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

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on May 26, 2015

2015 InducteesProfessional 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.

2015 University of Iowa – Scholarship Recipient: Benjamin Thompson

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on May 15, 2015

Benjamin ThompsonBen 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 Program and the University of Iowa 2016 RIMS Spence Challenge Team. He is currently serving as the Vice-President of Finance for Gamma Iota Sigma. For the summer of 2015, Ben is doing a commercial lines underwriting internship with EMC Companies in Des Moines.

Ben’s future career goals include employment om either E&S or standard insurance underwriting after graduation.

2015 Drake University – Scholarship Recipient: Evelyn Mutagaywa

by Robert Conroy, CPCU, CIC on May 15, 2015

Evelyn MutagaywaEvelyn 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 Organization, and Herriott Residence Hall Executive Council. She has held leadership positions in Gamma Iota Sigma, International Students Association and African Students Association.

This summer she will intern with Ernst & Young in Minneapolis

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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Now Accepting Nominations for 2015

September 18, 2014

The Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for consideration in 2015. 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. […]

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Richard E. Olson 1929 – 2014

August 18, 2014

Richard E. Olson died as a result of a traffic accident, August 05, 2014 in Dedham, Maine. He was passionate about life – making an impact, making life better for everyone. He was always looking for a better way. Revitalizing downtown Des Moines was his priority. He was a visionary who created excitement and showed people […]

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Voss Joins IIHOF Board

July 22, 2014

Susan E. Voss, J.D., has joined the Board of Directors of the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. Voss was the insurance commissioner for the State of Iowa from 2005 to 2013. She also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioner (NAIC) in 2011. She is a member of the Iowa insurance Hall of […]

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