The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Announces James J. Kennedy as Winner of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

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James J. Kennedy received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies’ (NAMIC’s) Annual Convention, held September 27 to 30 in San Diego, California.

James J. Kennedy received The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies’ (NAMIC’s) Annual Convention, held September 27 to 30 in San Diego, California.

Candidates for the 2015 Griffith Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award were selected by The Griffith Foundation Leadership Council, which includes insurance leaders, executives and academics. This year’s winner was recognized for exemplary commitments to education and for his support of the missions of The Griffith Foundation and NAMIC.

Kennedy serves as chief executive officer of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group (OMIG). Under his leadership over the past decade, OMIG has gained national recognition for its financial strength and steadfast commitment to the independent agent system, and it was included in the Ward’s 50® from 2009 to 2013.

Over the years, Kennedy has furthered his insurance education by earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Life Underwriters Training Council – Financial (LUTCF) professional designations. He is a past chairman of both NAMIC and the Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) and currently serves on the Leadership Council of The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and on the board of trustees of The Institutes. Kennedy was recognized as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® in 2010 and the Insurance Industry Person of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio in 2006. He also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Tiffin University in 2015.

“There is no more deserving recipient of this award than Jim Kennedy,” said Charles Chamness, NAMIC’s president and CEO. “Jim has spent his entire career in our industry, time dedicated to not only the business of insurance and all that goes with that, but also educating young people who are considering a career in insurance and supporting the missions of the Griffith Foundation and NAMIC. Jim has been a tremendous role model and leader in the property/casualty insurance industry.”

For more information about the 2015 Griffith Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winners, visit http://www.griffithfoundation.org/LAA/.

About The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation
The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, nonadvocacy educational organization dedicated to providing unbiased information about risk management and insurance through educational programs targeting students and public policymakers. The Griffith Foundation is affiliated with The Institutes, the leader in delivering proven knowledge solutions that drive powerful business results for the risk management and property-casualty insurance industry. For more information, visit http://www.GriffithFoundation.org. CPCU is a registered trademark of The Institutes. All rights reserved.

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