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George Kochheiser (1925-2015)

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on June 22, 2015

George William, Jr, 89, passed away on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Kathleen. He is survived by son, Kent and daughter-in-law Beth, also of Cincinnati, and sister Jeanne Faust of Newton, IA.  George was a past president of the Iowa Chapter (1972-1973) and a 2009 inductee of the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame.GK

He was born on October 11, 1925 in Lorimor Iowa to George and Dorothy Kochheiser. He graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1943. He served in the US Army in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters with the 341st Infantry Regiment, 86th Division and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon discharge from the Army he enrolled at Drake University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History graduating Phi Beta Kappa. More importantly Drake University is where he met his future wife, Kathleen, in Shakespeare class. They married between their Junior and Senior years of college in 1948. [click to continue…]

Three CPCUs Inducted into Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on June 2, 2015

On May 19, the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame inducted five new members for 2015.  Three of the inductees are CPCUs -  Richard Friedman (Cedar Valley Chapter, left in photo), Bruce Kelley (Iowa Chapter, middle in photo), and Jennie LeGates (Iowa Chapter, right in photo).

Photos from the event are available by clicking here and using the password IIHOF (case sensitive).  Congratulations to the new inductees!


May 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

by Chris Murphy, CPCU on May 4, 2015

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May 2015 ChapterGram

May 2015 President’s Message

2014 Chapter Invite

We had an outstanding Chapter meeting on April 16 at the Embassy Club in downtown Des Moines. Patrick Phelan, Fire Protection Engineer with the City of Des Moines, and Kevin Hovick, COO of EMC spoke about The Younkers Fire- A Year Later.  This topic was very near and dear to many members of our chapter, especially those employed with EMC Insurance. Thank you to all who ventured out to join our largest meeting (outside of I-Day) in the past several years!

Please plan to join us on May 19 for the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being held at Drake University. We will honor the following new inductees into the Insurance Hall of Fame: Richard Friedman, Bruce Kelley, Jennie LeGates, W. Harold Petersen, and James Sharp (awarded posthumously). This is an evening of networking and celebrating our great industry. Three of the five individuals being inducted this year are CPCUs, making their induction even more meaningful to our membership.  [click to continue…]

Sheeler Named 2015 Richard A. Gerrond Memorial Award Recipient

April 28, 2015

Congratulations to former Iowa Chapter President Wade Sheeler, who received the 2015 Richard A. Gerrond Memorial Award from the CPCU Society during the Leadership Summit on April 24. Wade is pictured with CPCU Society Chairman and President Jane Wahl. The … Continue reading

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April 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

April 1, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram April 2015 ChapterGram April 2015 President’s Message We’ve experienced a few really nice days of weather lately, so I’m hoping Spring is upon us! With the arrival of Spring, it’s time for our chapter to be … Continue reading

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2015 Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Ceremony

March 18, 2015

Mark your calendars for May 19 at Drake University to attend the 2015 Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Ceremony.  Of this year’s five inductees, three are CPCUs: Bruce Kelley Jennie LeGates Richard Friedman Hope you can join us as the … Continue reading

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March 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

February 27, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram March 2015 ChapterGram On February 19, nearly 90 CPCU’s attended our meeting at Glen Oaks Country Club. We heard from a panel of individuals, Greg LaMair, Beth Orr, and Trent Middendorf, on “Agent Perspectives”. The panel … Continue reading

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February 2015 President’s Message & ChapterGram

January 30, 2015

Link to the ChapterGram February 2015 ChapterGram I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize Erin Osier as Past Chapter President and thank her for her dedication and commitment to the success of the Iowa CPCU Society Chapter! Under Erin’s … Continue reading

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2015 Annual Meeting Package

January 12, 2015

Sales of the Annual Meeting Package have been extended through January 31.   Click here to purchase your annual meeting package. For just $210 the Annual Meeting Package includes all of the meetings for the current year (does not include … Continue reading

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