A Tribute To David Huxford

Morrow, Ed
October 1994
Journal of Financial Planning;Oct94, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p153
Academic Journal
The article focuses on life insurance advisor David Huxford. Following his career in life insurance, culminating as director of Advanced Underwriting for Acacia Life, Dave formed the Advanced Planners User Group in 1983. Through its monthly bulletins and his consulting advice, many planners enters computerization. Dave developed his Client Asset Management System as an open program that permitted users to make modifications. But Dave quickly realized that while the financial advisor wanted some measure of control over the output, his or her skills lay in providing client advice, not in program modification. Thus the original program migrated into dbCAMS+, which is now supporting over 1000 financial advisors. Dave was an early proponent of local area networks for financial planners. Perhaps Dave's most significant contribution to all financial advisors was his swift recognition of the value of having software programs transfer data between each other. Dave's dbCAMS+ program interfaced with dozens of other programs, to the benefit of users and other software firms, setting a pace to be followed by other software vendors.


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