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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Meet the 2011 EYS Judges: Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of Big in China, to be released by Harper Collins in March 2011. It is a memoir of living in China as a male accompanying spouse, raising three American children in Beijing and the unlikely success of his Chinese blues band, Woodie Alan. The book explores many issues of central concern and interest to expat families, including: raising Third Culture Kids; the challenges and joys of being an accompanying spouse; and the difficulties of being part of a very transitory community.

Paul wrote "The Expat Life" column for from 2005, when he moved to China, until June 2009, shortly after he moved back to the United States. Paul's columns normalized the expat experience and earned a wide following. The National Society of Newspaper Columnists named him 2008 Columnist of the Year. He also reported from Beijing for NBC, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. Paul has been a senior writer for Slam magazine since 1999 and for Guitar World magazine since 1991. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, People,, Rolling, and many other publications and websites. He has contributed to The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Guide, The Insider's Guide to Beijing, and several other books. Alan, his wife Rebecca, and their three children reside in Maplewood, NJ.

You can learn more and hear Woodie Alan's music at Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlPaul

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Clements Director Featured in Article Series on

Laura Mazzuca Toops, editor of American Agent & Broker, just published an interesting series of articles on the booming foreign market and how insurance agents can work with multinational clients. Dante Disparte, Clements International’s director of partner solutions, weighed in with his professional insight and observations.

Here’s an excerpt from one of the articles:

“…There is a market for anything we could conceive of as a risk; everything can be insured. But many agents neglect clear opportunities in their existing books of business to tap into this market, whether it’s from a lack of knowledge of where to place coverage or the traditional product portfolio model,” said Dante A. Disparte, director of partner solutions for Clements International. “Meanwhile, from the customer’s vantage point, they are not getting the comprehensive service they need and are forced to develop multiple broker relationships to meet their international needs. This gap puts the rest of that agent’s business at risk.”

Click below to view the articles on

Multinational: A Booming Market

How Agents Can Work With Multinational Clients

Potential Pitfalls of Multinational Marketing

Going Global: One Broker’s Story

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Clements to Host Lawmakers on Capitol Hill for Overseas Americans Week

Clements International, a leading global insurance provider and long-term proponent of the expatriate community, will sponsor a reception Tuesday, April 12 during Overseas Americans Week. From April 11 – April 15, 2011, overseas Americans will descend on the nation’s capital to voice their needs and concerns to key lawmakers.

Representatives from Clements, along with members of Congress and three major overseas citizen advocacy groups, will be in attendance Tuesday night to support the efforts of the Overseas Americans Week (OAW) Delegation.

“We are honored to be involved in Overseas Americans Week again this year,” said Sergio Sanchez, director of marketing at Clements International. “The expatriate community faces many unique challenges and this week provides a critical forum for them to communicate with decision makers. We are proud to support them in these efforts.”

Click here to read the official press release.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Meet the 2011 EYS Judges: Bernadette Hale

Bernadette Hale is currently the executive director of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation. She is a veteran of the diplomatic service in both the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the US Department of State (DOS). While at the FCO, she served as a management and consular affairs officer on substantive tours in Lisbon, Jakarta and Kinshasa. Additionally, she was assigned as a "Diplomatic Rover" for two years, deployed to support Embassies, High Commissions, and Consulates in countries spanning the globe, including Romania, Egypt, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and China. During periods assigned to the FCO in London, Hale worked on issues involving consular, management, administration and overseas family/children affairs.

More recently, Hale accompanied her husband to Indonesia, and served as an Eligible Family Member (EFM) in the U.S. Embassy Economic Section. During this assignment, Hale learned about the challenges faced by Foreign Service families and issues involving preschools, schools, community/family oriented activities, and children's organizations and opportunities. Hale's husband is currently serving in Afghanistan and her nine-year-old daughter Libby, who has attended three schools on three continents in the past five years, is currently thriving in Northern Virginia.

Learn more about FSYF at!

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