AIG, Zurich, Aon and Lockton among big winners at Insurance Business America Award

The winners of the Insurance Business America Awards 2017, led by our sister publication in the USA, have been revealed – with some notable insurance giants such as Zurich, AIG, Locktonand Aon among the success stories.

More than 600 insurance leaders descended on The Navy Pier in Chicago on Wednesday night (November 29) for a bash to celebrate the industry’s best and brightest stars.

Jubilance and champagne were flowing thick and fast between winners, finalists and their friends, family and supporters as the winners stepped up to the stage to accept their accolades.

Industry inspiration Alan J. Kaufman was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award, after which he told Insurance Business: “I’m honoured and humbled. Receiving an award like this, although it’s touching, I feel only halfway there. I really think it’s a half-time award.”

Agency CEO of the Year went to Higginbotham’s Rusty Reid –  a title he described as a “great honour.” He added: “The insurance industry is a fabulous industry. To be recognised among so many great CEOs … I’m very, very, very flattered.”

Guests were treated to entertainment from stylish Chicago string quartet Artistrings, some circus action from Creative Action Arts, and a quality set from in-demand band Hey Jimmy. Hosting the night and keeping the Insurance Business America Awards an all-singing, all-dancing affair was TV personality Alfonso Ribeiro, well known for his role as Carlton Banks in the hit sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, and for fronting game show Catch 21.

Jeffrey Cunningham, director of underwriting at American Risk Management Resources was another big winner on the night, scooping the coveted Top Wholesale Broker of the Year award. He commented: “To be appreciated at this point in my career is incredible. It has been a lot of hard work over the years and it’s paid off. It’s a big deal. I’m shocked. I’ve found my niche and this year I’ve really been able to shine. This means a lot.”

RT Specialty came away with the Best Wholesale Specialized Practice – Construction – accolade. Terry McCann, president of its Chicago office, told Insurance Business: “The recognition is special because our business is competitive. Every time you can be recognized, competing against peers that are very talented, and you get singled out, it’s special. Every day we compete. To be recognised is great.”

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

BEST WHOLESALE SPECIALIZED PRACTICE – ENVIRONMENTAL – American Risk Management Resources / ARMR Network

NETWORK / ALLIANCE OF THE YEAR – MEMBERSHIP OF 100 AGENCIES OR FEWER – TechAssure

BEST WHOLESALE SPECIALIZED PRACTICE – PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY – Socius Insurance Services

INSURANCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYER OF CHOICE – 100 EMPLOYEES OR FEWER – Acentria Insurance

THE KEMPERLESNIK AWARD FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – AIG

BEST WHOLESALE SPECIALIZED PRACTICE – COMMERCIAL PROPERTY – Breckenridge Insurance Group

RETAIL AGENCY OF THE YEAR – $75M IN REVENUE OR LESS – Eagan Insurance Agency

BEST WHOLESALE SPECIALIZED PRACTICE – CONSTRUCTION – RT Specialty

THE AON BENFIELD AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPY & COMMUNITY SERVICE -Zurich North America

RISK TEAM OF THE YEAR – Smithsonian Institution

THE AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY – Alan J. Kaufman, H.W. Kaufman Group

THE IBA MAGAZINE READERS’ CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST DIGITAL SERVICE PROVIDER – Applied Systems

NETWORK / ALLIANCE OF THE YEAR – MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 100 AGENCIES– Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance

INSURANCE INDUSTRY EMPLOYER OF CHOICE – MORE THAN 100 EMPLOYEES – Aon

THE SMART CHOICE AWARD FOR WHOLESALE PARTNER OF THE YEAR – Brown & Riding

YOUNG GUN OF THE YEAR – Matt Banaszynski, Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

THE AWARD FOR DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – The Hartford

THE TANGRAM INSURANCE SERVICES AWARD FOR WOMAN OF DISTINCTION – Barbara Bufkin, Assurant

THE MIDWESTERN INSURANCE ALLIANCE AWARD FOR TOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – David Schawe, Gallagher

TOP WHOLESALE BROKER OF THE YEAR – Jeffrey Cunningham, American Risk Management Resources Network

RETAIL AGENCY OF THE YEAR – MORE THAN $75M IN REVENUE – Lockton Companies

THE BURNS & WILCOX AWARD FOR AGENCY CEO OF THE YEAR – Rusty Reid, Higginbotham

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