The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies presented its Chairman’s Award to Julie Rochman, former president and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, at the association’s 123rd Annual Convention today in San Antonio, Texas.
“Through her work leading the IBHS and its vital research, there are few, if any, who can say they’ve done as much to protect Americans and their homes as Julie Rochman,” said Charles M. Chamness, president and CEO of NAMIC. “Julie has been a tireless advocate for improving building safety, and the research and testing under her leadership at IBHS have spurred changes in how our nation sees and prepares for disasters. NAMIC is proud to recognize her with the 2018 Chairman’s Award.”
Rochman joined the IBHS as president and CEO in 2007 and retired earlier this year. Under her leadership, IBHS has become a world-class, highly respected research and communications organization using state-of-the-art technology to demonstrate the effect of extreme weather conditions on homes and other structures. Rochman led the creation and construction of the $40 million IBHS Research Center in South Carolina and oversaw a multi-hazard applied research program focused on evaluating building materials and system performance against wind, water, hail, wildfire embers, and age.
“I’m deeply grateful to NAMIC, both for this recognition, and for NAMIC members’ and staff’s impressive work on multiple levels to make families, businesses, and communities stronger and safer,” Rochman said.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Rochman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Tulane University, and a Master of Arts degree in American government from the University of Virginia. Throughout her 30-year career, Rochman demonstrated leadership in both public affairs and advocacy. She has represented corporations, research and safety organizations, and issue-based coalitions, leading initiatives on environmental issues, civil justice reform, natural and man-made risk management, financial services, workplace safety, and highway safety.
Rochman was a Top 10 shavee for St. Baldrick’s in 2018, raising more than $50,000 for children’s cancer research, and she appeared with Chamness on NAMIC’s Uncovered Podcast in one of its earliest episodes.
NAMIC also recognized the following individuals with the NAMIC Service Award for their contributions to the insurance industry:
Kurt Foley, president & CEO of Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company in Flint, Mich.
Jackie Rakers, executive director for the Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
Amy Goughnour, manager of Steele Traill County Mutual Insurance Company in Finley, N.D.