Class of 2015 Photos
Lenita Blasingame, Arkansas Department of Insurance, El Paso, AR
Lenita Blasingame began her career with the Arkansas Insurance Department in 1963, as a summer intern. She became a full-time employee in 1965, starting as the Commissioner’s secretary. During her 50 years with the Department Mrs. Blasingame served under fourteen insurance commissioners; and during her employment, she worked in or supervised most of the divisions in the department. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners presented Lenita with the Robert Dineen Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the State Regulation of Insurance. This the most prestigious award given by the NAIC and recognizes career regulators for outstanding achievement and service.
Jay Bradford, First Arkansas Insurance, Pine Bluff, AR
Jay Bradford spent more than four decades in the insurance industry, including thirty years as founder, chairman, and former shareholder of First Arkansas Insurance Group; and six years as Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Insurance. He also served twenty-four years in the Arkansas Legislature, and two years as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services within the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
George Frazier (1918-2013), Anderson & Frazier Insurance Agency, Hope, AR
Mr. George Frazier was a true leader in the insurance industry, not only in Arkansas, but nationally. He served as President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas (1961), and is the only Arkansan ever to be elected President of the Independent Insurance Agents of America (1977). Mr. Frazier’s mantra all of his life was one of service to God, country, and community. He excelled at mentoring young men in the community, especially those without fathers or supportive families. George Frazier passed away October 20, 2013.
Robert Carl “Bob” Hickman (1929-1989), Hickman Insurance Agency, Little Rock, AR
Robert Carl “Bob” Hickman was one of the top 10-12 life insurance men in a trillion-dollar industry. He wrote himself into the book of insurance records in Arkansas with over $500 million of life insurance in force – more than many life insurance companies. He was a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable for 29 years, and qualified 13 times for Top of the Table - an organization that each year singles out the nation’s top insurance agents – and was the first Arkansas agent to earn an advisory board seat.
Tad Krug, BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Little Rock, AR
Tad Krug was President and CEO of Ramsey, Krug, Farrell and Lensing, Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc. Rough Notes Magazine, the nation’s leading source of insurance innovations, trends, products and services shaping independent agencies and the property and casualty industry, once named Krug one of the 25 Most Innovative Insurance Agents in America. He is past President of the Independent Agents of Arkansas, and served two different terms on the Board of Governors of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC), based in Austin, Texas.
Allan Meadors, Meadors Adams & Lee Insurance, Little Rock, AR
After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in business administration, and serving in the Navy in the Korean War, Allan E. Meadors went to work for United States Fidelity & Guarantee Co., in its Little Rock office. In 1964 Meadors formed what is known today as Meadors, Adams & Lee Insurance Agency. Allan Meadors has been called “The Rock of Gibraltar in insurance in Arkansas” and has a simple business philosophy:
· Have a passion for what you do;
· Decisions must be in the best interest of the customer;
· Be honest in all your dealings.
He served many years on the Board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas, as well as many Little Rock religious and charitable organizations.
Walter "Jiggs" Ramsey, The ASA Group, Little Rock, AR
Walter H. “Jiggs” Ramsey, Jr., is Chairman and founder of Advisor Services of America (ASA) Group, a wholesale distributor of quality life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance and annuity products located in Little Rock, Arkansas. He's a past president of the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), as well as a state board member. He was once named “Agent of the Year” by the Central Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Steve Strange, Sr., American Management Corporation, Conway, AR
Steve Strange, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of American Management Corporation (AMC) is a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist in Conway, Arkansas. Strange, whose father is from Arkansas, grew up in California, but attended Hendrix College. Upon graduation he returned to California where he held high-level positions with several well know insurance organizations, before returning to Arkansas where he purchased an insurance firm that is known today as American Management Corporation. Through his hard work and service-oriented business plan, AMC grew to become a highly respected and specialized national managing general agency serving insurance carriers, petroleum companies, franchise operations and independent insurance agents and brokers.