Warren Heck, chairman and chief executive officer of Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company, New York, N.Y., is the 2006 recipient of the NAMIC’s Chairman’s Award from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.
The award was created to recognize leadership, accomplishment, and outstanding service to NAMIC and the insurance industry. Heck was recognized during the opening general session of NAMIC’s 111th annual convention held in Tampa, Fla. Robert A. Wadsworth, CPCU, CIC, NAMIC’s 2005-2006 chairman, presented the award to Warren, citing numerous examples of his advocacy on behalf of the industry.
Heck has served as a member of NAMIC’s Regulatory Structure Focus Group and offered the NAMIC board of directors’ guidance on regulatory reform initiatives. One of the association’s foremost experts on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, he testified on behalf of NAMIC on “The Future of Terrorism Insurance,” before the House Financial Services Committee of the U.S. Congress. He is currently involved in NAMIC’s activity to find a permanent solution for acts of terrorism.
Heck has also been a leaeder in the national debate over natural disaster risk management and insurance. He was invited by the New York State Insurance Commissioner to speak at the National Catastrophe Insurance Summit in November, and currently serves on NAMIC’s task force on natural disasters.
Heck has long supported a number of charitable and educational organizations, including the Police Athletic League, the Booker T. Washington Learning Center and the Insurance Education Institute.
NAMIC members include small farm mutual companies, state and regional insurance companies, risk retention groups, national writers, reinsurance companies, and international insurance giants.