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W. Alwyn Dalrymple
Alwyn Dalrymple graduated from University of Arkansas with B.S. in Economics. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy before beginning a career in the life and health insurance business. He has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), representing the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals, for over 47 years.
At the request of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller, Mr. Dalrymple assisted in writing the first licensing examination for life and health insurance agents in Arkansas, and served as a continuing education instructor teaching Long Term Care and Disability Income courses for many years.
Alwyn Dalrymple is an honorary lifetime member of the Arkansas Jaycees for establishing the Leadership in Action Program. He served on the board of directors of the Arkansas MS Association; member of Professional Advisory Council to Arkansas Children’s Hospital; and helped establish the Hunter Safety Program for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and served as volunteer instructor for 17 years.
Adrian Luttrell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Southern State University, now the University of Arkansas - Magnolia, in 1961. He served as Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps before beginning his insurance career as an underwriter for Travelers Insurance Company in the Little Rock branch office 1964. In 1967, he Joined Walker Bros. Insurance, Inc. and became the agency’s president in 1988.
Adrian has served as an insurance agents advocate on agent’s advisory councils of many insurance companies, including Columbia, CNA, Travelers, and State Auto. He was elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas in 1991 and in 1993 was the recipient of the Allan Kennedy Award, the association's highest honor presented to a member.
One of the highlights of his career was his leadership role in crafting wording that became the legislation for Arkansas Workers Compensation Reform in 1993, legislation that other states have used as a model.
Played an instrumental role in the organization of Fellowship Bible Church, where he has served and chaired many committees; he has taught Sunday School for all age groups; is a past Elder; and continues to lead bible study groups and attend services on a faithful and regular basis. He also served the Springdale, Arkansas School Board for over 20 years, including a term as president; he has served on the board and as president of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce; board member of Arts Center of the Ozarks; and is currently a member of the Circle of Life Hospice Foundation board.
Robert W. “Bob” Owens, Sr.
Bob Owens graduated from Southern University College of Law, Memphis, TN. He enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps one day after bombing of Pearl Harbor. During his military service, he was awarded three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, and an Asiatic Ribbon with three stars. He held the rank of Major when he retired.
Bob Owens was the first general manager of Farm Bureau operations in Arkansas served as vice president and general manager from 1950 to 1981. During that time, Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Arkansas, Inc. and Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company grew from start-up companies to the 2nd largest writers of property and auto insurance in Arkansas.
After retiring from Farm Bureau, where he had handled the investment portfolio for 30 years, Mr. Owens studied for and received his Series 7 securities license. For several years, he mentored young brokers at Crews & Associates on evaluating municipal bond credits and portfolio management.
Bob Owens military record illustrates his dedication and loyalty to the Marine Corps and the men that he commanded. It is fair to say that "he never asked his fellow marines to do anything he wouldn't do himself." This trait carried over into his professional career with Farm Bureau insurance, and that record with Farm Bureau speaks for itself. He built the Farm Bureau Companies from scratch to the 2nd largest writers in the state, and those Companies are sustaining that early success almost 70 years later.
Louis Rosen graduated from University of Arkansas Law School in 1925. He began his insurance career as a Special Agent with Hardy and Company and Anderson and Company, Inc., General Agents. In 1935 he became a partner with E. Grainger Williams in the Williams & Rosen Insurance Agency, serving as President and Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1970. He did take leave from the agency during World War II and served as a Lt. Colonel in US Army Air Transport Command from 1942-1946.
Williams and Rosen eventually became the second largest insurance agency in Arkansas. Louis served as president of the Arkansas Association of Insurance Agents and was the third recipient of the Allen Kennedy Award (1959), granted by the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas, and named for one of the founders and its first president. The award was designed to honor and recognize the current insurance industry person who best lives up to the standards of excellence and leadership set by Kennedy and is the highest award presented by the Association.
Mr. Rosen was a former Chairman of the Little Rock Planning Commission, former director of Steco Corporation, former member of the South Central Regional Educational Laboratory, former trustee of Ottenheimer Brothers Foundation, past president of the Arkansas Association of Insurance Agents, past president Arkansas Children's Hospital, past president of Downtown Rotary Club 99, past president of Temple B'nai Israel and was a member of the American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations. He was a dedicated soldier, avid outdoorsman, triumphant businessman and model citizen. Louis gave generously of his time, talents and pocketbook.
Williams and Rosen was sold to Atkins Insurance in 1970 and eventually became part of Regions Insurance.
Steve Russell, CIC
Steve Russell graduated from University of Central Arkansas in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned the Certified Insurance Counselor professional designation in (year). He founded First Arkansas Insurance of Little Rock in 1987. In 2009, the agency joined INSURICA Insurance Management Network and changed its name to Risk Services of Arkansas / INSURICA. The agency specializes in providing commercial property and casualty insurance, bonds and risk management services for the construction, not-for-profits, manufacturing and hospitality industries.
Steve is a member and past chairman of the Arkansas Contractors License Board and has served on the Arkansas Building Authority Council, University of Central Arkansas Foundation Board of Directors, Bank of Little Rock Board of Directors, and was the inaugural chairman of the Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame Board. He’s a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas, and Associated General Contractors.
