Dennis Smith Named Missouri Insurance Person of the Year

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Dennis Smith, CLU, Columbia, MO, was honored July 22, 2010, as the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents' Insurance Person of the Year.

Throughout [his] stellar career, Dennis has always been recognized as a key mover and shaker in insurance circles.

Dennis Smith, CLU, Columbia, Mo., was honored July 22, 2010, as the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents' Insurance Person of the Year. The award was given at MAIA's annual Leadership Conference.

Smith received the award in acknowledgement of his 40-year career in the insurance industry, during which he served as an independent agent, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives and the Senate, and the CEO of the state's top workers compensation provider.

"Dennis' list of accomplishments is much longer than we have time to delinate tonight," noted 2010-2011 MAIA President Belinda Brenizer at the ceremony. "Throughout [his] stellar career, Dennis has always been recognized as a key mover and shaker in insurance circles."

Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Missouri Employers Mutual from its inception in 1994 through June 2009. His insurance career began in 1967, and in addition to working for companies, he has owned his own independent insurance agency. Smith was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1978 and then to the Missouri Senate.

Smith served two terms as a company representatives on the MAIA Board of Directors. In addition, he has served on the boards of several other organizations in the industry and in his community. He currently chairs the Show-Me State Games Steering Committee.

Founded in 1899, the Missouri Association of Independent Agents is the oldest and largest association of independent agents in Missouri, representing some 4,000 independent agents, brokers and their employees. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent insurance agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance: property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Learn more at http://www.missouriagent.org.

Headquartered in Columbia, Mo., Missouri Employers Mutual is the state's No. 1 provider of workers compensation insurance. With offices in Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., MEM is dedicated to providing policyholders with exceptional customer service, quality loss prevention expertise and timely, personal claims management. For more information, visit http://www.mem-ins.com.

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