The Awards presentation took place at the IMUA’s closing ceremonies during its 84rd Annual Meeting held in Austin, TX this past May.
In presenting Mr. Drewry with IMUA’s highest recognition, The Lifetime Achievement Award, Rich Soja, a former IMUA Chairman, cited Jim Drewry’s long list of achievements since joining the IMUA. He noted, “Since becoming involved with the IMUA in the late 1980’s, Jim has devoted a great deal of time and effort into making IMUA the effective and productive insurance industry trade association that it is today.
“Jim served on the IMUA Board of Directors for 14 years and was Chairman from 2006 to 2008. During his tenure he was instrumental in leading the charge to synergize the efforts of the Board, officers and staff resulting in a shared vision and mission. I am pleased to present my colleague and friend with our association’
In accepting his award, Mr. Drewry said, “It has been and honor and a privilege to serve the IMUA. From the outset I felt is was my obligation to help foster professional development within the industry, especially among our younger members. Looking at this year’s annual meeting attendance, I am pleased to see we are making great strides in fulfilling that commitment. I would like to thank those of you who have served side by side with me on the Board, on Committees and on our delivering our many educational programs. I accept this award on your behalf.”
As the winner of the Excellence in Education Award, John Tutera was recognized for his involvement in advancing the educational and training platform of the IMUA. Over the years he has presented at several IMUA events including annual meeting and regional seminars. He has also been a co-chair of IMUA’s Construction Committee for a number of years.
Mr. Tutura has wealth of experience in construction underwriting and is often referred to as “the dean of builders risk insurance.”
Ann Marie Elder is this year’s Outstanding Committee Person. She has been involved in IMUA for over 20 years. She served as a past member of the Construction and Education Committees and has been an active member of the Transportation Committee sin 2009.
Ms. Elder is a dedicated supporter of IMUA actively engaging in committee service through the contribution of papers, education/training events and the recruitment of presenters. Most recently she volunteered to Chair the newly formed New England regional Advisory Committee.
IMUA is the national association for the commercial inland marine insurance industry. IMUA serves as the voice of its member companies representing over 90 percent of all commercial inland marine insurers. The association provides its members with comprehensive training and educational programs, including research papers and bulletins, industry analysis and seminars. IMUA was founded in 1930.