A past chairman, an FAIA stalwart, and a Trusted Choice company partner were honored at FAIA’s 109th Anniversary Convention and Education Symposium for their dedication and service to the independent agent community.
Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award
Greg Baker, CPCU, CLU, ChFC, received the 2013 Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award—the highest honor FAIA bestows. Given in memory of FAIA Past Chairman Mitchell Stallings, the award recognizes a lifetime of leadership, integrity, and service to the industry.
Greg joined ThompsonBaker in 1970 and serves as chairman, Commercial Lines account executive, and Agency & Financial Services partner. Greg has served on numerous task forces and councils, and served as chairman of the board of directors in 1999. His service to FAIA did not end, however, when his term on the board expired. Currently, Greg serves on the Pay it Forward Task Force and is vice chairman of the FAIA Good Works Fund Committee.
Greg’s service and volunteer work is not limited to his profession. He has served as mayor of his hometown, St. Augustine; president of his area Chamber of Commerce; trustee for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida; and chairman of the board of trustees of the Flagler Healthcare System. He’s currently a member of the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center advisory council.
John Gardner, AAI, president and owner of Lee County Insurance Agency in Fort Myers, received the 2013 Chairman’s Award for his commitment to his fellow agents and the enthusiasm his actions inspire.
Past Chair Cindy Webster established the Chairman’s Award in 2012 to recognize an individual whose attitude, spirit, and efforts inspire others to be their best.
In addition to serving on the FAIA and FMS boards and numerous task forces and councils, John has served on the Automation Task Force for several years, where he regularly volunteers for projects that require an in-depth understanding of insurance technology. He has been a pilot agent for many of FAIA’s proposed programs and is known for bringing information to light that benefits all members.
Trusted Choice Company Partner Award
Safeco, an original Trusted Choice company partner, received FAIA's 2013 Trusted Choice Company of the Year Award for its commitment to living the brand.
In 2013, Safeco launched a co-branded national advertising campaign featuring Phoebe, an overbearing wife, and Marty, the quiet husband who endures Phoebe’s relentless complaining. The ads ran on ESPN, Discovery Channel, TBS, History, Travel Channel, and Food Network during key prime-time shows like “SportsCenter,” “The Deadliest Catch” and “American Choppers.”
The award winning commercials were well-received and brought awareness to the company, Trusted Choice, and the independent agent system. Watch the ads online.