William (Bill) Joseph Ambrisco died Friday, September 8, 2017, at University Hospitals and Clinics, Palliative Care Unit. Ambrisco made his business career in insurance in Iowa City, beginning with the S.T. Morrison Co. He was active in the insurance industry on the local, state and national level, serving as President of AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance in Iowa City, the Independent Insurance Agents of Johnson County and the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa. He served as a National Director of the Independent Insurance Agents of America. In 1977, he achieved the professional insurance designation, Charter Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He was a Director of the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) and a Director and President of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce. Notable awards earned during his lifetime were Iowa City Sertoma Club’s “Person of the Year Award”; Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa, “Agent of the Year Award”; The General Will J. Hayek Award in 1995 (Presented to a Military Veteran for Community Service), and induction to the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2010. Click here for a link to his full obituary.
Professional photos from the 2017 Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are now available from Todd Hugen Photography. Click here to see the photos.
Summer is from Des Moines, Iowa and is a junior at Drake University. She will graduate in May of 2018 with a degree in Finance and concentrations in Insurance and Actuarial Science. Throughout her time at Drake, Summer has been actively involved in the Women in Business Organization where she served as the Community Outreach for the first official year. Summer has been newly elected as the External Vice President of the organization and she hopes to recruit many new members for upcoming years. Dr. Therese Vaughan is Summer’s academic advisor and helped guide her with establishing our organization and goals for what we wanted to accomplish. Women in Business is dedicated to serving and empowering both women at Drake and in the Des Moines community.
Along with Drake, Summer works full time at Famous Footwear as the Associate Manager. She is developing her leadership skills to bring them to the corporate world after graduation
Olivia Piekenbrock is from Dubuque, Iowa, and is a senior at The University of Iowa. She will graduate in December 2017 with a degree in Marketing and Risk Management. Since coming to Drake, Olivia has been involved in Gamma Iota Sigma (a risk, insurance and actuarial business fraternity), Women in Business, The University of Iowa Marketing Institute, The University of Iowa Dance Marathon, and Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Her interest in the insurance industry was sparked by a summer insurance internship at Cottingham & Butler.
She plans to look for an Iowa opportunity, following my December 2017 graduation, with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing Risk management Certificate.
American Equity Investment Life Holding Co.’s founder and chairman, David Noble, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, April 16, 2017, the company announced today. He was 85. Noble founded the American Equity group of companies in 1995 and served as chairman, chief executive officer, president and treasurer until 2009 when he became executive chairman […]
The insurance leaders who will be inducted into Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame are: Albert Falkenhainer, founder of Pharmacists Mutual (posthumously). John Forsyth, chairman and CEO of Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. J. Barry Griswell, retired chairman, president and CEO of Principal Financial Group Inc. Jamie Krist, founder of the Krist Insurance Group of […]
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have an Iowa connection, serve as a role model for young people as well as others in the insurance business, exhibit the highest standards of ethical conduct, and have significantly impacted the insurance industry. The deadline for new nominations and updates is March 1, 2017. Additional information about the […]