On the one hand, I was extremely flattered and honored to be the 2012 National Underwriter Elite Award Winner for Industry Awareness. I was the 2nd such recipient, and the first agent to be so honored.

And it looks like I'm still the only agent to be so honored:

2011: Insurance Industry Charitable foundation which, while funded by the industry, is not made up of agents.

2012: [Moi]

2013: Daniel C. Steenerson. President and CEO of Disability Insurance Services. Mr Steenerson has done admirable work in the disability field, but appears never to have been an actual, you know, agent.

2014: Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. Again, a truly admirable person, but there's nothing in his bio to suggest that he's ever actually sold an insurance policy.

I just don't understand this: it appears that none of the other recipients have ever sat down at a kitchen table with a husband and wife, or across the desk from a small (or large) business owner and explained how insurance works, and how it can provide peace of mind in troubled times.

Is this really the best we can do to raise "industry awareness?"
 
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