Mark Bates, from Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana in Crown Point, Ind., is the recipient of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana’s 2013 Harry P. Cooper, Jr. Industry/Public Image Award.
This award is presented in the name of Harry P. Cooper, Jr. who began with Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. in 1936 and remained with the company until his death 55 years later, and whose concern for the image of the industry was paramount. This award was developed to recognize someone who enhances the public image of the insurance profession through their professional activities, public image and personal integrity in their business activities and in their community.
Bates is the epitome of what this award is about with his activities both inside and outside of the insurance industry, the IIAI announcement said. He is president of Pinnacle Insurance Group and maintains a significant commercial lines book of business, in addition to helping manage his agency. He is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana and Independent Insurance Agents of Northwest Indiana, as well as having served on several company agent advisory councils and boards.
Bates is also a regular contributor to IIAI legislative activities though interaction with state and federal legislators and annually contributing to state and federal PACs. On the local level, he has served as chair of the Crown Point Community Foundation and president of the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and Southlake YMCA.
Source: Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana
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