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Sheeler Recieves Burkhalter Award

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on December 3, 2013

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.

He is a graduate of Drake University with a BSBA with majors in Finance and Insurance, a BA in Economics, and MBA. He has earned the professional designations of CPCU, CIC, and CRM. In addition to these designations he has also earned the following designations from the Insurance Institute of America (IIA): Associate in Undewriting (AU), Associate in Regulation and Compliance (ARC), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Accounting & Finance (AIAF), Associate in Management (AIM), Associate in Insurance Services (AIS), and Associate in Personal Insurance (API).

He served as President of the Iowa Chapter of CPCU in 2006-2007. He is a past president of the Heartland Chapter of Insurance Compliance Professionals. He has served on the Budget & Finance Committee and Audit Committee for the CPCU Society. He is a past national governor and national director for the CPCU Society. He is a past board member of the CPCU-Loman Educational Foundation. He is currently serving as Chair of the Reinsurance Interest Group for the CPCU Society and is a member of the 2014 Annual Meeting Task Force.

He has held adjunct faculty appointments at Drake University, Grandview University, Buena Vista University, Des Moines Area Community College, and Marshalltown Area Community College.

He is member of the CPCU Advisory Committee for the American Institute for CPCU. He is a two recipient of the Outstanding Course Leader from the AICPU/IIA. He serves on the Iowa Education Committee for the National Alliance for Insurance Research & Education. He is a member of the Examinations Review Committee for the Iowa Insurance Division. He also serves on the Mentoring Advisory Council for the Vaughan Insurance Institute at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the RIMS Society and NAMIC Merit Society.

In addition to his involvement with insurance related activities, he has served as a mentor for Big Brothers/Little Brothers, a volunteer for the Jasper County United Way, Meals From the Heartland, and the St. Nick’s Christmas Club in Newton.

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