The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (the Big “I”) has awarded an Iowa agency owner, Bob Fulwider, with the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor the association bestows on one of its members
The Woodworth Memorial Award, presented at the Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention, recognizes the contributions of an independent agent or broker to the national association, to his or her Big “I” colleagues and to the insurance industry.
Fulwider is principal and president of the Ray Wuestenberg Agency Inc. in West Liberty, Iowa, and the Fulwider Agency Inc. in West Branch, Iowa. He also is president of Bob Fulwider and Associates, a life-and-health financial-planning agency in eastern Iowa.
Fulwider has been very active in the Big “I” at the national and state levels since starting his career as an independent agent in 1973. He is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa (IIAI) and the only two-time Agent of the Year in IIAI history (1983, 1990) and was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2003.
Nationally, he is past Big “I” chairman. He is also past chairman of the Big “I” Government Affairs Committee, the association’s Crop Insurance Task Force and has led several other committees. He also is served as a director on the national association’s board.
The Woodworth Award was established in 1925 in memory of C.H. Woodworth of Buffalo, N.Y., the second president of the association.