it's owners, sponsors, affiliates, advertisers, and anyone else participating from any civil or criminal proceeding brought by you or your agents, or against you by any other party. In other words, if you are foolish, then you suffer the consequences of your own choices.
In consideration for receiving permission to participate in on the Top Gun Producers forum, you hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue Top Gun Producers, its owners, officers, servants, agents and employees (hereinafter referred to as "releasees") from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or relating to any loss, damage or injury, including death, that may be sustained by you, or to any property belonging to you, whether caused by the negligence of the releasees, or otherwise, while participating on the forum. Failure to read and understand these posted rules does not waive this provision.
Debate is encouraged, and everyone is allowed to disagree. If you want to attack a position, opinion, theory, product, method, tactic, strategy, law, rule, regulation, or point of view, that is okay. Do not attack the person. Ad hominem attacks that serve no purpose are prohibited. That said, tough love is employed on this forum. Those without a thick skin either will have to grow one, or suffer, or leave. A trial by fire is how the best ideas survive and thrive.
The subject matter of this forum is often serious, but sometimes satirical, especially when it comes to public figures.
The use of Professional Designations is encouraged. You may also indicate your Professional Designations on your profile and they will appear in the forum for other members to see. The display of Professional Designations is on the honor system. The display of phony designations is forbidden.
Copying and pasting entire text from other sources that is subject to copyright is expressly prohibited. Please cite all sources and provide links. DO NOT, under any circumstance, copy and paste material from this forum onto other forums. This is expressly forbidden. If you copy and paste Top Gun Producers material on another forum, and fail to give proper credit, including a link back to this forum, you will be banished without warning.
Please vote in polls. Democracy in action is one of the themes in this forum.
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WARNING: If you change your email address, your account will be de-activated. Please send an email to email@example.com for assistance.
No spam is permitted, without prior permission.
"This is not a brothel, there are no prostitutes here"
If you want to post a link about a product of interest to agents, advisors, and brokers, first send it to the administrator via email or PM to make sure it's not a potential affiliate marketing program that will help keep this forum affordable.
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If you have a question, before sending me, or the Chief of Staff, or a moderator, a PM or email, please check the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking on the FAQ link at the top of this page, and read ALL the Announcements. Thanks!
One final note: If you register, and your account is not selected within a few days, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - we get spammed by thousands of trolls from various third-world countries so some valid registrations might be overlooked.