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The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) is the primary national trade association for home, auto, and business insurers. APCIA promotes and protects the viability of private competition for the benefit of consumers and insurers, with a legacy dating back 150 years. APCIA members represent all sizes, structures, and regions—protecting families, communities, and businesses in the U.S. and across the globe.

The APCIA just announced special award winners among the 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders during the Emerging Leaders Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This year, 13 individuals were recognized among a class of 201 insurance professionals with an award for their exceptional work and outstanding impact in 2023.

“I am thrilled to congratulate the exceptional industry leaders who were honored with awards at this year’s Emerging Leaders Conference,” said David A. Sampson, president and CEO of APCIA. “It is a privilege for APCIA to recognize the industry’s top talent and provide meaningful opportunities for networking and professional development. I also want to congratulate the entire 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders for being nominated and selected to participate in this prestigious conference.”

The awards announced during the 2024 Emerging Leaders Conference include: Business Excellence Award; Business Impact Award; Business Leadership Award; Exceptional Philanthropic Impact Award; Innovation Leadership Award; Leadership Award; Outstanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Award; and Talent Leadership Award.

This year’s winners reflect the innovation and collaboration of the industry’s best and brightest future leaders,” said Marguerite Tortorello, managing director of the Insurance Careers Movement. “The diverse categories of awards also demonstrate the significant impact the winners are having across their organization and in their community through their leadership.”

The stellar 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders included rising stars from 80 different companies,” said Jessica Hanson Hanna, APCIA’s senior vice president of public affairs. “The incredible participation in this elite conference demonstrates a true commitment among the industry to recognize and cultivate talent. I want to congratulate the award winners for their special and well-deserved recognition.”

Class of 2024 Emerging Leaders Award Winners

– – Business Excellence Award: Michelle Page, The Hartford
– – Business Impact Award: Mukund Nair, CSAA Insurance Group and Kenji Swepson, Everest
– – Business Leadership Award: Joe Alessi, Universal Shield Insurance Group, Enjonli Hutchison, Amerisure Insurance and Craig Woodworth, Argo Group
– – Exceptional Philanthropic Impact Award: Megan Williams, Auto Club Group
– – Innovation Leadership Award: Wendy Coffing, Great American Insurance Group, Jonathan Macenski, Ally Insurance, and Glen Norton, Illinois Casualty Company
– – Outstanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Award: Shameem Awan, Amica Mutual Group and Sandra Polanco, Zurich North America
– – Talent Leadership Award: Jon O’Camb, ERIE Insurance Group.

The Emerging Leaders Conference provides candid insights by industry executives, networking, and tools and resources for emerging leaders to succeed in this fast-changing world. After the Emerging Leaders Conference, the rising stars will join their fellow alumni in serving as ambassadors for the industry and in helping expand career opportunities in insurance.