We're Ensuring a World of Difference
The LewerMark Express

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1  
Welcome to the LewerMark Express!
LewerMark Client, DeDe Long, ‘Keeps Pushing’ for the Future of International Education
Four More Members Join LewerMark Team
Treatment of Tuberculosis Covered for LewerMark Clients
Lewer Attends 11th Annual NAFSA Conference
LewerMark Now Serves Parents ‘Visiting Abroad’
International Student Falls Prey to Dishonest Doctor
Enter your e-mail
address in the box
below to receive the
quarterly LewerMark

Email Address:


Send As HTML
Lewer Attends 11th Annual NAFSA Conference
Record Number of Visitors Reported at Booth

The Lewer Agency attended The National NAFSA Conference kick-off on Memorial Day, May 26, in Washington, D. C. It was The Lewer Agency's 11th conference since becoming a member in 1997. After setting-up their exhibit, LewerMark director Jeff Crawford and president Mike Lewer attended the “Connecting with your Colleagues” reception hosted by NAFSA. 


Following the reception, The Lewer Agency hosted several clients at Clyde’s restaurant. New customer, Kenneth Capps of Eastern Washington University, Junnie Loh-Taylor of Spokane Falls Community College, and Britta Wright of Columbia College, and her guest, attended the dinner.

On Tuesday, May 27, Mike and Jeff spent the day meeting and greeting prospective and current clients at the LewerMark booth. That afternoon, Mike and Jeff attended the key note address presented by Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico. Attendees then returned to the exhibit area for a reception.

On Wednesday, May 28, Jeff and Mike joined incoming Lewer booth reinforcements Jeff Kaylor, vice president of sales, and LewerMark account manager, Jan Sulzer. The foursome spent the day meeting and greeting the conference attendees and handing out “We’ve Got you Covered” LewerMark blankets. Wednesday evening the LewerMark team enjoyed attending a dinner at the home of the Swedish Ambassador.

“We took about a 40 minute bus ride to the residence where we were greeted by the Ambassador’s wife Eva Hafstrom and two of their three children,” reported Jeff Kaylor. “Eva welcomed us and spoke briefly of her home and of Sweden today. She focused on Sweden as a progressive society and a leader in global research. There were approximately 60 guests, and we dined on the patio with a spectacular view of the sunset. The cuisine consisted of seafood delicacies – salad with mollusks, crab and shrimp pastries, and grilled chicken skewers. Dessert was coffee and pastries. The guests at my table were from Haiti, The Netherlands, and the University of Arizona.”

According to Jeff Crawford, the dinner at the Swedish Ambassador’s home was a highlight. “What an amazing piece of property,” said Jeff. “The home sits on an eight-acre estate in close proximity to the American University. Sweden ranks third in the world in music production and attendees received a CD recorded by Sweden’s leading contemporary music performers."

On Thursday, the Lewer team hosted a LewerMark Advisory Council breakfast meeting attended by council members Mari Acob-Nash, from North Seattle Community College, Debbie Danna, from Loyola University - New Orleans, Britta Wright, from Columbia College, and Diana Heredia, The Lewer Agency's representative from Assist America Scholastic Emergency Services. Following the breakfast, Mike attended a Liberal Arts luncheon. Guests consisted of advisors from private liberal arts universities and colleges around the world.

Thursday night, Jeff Crawford attended a dinner with the Missouri contingent of 30 attendees from schools around the state.

In his post-conference report, Jeff stated that LewerMark customers and a significant number of inquirers visited the LewerMark booth. “We were pleased with the number of schools that indicated a strong interest in our program,” reported Jeff. “The LewerMark team also visited with almost 50 vendor visitors, as well as attendees from outside the United States. We were fortunate to have 261 attendees stop-by our booth throughout the conference. The number of visitors grows every year."

The conference concluded on Friday and the LewerMark team returned home with another conference success. “The Annual NAFSA Conference has become an annual highlight at Lewer,” said Jeff. “We always feel privileged to be in attendance, and it is always fun to see our growing number of friends. We are looking forward to the conference in Los Angeles next year.”

The LewerMark team 'just in time for dinner' at the Swedish Ambassador's home. Left to right, Jeff Crawford, Jan Sulzer, Mike Lewer and Jeff Kaylor


See Other Articles
Welcome to the LewerMark Express!
LewerMark Client, DeDe Long, ‘Keeps Pushing’ for the Future of International Education
Four More Members Join LewerMark Team
Treatment of Tuberculosis Covered for LewerMark Clients
Lewer Attends 11th Annual NAFSA Conference
LewerMark Now Serves Parents ‘Visiting Abroad’
International Student Falls Prey to Dishonest Doctor
Spring '08 LewerMark Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

At the National NAFSA Conference, The Lewer Agency hosted a breakfast for the LewerMark Advisory Council.

Diana Heredia opened the meeting with a summary of services offered by Scholastic Emergency Services, emphasizing the importance of calling Assist America prior to making any arrangements in the event of an emergency.

Enhancements to the LewerMark Study Abroad coverage, including Trip Travel Coverage and Personal Property Coverage were discussed.

Jeff Crawford unveiled recent enhancements to the LewerMark website, including a new landing page and a new home page option that can be customized for each school.

Jeff also polled council members regarding the LewerMark newsletter, Benefit Highlighter. As a result of the poll, the print-version of the semi-annual Benefit Highlighter newsletter has been replaced with LewerMark Express, published quarterly.

Attendees also discussed the CIGNA/Great West Health merger and advisory council members learned that further information will be available pending upcoming meetings between CIGNA and The Lewer Agency.

Other topics included a Study Abroad requirements summary page, online enrollment, needs of schools during orientation week, and Quantiferron Gold TB test coverage.

The Fall 2008 LewerMark Advisory Council conference call was scheduled for the third week in October.


For information regarding the LewerMark health plan for domestic and international students, please visit
To reach LewerMark Director, Jeff Crawford, please email jcrawford@lewer.com.
Have a suggestion for an article?  Email

The Lewer Agency, Inc., in  business since 1956, is an international insurance agency headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, specializing in the design and administration of student insurance plans. LewerMark claims are administered on-site at the Lewer Agency and the plan benefits are underwritten by Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, Rated A+ by A.M. Best
Published by The Lewer Agency, Inc.
Copyright © 2008 The Lewer Agency, Inc.. All rights reserved.
Powered by IMN