ING Committed to South Florida's Hispanic Community

October 11, 2005 Miami, FL Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Global financial services company, ING, recognizes the strength and progress of the Hispanic business community in South Florida and has recently committed to major support for a series of community-oriented events throughout the area. Today, as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, ING U.S. Financial Services hosted a luncheon to honor Miami-based Financial Planner Frank Acosta for his “Fresh Approach” to financial planning at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

ING U.S. Financial Services started the “Fresh Approach” program to recognize the most innovative of the country’s more than 28,000 financial planners in conjunction with the Financial Planning Association (FPA), MONEY and CNN. Acosta, a Cuban immigrant and president of Acosta Insurance Group of Miami, is currently featured in MONEY magazine’s September issue and a 30-second profile is airing nationally on CNN throughout the month.

Acosta was recognized for his unique approach to investing in the insurance and investment professionals he manages. Acosta focuses on the philosophy of “Tell me — I’ll forget; show me — I’ll remember; involve me — I’ll understand.” He takes a hands-on approach to help his producers market themselves and build their client lists, works with them to design products tailored to each of their clients and coaches them on their public speaking and presentation skills.

“How appropriate it is that Frank Acosta is being recognized FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO MENTORING during Hispanic Heritage Month and Life Insurance Awareness Month,” said Ricardo Valencia, ING’s senior vice president of diversity marketing. “That’s also why ING is committed to supporting the community in South Florida. Together, working with financial professionals like Frank Acosta, we’re trying to make a difference to people in this region.”

Commitment to South Florida

As part of its continued dedication to serve the South Florida community, ING announced this past May its title sponsorship of the ING Miami Marathon. The ING Miami Marathon has grown into one of South Florida’s biggest single-day sporting event and a major destination race for runners throughout the U.S. and Latin America. In conjunction with the marathon sponsorship, ING, along with FIT MIAMI Foundation, created a new program, the “ING Run for Something Better,” which will promote running and healthy lifestyles among Miami’s school children. The program encourages children to complete a full marathon covering 26.2 miles in 25 weeks.

ING was also the principal sponsor of June’s Amigos For Kids Celebrity Domino Night -- one of Miami’s pre-eminent and most popular fundraising events that benefits South Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and less-fortunate children.

Press inquiries

Phil Margolis, 860.805.7642, phil.margolis@us.ing.com
Christina Crespo, Gordon Reyes & Co., 305.381.8831, ext. 201

About ING

ING Group is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to more than 60 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of more than 115,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand. In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which include life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves more than 14 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit www.ing.com.

Acosta Insurance Group is an independent financial planning and insurance firm at Suite 750, 5200 Blue Lagoon Drive in Miami. Acosta Insurance Group is a registered investment advisor and serves clients throughout South Florida. For more information, call (305) 265-8160.

The Financial Planning Association (FPA) is the membership organization for the financial planning community. Its 28,000 members are dedicated to supporting the financial planning process in order to help people achieve their goals and dreams. FPA believes that everyone needs objective advice to make smart financial decisions and that when seeking the advice of a financial planner, the planner should be a CFP professional.