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May 2016 Meeting Registration
Spring has sprung! April has had its share of showers. The late April thunderstorm with weather warnings across the Midwest was a sign the storm season is upon us. I pray “Mayday” is not the distress signal we will think of this storm season.
Ted Lussem, Jeff Jeffus, Kevin Seward and I recently went to Algona to see our fellow CPCUs and new designees in the North Central Iowa sub-chapter, which will celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2017. I haven’t heard the words “Mayday, Mayday” in a long time but when I heard Lisa Molsberry, Vice President of the sub-chapter, use this, I enjoyed their creativity and desire to promote education in their workplace. They will be promoting continuing education for all staff with the theme Mayday! The North Central sub-chapter, although small, also continues to support their community by Adopting a Highway.
2016 is the largest new designee class we have ever had in the Iowa chapter, including 5 new designees in the North Central sub-chapter and 2 new designees in the Grinnell sub-chapter for an Iowa total of 125. The last window for test taking ends June 15 and the number of new designees keeps increasing daily. Get ready to see Out of Office Messages from many of our fellow new designees in September as we head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the annual conferment ceremony. [click to continue…]
Steven R. Crawford, former President and CEO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company passed away on May 18th at the age of 62. Steve was a graduate of Ames High School and Iowa State University. He started his career at Grinnell Mutual in 1975 as a marketing representative in Illinois. In 1980 he was named assistant marketing director. Additional positions he held at Grinnell Mutual were AVP of Reinsurance Underwriting, Regional Vice President, and Senior Vice President of Reinsurance.
Steve received the CPCU designation in 1980 and was a charter member of the Grinnell Subchapter when it was formed in 1987. He served as President of the Grinnell Subchapter in 1996-1997. He also held the ARe designation.
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Wade Sheeler, MBA, CPCU, CIC, CRM, is the 2013 recipient of the Burkhalter award. The Burkhalter Award is s presented at I-Day to a person who has made significant contributions to the community and the Iowa insurance industry. The Burkhalter Award is designed to recognize individuals who have influenced the Iowa property and casualty insurance industry and their community through civic involvement.
Wade is employed by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company as Corporate Risk Manager. He has held various positions in Auditing, Research & Development, and Corporate Education & Training.
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