INDIANAPOLIS (September 21, 2011) – The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) honored four individuals with NAMIC Service Awards today during the Annual Meeting of Members at the association’s 116th annual convention. John Beavers, Lars Powell, Chris Reynolds, and Julie Rochman were recognized for their contributions to the service of the property/casualty insurance industry.
Beavers has been managing partner with Bricker & Eckler, LLP, for more than 11 years, where he established and directs its Counsel for Boards and Executives that counsels and represents governing boards, their committees, and their executives regarding duties and responsibilities in providing direction and in overseeing matters critical to the success of their organizations. He is an experienced speaker and presenter of programs for many organizations, including NAMIC, the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He was recognized as the 2010 Columbus, Ohio, Corporate Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.
Powell is an applied financial economist specializing in insurance and risk management. Most of his research is focused on the intersection of regulation and markets in the insurance industry, but has also published research on insurance fraud, insurer operations, and insurer capitalization. Powell authored the 2007 NAMIC Issue Analysis paper “The Assault on the McCarran-Ferguson Act and the New Politics of Insurance in the Post-Katrina Era,” in which he dismantled the myths and misconceptions surrounding McCarran and used sophisticated economic analysis to demonstrate the harm that repealing McCarran would do to insurance markets and consumers. He currently holds the Whitbeck-Beyer Chair of Insurance and Financial Services in the Department of Economics & Finance at University of Arkansas-Little Rock. He earned a doctorate in insurance and risk management at the University of Georgia.
Reynolds is president of Business Development at Intuitive Web Solutions, an Internet software firm specializing in solutions for insurance companies. He has spoken at numerous NAMIC events, many state events, and has been a participant in NAMIC’s grassroots advocacy program, the Congressional Contact Program, with West Virginia.
Rochman is president/CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. She has more than 20 years of public affairs and advocacy experience representing major corporations, research and safety organizations, and issue-based coalitions. Under her leadership, the IBHS built a state-of-the-art research facility that enables researchers to replicate multiple property hazards to study weather-related loss prevention that will enable improvements in building codes, residential/commercial structure design, construction, and maintenance.
Contact: Brent Bahler
Vice President of Public Affairs