The annual award honors outstanding citizens who have distinguish themselves in their service to the insurance industry
The Insurance Library Association of Boston is now accepting nominations for its annual Insurance Professional of the Year Award. All submissions should be sent to Sarah Hart. Unlike past years, the Library decided to open up the nomination process a bit earlier in the year to allow more time for nominations to be sent in. The official deadline for nominations, however, is April 1st.
Each autumn, the 125 year-old institution honors an insurance professional who has distinguished themselves through service to both the insurance industry and their community at large. The Insurance Professional of the Year Award, a current incarnation of the old Boston Board of Fire Underwriters Man of the Year Award, was resurrected in 2002 through the establishment of the Richard B. Simches Fund in 2001.
“Each year the award is presented to “…a person who demonstrates leadership and exemplifies those qualities that engender understanding of and respect for the insurance industry.
Since 2002, the award has been presented each year to “…a person who demonstrates leadership and exemplifies those qualities that engender understanding of and respect for the insurance industry.”
Past winners of the award include William F. Hofmann, III; John B. Conners; David J. Lane; Ralph “Buddy” Iannaco; Daniel J. Johnston; John K. Golembeski; Ronald Mariano; Richard W. Brewer; Michael J. Sabbagh; Sandra G. Parrillo; Hope A. Aldrich and last year’s winner Francis X. Bellotti.
The 2014 award which will be presented during the Library’s annual Award Ceremony on October 31, 2014 at the Boston Park Plaza. Sarah Hart, who organizes the Award Ceremony each year, says the Library decided to open up the nomination process a little earlier this year, to allow as many insurance professionals as possible to participate in the process.
“Our luncheon is one of the biggest events of the year on the Boston insurance calendar. Because The Library reaches such a broad array of people from our industry, you have the opportunity to mingle with a very diverse crowd. Public adjusters sit next to agents, company people share wine with lawyers and consultants, while accountants and actuaries share inside jokes. The event represents the very best of our industry.”
The Insurance Professional of the Year Criteria
For those of you who may know someone you would like to nominate as the Insurance Professional of the Year, here is what the Insurance Library is looking for in the winning candidate:
- Has earned the respect and affection of the insurance community; and
- Is recognized as hardworking, public-spirited, and trustworthy.
Ultimately, the Insurance Professional of the Year candidate is selected by a committee comprised of a cross-sections of insurance professionals in Massachusetts (and New England). In order to make such a decision, however, the committee relies heavily on the input it receives from the Massachusetts insurance industry. So please make sure to add your two cents by April 1st.