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YAT Member of the Year


To recognize individuals who have given meritorious service to the insurance and financial services industry, the agency system, and the community in ways that enhance the image of the agent. These individuals have provided exceptional service to NAIFA.

DSA/YAT Award Application



2024 YAT Member of the Year


John Zeidler, CFP®, CPA, MSA John Zeidler

John started his career in 2017 with Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., following in his father’s footsteps. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2018 and a Master of Science in Accounting with a focus in taxation the following year.

In 2020, John earned his certified public accountant (CPA) license, and then in 2022 he earned the designation of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®). He focuses on using his tax knowledge to help his clients make better financial decisions. He is a 2023 graduate of NAIFA’s Leadership In Life Institute.

He is an active member in National Association of Insurance and Advisors and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). John is also an adjunct professor of finance at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL. In his free time, he enjoys camping and kayaking with his wife, Kaitlen, and his three daughters. 

Award Criteria

  • Must be a YAT, under the age of 40 or less than 5 years in the business and a current member
  • Currently serving or past service with NAIFA as officer or director
  • APIC and IFAPAC involvement, membership recruitment and leadership involvement and development
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