Past President C. Courtney Wood, CPCU, ARM, was presented the Independent Insurance Agents of America’s (IIAA) highest individual honor-the Woodworth Memorial Award-during the closing session of the Association’s 105th Annual Convention & InfoXchange.
The Woodworth Memorial Award is bestowed by IIAA upon an individual who has performed special, meritorious and outstanding service on behalf of the independent agency system and IIAA members everywhere. Wood was honored for his years of strong leadership with the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma and as IIAA president from 1993 to 1994, and for his continuing active involvement in numerous Association activities.
“During Courtney’s time as IIAA president, he approached the position with strong vision and leadership,” said IIAA President William M. Houston during the surprise presentation of the Woodworth Memorial Award to Wood. “One of his main attributes as IIAA president was his incredible passion for the role small agents play in the independent agent system, providing the political grassroots for the industry.
“Courtney also urged the association to provide markets for smaller agents, leadership that led to IIAA’s highly successful Eagle Agency Program,” said Houston. “Courtney has been a tireless advocate for independent agents and consumers, a role he assumed in the early 1970s. He first became active on the national level on IIAA’s technical committees where he fought for policy forms that properly protected clients’ interests, guidance which resulted in him becoming Chairman of IIAA’s Technical Conference Committee,” Houston said.
“Most importantly, he always is available to state association leaders, Big I staff and independent agents across the country to offer his counsel and to help solve problems.”
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