The award is named after the association’s founder, E.J. Tapping, who was known as an unrelenting advocate of insurance agents and who believed the Association and its members should work in the public's best interest by holding themselves to the highest ethical standards while working to insure the American dream.
“Considering Ed is a visionary in our industry and shares many of the same great characteristics, principles, and ideals as Mr. Tapping, we felt it was fitting to present him with this distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Matt Banaszynski, Executive Vice President, IIAW. “Thanks to his involvement in government affairs with the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, our state has one of the most successful insurance industry climates in the country.”
“ACUITY is committed to independent agents, and Ed played a key role in fulfilling that commitment,” said Ben Salzmann, ACUITY President and CEO. “He was instrumental in helping ACUITY forge strong partnerships with agents and guiding the success of our efforts in personal lines and marketing during a period of time in which our business with agents grew five-fold.”
The IIAW presented the award at its 2015 annual convention, held May 13-14 in Wisconsin Dells.
Ed Felchner worked for ACUITY for 19 years and had a career in insurance that spanned nearly 50 years. At the age of 16, he began working in his uncle’s insurance agency, and he held numerous positions in the industry over time. His executive leadership roles prior to ACUITY included Vice President - Insurance Operations for Armed Forces Insurance Exchange, Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Millers National Insurance Group, and Vice President - Corporate Development, Vice President - Personal Lines, and Vice President - Marketing at Omaha Property and Casualty (OPAC).
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