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John Newton Russell Memorial Award

The Highest Honor

The John Newton Russell Memorial Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual in the life insurance and financial planning industry. The award recognizes a lifetime of professional excellence, service to the industry and a commitment to ethical conduct.

Nomination Process

Any NAIFA member may nominate an individual whose merits meet the distinguished legacy of the award.  Nominations were due by August 27, 2021.


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.

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.

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