The 2015 NAPSLO Annual Convention started its last day with the General Session, in which awards were presented, a new president was sworn in and the keynote was delivered.
During the General Session, members were asked to vote upon and approve a slate of officers and directors for the Association for the coming year. The following were elected as NAPSLO officers for one-year terms:
- President: Gilbert C. Hine, Jr., CPCU, CFP, McClelland & Hine, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas
- Vice President: David E. Leonard, CPCU, ARM, RSUI Group, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.
- Secretary: James Drinkwater, AmWINS Brokerage in New York, N.Y.
- Treasurer: Jacqueline Schaendorf, CPCU, Insurance House in Atlanta, Ga.
Attendees also heard a brief overview of the Association’s work during the past year from Immediate Past President Hank Haldeman.
Several award recipients were honored, including Past President Kevin Westrope, who received the Charles A. McAlear/NAPSLO Industry Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the surplus lines industry. Due to illness, Westrope was not present to accept the award, but the congregation made sure to honor him with a standing ovation.
Other awards presented were:
- the President’s Award, which recognizes a committee chair for outstanding service, to Joel Cavaness, president, Risk Placement Services
- the W. Dana Roehrig Past President’s Award, which recognizes the efforts of a NAPSLO committee member, to Shavonne Gammage, Insurance House, and Van Spanos, Great American Insurance.
- the Richard M. Bouhan Legislative Advocacy Award, which honors an individual whose advocacy has advanced the legislative interests of the industry, to Bobby Owens, RPS Lexington.
NAPSLO President Gil Hine honors Immediate Past President Hank Haldeman.
Following the awards presentation, Gil Hine was sworn in as the new president of NAPSLO. After a few remarks, Hine introduced NAPSLO member Jae Barclay, associate broker at CRC Insurance Services in Houston, Texas and an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army.
Hine addresses attendees at the General Session.
Jae Barclay speaks at the NAPSLO 2015 General Session.
Barclay relayed his story of when he was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2006, and how he overcame his injuries to continue working in the industry and aid other wounded soldiers. Barclay then introduced the keynote speaker, actor, director and musician Gary Sinise.
Sinise spoke briefly of his acting career, and instead focused on honoring those who were lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He then asked veterans in the crowd of NAPSLO attendees to stand and thanked them for their service. He told the story of his close family ties to the armed forces, and spoke about his organization, The Gary Sinise Foundation, which supports servicemen and women.