TAMPA, Fla. (September 20, 2006)—The 2006 Service Awards were presented to five individuals who have made significant contributions to the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and to the mutual insurance industry during the association’s annual business meeting in Tampa, Fla.
Herman Bontrager, president and CEO, Goodville Mutual Casualty Company; New Holland, Pa.
Herman has served on NAMIC’S task force on Structural Strategies for Mutual Companies. He also served as a director on the NAMIC Insurance Company (NAMICO) board and was chairman of its investment committee. He is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and was just re-elected to serve another term on its board beginning this month. He served 14 years with the Mennonite Central Committee as director of Latin America programs and on its International Peace Committee where he helped establish and direct a vocational school in Honduras.
Arthur Meadows, CEO, Panhandle Farmers Mutual Insurance Company; Moundsville, W. Va.
Art has worked for 28 years in the insurance industry. He is a member of the NAMIC Claims Committee and has served on the Federal Affairs Committee. He serves on both the Merit Society and the Farm Mutual Conference Boards. He is active in the West Virginia Association, having served as its president for eight years. He is currently chairman of the board of the West Virginia Insurance Federation. During his three-year term as its chairman, the federation successfully some of the most sweeping tort reform legislation accomplished by any state in one year. He was hand-picked by the West Virginia insurance commissioner as one of 12 industry representatives to serve on the Governor’s Task Force to reform insurance legislation in West Virginia.
Kevin Meskell, executive vice president, Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company; Quincy, Mass.
Kevin is chairman of the Natural Disaster Task Force. He participated on the TRIA Task Force and has chaired the Federal Affairs Committee. Kevin has done an excellent job leading the Natural Disaster Task Force through the process of establishing NAMIC’s “Statement of Principles,” which was approved by the board in June. Kevin is a strong mutual insurance advocate in the Northeast for NAMIC and is a supporter of the Congressional Contact Program. Kevin is vice chairman of the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriters Association, and serves on the boards of the Quincy Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Quincy Community Partnership.
John K. Smith, CPCU, CRM, CIC, president, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company; Philadelphia, Pa.
John has been active in the insurance industry his entire career at both the national and local level. He has been an outstanding member of the Federal Affairs Committee and a strong supporter of the Congressional Contact Program. He serves on the PC Conference Board and was chairman of the 2005 PC Management Conference and made it a personal objective to involve more members in the event. Attendance increased by 20 percent that year, and he was instrumental in exceeding the sponsorship goal for that event. John is a board member of the Insurance Society of Philadelphia. Yesterday, he was honored with the IEI Lifetime Achievement Award.
Terry Wendorff, CPCU, President & CEO, WRC Group of Companies; Madison, Wis.
Terry is president and CEO of the WRC Group of Companies. Terry plays a vital role for farm mutual companies in Wisconsin, Arkansas, South Dakota and Iowa as president of Wisconsin Reinsurance Company, a farm mutual reinsurer. He has provided valuable assistance and information to NAMIC and its members in interpreting policy matters that affect farm mutual companies, including work on both the small company tax issue and TRIA. His professional experience ranges from agent to farm mutual manager to the reinsurance industry to his present position.
Terry received the NAMIC merit award in 1976 and has served on various state and national trade association committees and boards. He currently serves on the NAMIC Farm Mutual Conference Education Committee and the Federal Affairs Committee. Terry also is a regular presenter at numerous state and national meetings and educational events.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Thursday, September 21, 2006 1:46:15 PM.
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