He has been a supporter of numerous non-profits and charities, including: CareLink, Alzheimer’s Arkansas, Arkansas Hospice Foundation, American Heart Association, Helping Hand, CARTI Foundation, St. Joseph School, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Faulkner County Battered Women’s Shelter Remodel, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.
In 2007 Steve created the Steve Russell Excellence in Insurance Endowment in the UCA Foundation to provide funds to supplement student scholarships, student and faculty travel, student and faculty certification fees, library needs, student field trips and the national insurance society, Gamma Iota Sigma.
His former business partner and former Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford commented, that Steve, “…possesses a unique ability to not only lead and manage one of Arkansas's most successful independent commercial insurance agencies, but while doing so has consistently been the leading producer, and along the way he has a record of public service and philanthropy that is greatly admired.
E. Grainger Williams
E. Grainger Williams attended Little Rock Junior College and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, in 1934. After college he worked for the Honorable David D. Terry, member of Congress from Arkansas, for 5 years before returning to Little Rock to join with Louis Rosen to form the Williams & Rosen Insurance Agency.
Grainger was on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, serving on the staff of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, Guam, and on the staff of the Admiral of the Fifth Fleet, Japan. He continued to serve as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1950, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.
Along with his longtime partner, Louis Rosen, they created and managed the first multi-line insurance agency in Arkansas that included a life, accident and health department, with 10 multi-line agents that sold and serviced all commercial and personal lines products as well as construction bonds, life, accident and health and group insurance products. They wrote the first three Commercial Multi-Line Business Package Policies sold in the United States. Mr. Williams was elected president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas in 1957 and was once named to the Allan Kennedy Award, the highest honor granted by that organization.
Mr. Williams cared that everyone have an equal opportunity in life is reflected in his religious and civic activities. He was an elder in three different Little Rock Presbyterian churches; served as Moderator of Washburn Presbytery, Synod of Arkansas (PCUS); and on the Board of Trustees of Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was a member of the Board of Trustees, the Presbyterian Foundation of Arkansas-Oklahoma 1983-1994, twice serving as its chairperson. He served as a member of the board of Little Rock University and was Board Chairman when it merged into the University of Arkansas system and became the University of Arkansas - Little Rock.
One of Mr. Williams’s greatest contributions to his community was his willingness to stand up for public education. On January 14, 1959, when he was installed as president of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, he declared that Little Rock schools, which were closed during 1958-1959 school year in an effort to keep them segregated, should be reopened for equal, fair education for every student.
He believed we should “Open our mouths for those who cannot speak. That’s our purpose. Speak for those who have no voice. Be an advocate for all who are destitute. Open your mouth for those who need a voice.”
After a long and joyful life, Mr. Williams passed away on April 6, 2013 @ the age of 101.
Mark V. Williamson, CIC
ark V. Williamson attended the University of Arkansas and the College of Insurance in New York and then spent four years working in his father’s insurance agency and ten years with Baldwin & Meadors, Inc., before starting the Mark V. Williamson Agency with $300 and a lot of determination.
His passion for insurance lead him to become active in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, where he served on the board of the state association for over twenty years, including a term as state president, and then a four-year term as Arkansas State/National Director.
Giving back to the community is an important part of Mark’s life, as evidenced by his thirty-plus year association with CARTI, the state’s largest not-for-profit cancer care provider; and the CARTI Foundation, Inc., where he continues to serve as Director-Emeritus. Mark was also one of the founders of the Arkansas Prostrate Cancer Association. He also served on the Executive Board of the Quapaw Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America; on the Executive Board of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce; on the PTSO Board of Pulaski Academy; and the Boards of Directors of Pulaski Bank & Trust Co. and Pulaski Investment Corporation; and Advisor Board of IberiaBank.
Z. Lynn Zeno
Lynn Zeno earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Education from Henderson State University. He was selected, at age 29, as the Executive Vice President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas, the state's oldest and largest Association of property and casualty insurance agencies. He served in that position from 1979 until 1987 when he took a sabbatical to serve as the first full-time Director of Governmental Affairs for the Arkansas Medical Society. In 2005, he returned to the Big "I" as Executive Vice President, where he became one of the most recognized lobbyist for the insurance industry in both the State and National Capitols.
He has been appointed by several Governors and six Speakers of the House to various boards, committees, and commissions, including a role in Arkansas’s Workers Compensation reform; insurance representative on the Rural Fire Department Study Commission; a major role in the Arkansas Legislature's Tort Reform proposals; and Chairman of the All Insurance Industry Legislative Coalition comprised of representatives of 28 insurance companies and associations. He has also served on several committees of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America including the InsurPac and Governmental Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C.
He was founding member and past president of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives and was selected to receive the "Ken Graves Memorial Award" established to recognize exemplary work and service, not only in the profession of association management, but also in one's community. He’s also a founding member and past president of the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyist.
Active in the community, Zeno is involved and supportive of charitable and philanthropic organizations, including the Razorback Foundation; Henderson State University foundation; UALR Golf Program; IIAA Education Foundation; and is a former Board Member the Humane Society of Pulaski County.
He is a long-time member and past Chairman of the CARTI Foundation and serves on the CARTI Operating Board. He and his best friend Dennis Jungmeyer started the Annual CARTI Kids Golf Tournament which has raised several million dollars to support the CARTI Kids Scholarship Program. He was honored by CARTI when they created the "Z. Lynn Zeno Award" presented annually to the volunteer of the year.