After a one-year hiatus while National Life of Vermont went through an extreme cost-cutting initiative in an effort to stay independent and stay in Montpelier, Flatlanders Weekend, the industry's only "reverse fam," returned in September.

Lynn Averill, National Life's director, travel and conferences, and the rest of the travel and conferences team plan the weekend for a small group of suppliers they've worked with on meetings and events. After several years of skiing at Sugarbush and

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