G. David Hurd 1929 -2016

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on February 8, 2016

G David Hurd

Former Principal Financial Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer G. David Hurd, 86, died February 6, 2016. G. David Hurd was CEO of Principal from 1989 to 1994.

Hurd, born in Chicago on Dec. 14, 1929, graduated from Michigan State University in 1951. He came to Des Moines in 1954 to work for Banker’s Life Co., now Principal Financial Group Inc., and stayed with the company for 40 years before retiring in 1994, although he continued to serve as director of Principal Mutual Life Insurance Co.

He was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2000. Click here to read his profile page from the 2000 induction ceremony.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2016

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on January 8, 2016

iihof logoTo 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 to to previous nominations, is March 1, 2016. Additional information about the nomination process can be found by clicking here.

Richard P. (Dick) Friedman 1939 – 2015

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on November 12, 2015

2015-FriedmanRichard P. (Dick) Friedman, past President of the Iowa Big “I,” died on November 8, 2015. He was with Friedman Insurance, Dubuque and was president of the Independent Insurance Agents in 1998-1999.

Dick was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame earlier this year.   Click here to read his Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame profile page.  Click here for service information and his obituary.

George W. Kochheiser 1925 – 2015

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on June 21, 2015

George W. Kochheiser passed away on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Kathleen. He is survived by son, Kent and daughter-in-law Beth, also of Cincinnati, and sister Jeanne Faust of Newton, IA. He was born on October 11, 1925 in Lorimor, Iowa to George and Dorothy Kochheiser.

George W. Kochheiser - 2009

He graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1943. He served in the US Army in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters with the 341st Infantry Regiment, 86th Division and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon discharge from the Army he enrolled at Drake University.

Following graduation Mr. Kochheiser began his 41-year career with EMC Insurance, beginning as a clerk in the file room and retiring in 1991 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He continued serving on the board of directors until 2008.

Mr. Kochheiser achieved the CPCU designation and focused much of his work on promoting advanced insurance education within the company. In May of 2009 he was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to the business of insurance. Click here for Mr. Kochheiser’s  profile page from his 2009 induction into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame.  Click here for Mr. Kochheiser’s obituary as published in the Des Moines Register on June 21, 2015. 

2015 Induction Ceremony Photographs

May 26, 2015

Professional pictures from the 2015 Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at Drake University on May 19, 2015, are now available from Todd Hugen Photography. Use the password IIHOF (case sensitive).  Click here to view the pictures.

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2015 University of Iowa – Scholarship Recipient: Benjamin Thompson

May 15, 2015

Ben is from Clive, Iowa, and is a junior at the University of Iowa. He will graduate in May 2016 with a degree in Finance and Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance. Ben is actively involved in several student organizations including Delta Tau Delta, Business Student Ambassadors Organization, Gamma Iota Sigma, The Vaughan Institute Mentoring […]

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2015 Drake University – Scholarship Recipient: Evelyn Mutagaywa

May 15, 2015

Evelyn will be a junior in the fall of 2015 at Drake University. She is majoring in Actuarial Science and Accounting. Since coming to Drake, Evelyn has been involved with Gamma Iota Sigma (a risk, insurance and actuarial business fraternity), Drake Actuarial Students Society, International Students Association, African Students Association, One Campaign and Face Aids […]

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Congratulations 2015 Inductees!

April 18, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame is pleased to introduce the inductees for 2015!

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19th Annual Induction Ceremony – May 19, 2015

January 15, 2015

The 19th Annual Induction Ceremony for the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015  at the Olmsted Center on the campus of  Drake University. Details on how to register for the event will be posted on the web site in April.

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Bob Skow Receives the 2014 Burkhalter Award

November 21, 2014

The 2014 Burkhalter Award was presented to Bob Skow for his many years of contributions to the Iowa CPCU Society Chapter and the insurance industry. The Burkhalter Award is presented by the Iowa CPCU Society Chapter at Insurance Industry Day (I-Day) to a person who has made significant contributions to the community and the Iowa insurance industry. The […]

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