The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers has given Jim Armitage the Woodworth Memorial Award, the highest honor IIABA bestows on one of its members, during the annual Big “I” legislative conference.
Armitage is vice president of Arroyo Insurance in Arcadia, Calif.
The Woodworth Memorial Award recognizes the meritorious and outstanding contributions of an independent agent or broker to the national association, to his or her Big “I” colleagues and to the insurance industry.
“The Big ‘I’ is proud to present Jim Armitage with the Woodworth Memorial Award for diligently serving the insurance industry at the local, state and national levels for almost 35 years,” said David Walker, Big “I” chairman. “His dedication to the independent agency community fully epitomize the very principles of this prestigious award.”
At the state level, Armitage was the first president of the Insurance Brokers and Agents of the West in 1995 (now IIABCal) after the consolidation of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California and the Western Association of Insurance Brokers.
He served as chairman of the state association’s Speakers Bureau and Media Team Key Contact Program and received IIABCal’s Media Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of the Ramsden/Sullivan Memorial Award, IIABCal’s most prestigious honor, which recognizes a member’s service to the American agency system, the insurance industry and the community.
At the national level, Armitage has served in numerous roles including Big “I” national director, representing California; Trusted Choice board of directors member; Big Young Agents Committee chairman; and InVEST board of directors chairman. He currently serves as the chairman of the Agents Council for Technology.
The Woodworth Award was established in 1925 in memory of C.H. Woodworth of Buffalo, N.Y., the second president of the association. It is awarded annually to the Big “I” member who best demonstrates outstanding service benefiting independent insurance agents and the entire insurance industry.
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