Starting in July, Insurance Business America invited insurance professionals from across the country to nominate standout industry veterans for the annual Hall of Fame. This year’s Hall of Fame class was selected by an independent advisory panel of industry leaders and previous Hall of Fame honorees, including:
• Deborah Fox, NFP
• Ben Francavilla, AmWINS Program Underwriters
• Edward Levy, Openforce
• George Rusu, Captive Resources
• Christine LaSala, Beazley Group
Nominees had to have been in the industry for at least 35 years. The panel considered each nominee’s history of distinguished service to the insurance profession, the leadership and inspiration they provided to others in the sector, their role in guiding future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders, their contributions to the leadership and direction of industry associations, and any visionary strategies and innovations that have made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole.
The sixth annual Hall of Fame report is proudly supported by the Big “I” and ACORD.
About the supporting associations
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”)
Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance – property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products – from a variety of insurance companies. The Big “I” strives to provide independent insurance agents and brokers with a sustainable competitive advantage in the insurance marketplace by equipping members with tools and resources, and advocacy and support to maintain excellence in business and customer service.
ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development)
ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is the global standard-setting body for the insurance and related financial services industries. It facilitates fast, accurate data exchange and efficient workflows through the development of electronic standards, standardized forms and tools to support their use. ACORD members worldwide include hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, agents and brokers, software providers, financial services organizations and industry associations. ACORD maintains offices in New York and London.
Since 1970, ACORD has been an industry leader in identifying ways to help its members make improvements across the insurance value chain. Implementing ACORD standards improves data quality and flow, increases efficiency, and realizes billion-dollar savings for the global insurance industry.
ACORD engages more than 36,000 participating organizations spanning 100 countries, including insurance and reinsurance companies, agents and brokers, software providers, financial services organizations and industry associations. With the tools and resources provided by ACORD, our members are equipped to address current business and technology imperatives while influencing and shaping the future.