Insurance Technology Advocate Award in Memory of Wade S. Dunbar Jr.

The Insurance Automation Award in memory of Wade S. Dunbar Jr. is designed to honor those individuals who have demonstrated high principles while striving to continue Dunbar’s mission for industry-wide solutions.

History 

With a new understanding of automation, Wade Dunbar created a structure in which agents, insurance companies and automation providers work together to modernize the insurance industry. His ability to motivate agents as well as all major vendors from around the country to be involved was an unparalleled.  He did this through unwavering adherence to the highest principles, bringing dissimilar groups together with the ultimate goal of single entry multi company interface; today we call this “Real Time.” Remarkably, even after his passing, the initiative continued as an outgrowth of his steadfast devotion to the “good of the industry”, instead of a single individual or company. Today, Dunbar’s role in streamlining is seen as one of the greatest contributions to the insurance industry.

Insurance Technology Advocate Award will be presented to a person who has made significant contributions to insurance industry automation. 

Insurance Technology Advocate Award in Memory of Wade S. Dunbar Jr. Recognizes:

  • Involvement in automation and leading organizations towards full system utilization and leadership on an industry-wide basis. 
  • Recognized achievements while serving the industry from a vendor, insurance company, agency, or industry organization perspective.
  • Leader with exemplary personal standards and passion for the success of all industry partners. Ability to pull different groups together for common goal.
  • Significant contributions to moving forward the insurance industry automation
  • Can be active within the industry, retired, alive, or deceased. 

The recipient of this award may be any individual in the insurance industry including insurance agency vendors, agents, brokers, insurance carriers, or members of other insurance industry. A nominee can currently be active within the industry, retired, alive, or deceased. 

Submit an Insurance Automation Award Nomination

Past Recipients

John Folk, 1988
Lawson L. Swearingen, 1989
Louie E. Woodbury, Jr. 1990
Robert R. Treweek, 1991
Robert Burns, 1992
David W. Wroe, 1993
Robert E. Merriman, 1994
Herbert G. Treweek, 1995
Robert Y. Barnham, Jr. (posthumously), 1996
Don R. Jordan, 1998
James B. Phelan, CIC, CLU, CPCU, CPIA, 1999
Jeffrey M. Yates, 2001  
Douglas R. Bennett, 2002 

James J. Cutro, 2004
Gregory A. Maciag, 2005
David Findley, 2006
Jim Rogers, 2008
Mele Fuller, AAM, AIT, AAI, 2009
Dave Acker, 2010
Carolyn "Cal" Durland, CPCU, 2011
Cyndy Smith, 2012
James T. Armitage,  CPCU, AAI, 2013
Steve Anderson, 2014
Nellie Massoni, 2015
Jim Rogers, 2016
Ron Berg, 2017