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John Newton Russell Memorial Award Nominations

The John Newton Russell Legacy

Outstanding Character, Dedication to the Profession & Meritorious Service

Do you know anyone who possesses these outstanding qualities? If you do, now is the time to submit his or her name for the John Newton Russell Memorial Award. This is the industry’s highest honor.

Nomination Process

Any NAIFA member may nominate an individual whose merits meet the distinguished legacy of the award.  Applications will be accepted now through May 31st, 2024

2024 John Newton Russell Nomination Form

Selection Committee

The recipient is chosen by a committee of industry representatives and past winners. The committee reviews bios and testimonies provided by the candidate’s peers to determine who best exemplifies and lives out the spirit of John Newton Russell.


Eligibility Requirements

The award program is open to anyone you believe is highly qualified, and exhibits the character, leadership qualities, contributions to the profession, and American families exemplified by John Newton Russell. Any member of a NAIFA local association is eligible to nominate a worthy candidate. Nominees must be insurance and/or financial services professionals. Standards for consideration are extraordinarily high. The characteristics of past recipients have included unwavering loyalty and a high level of professional accomplishment and community service.

Past Recipients

The John Newton Russell Memorial Award was first conferred at NAIFA’s (then NALU) annual convention in 1947. Because of the war, the award was given to five outstanding members of the field. Each year since the selection committee has strived to honor an exemplary agent or advisor who represents the best of the industry.

View Past Recipients