Chris is the Executive Vice President of GWG Life, one of the largest secondary market buyers of life insurance policies in the market and a publicly traded company on NASDAQ. Chris has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years, first in Washington DC as a lobbyist for the life and health industry and then as the founder and CEO of Life Care Funding, where he pioneered the use of life settlements as a tool to pay for long-term care before merging his company with GWG.
Chris Orestis’ career began with senior positions on a number of political campaigns before working in 1993 and 1994 for both the White House and the Senate Majority Leader on Capitol Hill. From that point, he spent the next several years representing the health and life insurance industry as Vice President and Senior Vice President respectively for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA) and the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI).
Recognition and Awards
Chris was awarded the Robert R. Neal Medal by HIAA for distinction and service to the insurance industry. He was named to the Advisory Board of the 3in4 Need More Association in 2012. He contributed to the 2013 Long Term Care Commission report, and has also testified before national political bodies such as the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) and numerous state regulators and legislatures such as Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Maine and Texas.
Chris is the author of the book “Help on the Way” and has been published on insurance and long term care funding issues over 50 times. His blog on senior living and long term care funding issues connects with thousands of readers every month.