Partnerships That Work... Argosy Interactive and NFC Consulting Group

(Chicago, April 2003) – NFC Consulting Group, one of the financial services industry's most respected consulting firms dedicated to the annuity and mutual fund marketplace, is proud to announce an alliance with Argosy Interactive, a subsidiary of COSS Development Corporation of Mequon, Wisconsin. Argosy Interactive is a multimedia company that provides interactive training to the life insurance industry. COSS is a software development firm specializing in illustrations and related point of sale systems for the financial services industry. This new strategic partnership enables COSS/Argosy and NFC clients to receive a wide range of today's most important educational topics via online, classroom or textbook format along with complete back office administration and continuing education credits.

Both NFC and Argosy are pleased to have the opportunity of providing innovative learning solutions to the financial services industry. "We are delighted to partner with Argosy to provide training geared specifically to those who wish to know more about traditional life insurance products and the advanced sales situations where they apply" said Cindy DiBiase Vogl, NFC's President and CEO. Furthermore, she added, "Argosy's expertly-written and designed life insurance content nicely compliments NFC's existing continuing education courses on annuity and securities-related topics.

The educational courses provided by both firms can be accessed at NFC's continuing education website.

Adds Richard Birch, Argosy Interactive's Director, "With NFC, we've found a company that matches the inventive and highly-interactive training style that Argosy has presented in the insurance field–and extends our reach into the securities area for our client companies." Furthermore, "COSS and Argosy can now provide our clients with NFC's classroom-style continuing education programs and administrative support – an area we did not focus on before."

NFC Consulting Group and Argosy Interactive have joint plans to introduce a number of innovative training solutions in the coming months.

COSS Development Corporation is the largest privately-owned technology development company serving the financial services industry with point-of-sale illustrations. Founded in 1987 with offices in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Georgia, COSS offers a complete suite of PC-based and web-based e-business solutions for hypotheticals, historicals, asset allocation, needs analysis, advanced and niche market programs, interactive agent training, and electronic forms.

Argosy Interactive, founded in 1996, creates interactive, multimedia training for delivery over the Internet. For both the financial services and manufacturing industries, Argosy builds complex animations, develops compelling narratives, and writes with an engaging, magazine style. As a company, it understands how and why adults learn over the web, and targets a variety of learning styles to fully convey the learning and sales message.

Headquartered in Chicago, NFC Consulting has been providing a wide range of services to the insurance, banking and mutual fund industries since 1986. These consulting services help financial organizations nationwide develop products, strategies and tactics to succeed in today's increasingly competitive business environment while also anticipating future trends. The company's business lines include distribution strategy/channel development, continuing education and training, product design and industry research.

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