The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) and its political action committee, InsurPac, honored two individuals and two state-level associations for their fundraising efforts in 2004.
The presentations occurred during the 29th annual Big “I” National Legislative Conference, which took place last week in the nation’s capital.
Mark Williamson of the Mark V. Williamson Company in Little Rock, Ark., was honored with the Bernard J. Burns Award, bestowed annually upon the agent or broker making the most significant impact on fundraising efforts for InsurPac. Under Williamson’s leadership in 2004, Arkansas became the first state to raise an average of $100 per agency for InsurPac, and it also had more $500 donors than any other state.
The award is named after Bernard J. Burns, the founding father of InsurPac and a past president of the Big “I”.
Also, Dean Wooten of Wooten Insurance Center in Statesville, N.C., was honored with the InsurPac Young Agent Recognition Award bestowed annually upon the young agent or broker making the most significant impact on fundraising efforts for InsurPac.
Wooten exhibited dedication as Young Agent InsurPac chairman for the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC). A total of 142 North Carolina young agents contributed $12,250 to InsurPac under his leadership, and he regularly published articles and delivered speeches to educate young agents about the importance of InsurPac and political involvement.
Additionally, the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas and the Metropolitan Washington (D.C.) Association of Independent Insurance Agents received the first-ever InsurPac Eagle Awards. The new award is presented to Big “I” state associations whose member agencies contribute, on average, $100 a year to InsurPac.
The Eagle Award was created this year by InsurPac to recognize outstanding fundraising efforts by the Big “I” state associations.
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