Innovation Torchbearer Award

The IMCA Innovation Torchbearer Award honors individuals, institutions, or companies that have, over time, made significant contributions under the open category of "innovation."  The award recognizes the efforts on the part of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated innovative ideas or initiatives impacting our industry.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Overall impact of innovation on a national or international level
  • Impact of innovation on respective insurance industry segment
  • Degree of innovation deployed in executed creative strategy

Call For Entries

The nomination period for the 2017 Innovation Torchbearer Award is open from April 3, 2017 through May 5, 2017. Please click below to access our online nomination form. Please note that there isn't a character limit on the form, but about 1000 words is a good rule of thumb.

Award Presentation

The 2017 Innovation Torchbearer Award will be presented to the winner during our Torchbearer Lunch at our 2017 Annual Conference. The lunch will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at noon and will be at the Scottsdale Resort McCormick Ranch.

Innovation Torchbearer Award Nomination Form

Innovation Torchbearer Award Nomination

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Innovation Torchbearer Award Winners

  • 2016 - Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • 2015 - Insurance Information Institute (III)
  • 2014 - Swiss Re
  • 2013 - esurance, an Allstate company
  • 2012 - USAA

The Innovation Torchbearer Award was previously known as the Golden Torch Award.  Past winners include:

  • 2011 - Nanci Evarts, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Aon Services Group and IMCA Past President
  • 2006 - John Bogardus, Jr., former Chairman/CEO, Alexander & Alexander
  • 2005 - Donald Hurzeler, Senior Vice President, Zurich North America Commercial and Past President,  Society of CPCU
  • 2004 - Mark Wells, Jr., Publisher, Insurance Journal
  • 2003 - Gay Silberg, Principal, Graham Silberg Sugarman, Inc.
  • 2002 - Kathryn J. McIntyre, former publisher, Business Insurance
  • 2001 - Walter J. Gdowski, President, Rough Notes Company
  • 2000 - Edward F. Bolton, Canadian insurance executive and author, The Business of Insurance
  • 1999 - Jan Lowther, Group Publisher, Canadian Underwriter
  • 1998 - William E. Bailey, Founder and President,  National Consumer Education Foundation
  • 1997 - Edwin S. Overman, President Emeritus of the American Institute for CPCU and Insurance Institute of America
  • 1996 - George Nordhaus, Founder/CEO of Insurance Marketing and Management Services
  • 1995 - Alfred Malecki, Founder and Publisher, Business Insurance
  • 1994 - John N. Cosgrove, Retired Editor, National Underwriter
  • 1993 - Nicholas J. Matthews, former Senior Vice President, National Association of Independent Insurance Agents
  • 1992 - James Osborne, retired CEO,  Oregon Mutual Insurance Co.
  • 1991 - Lowell Beck, former President,  National Association of Independent Insurers