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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.
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John Newton Russell Memorial Award Chair, Paul Dougherty, presents Terry Headley the 2020 Award on December 4, 2020.


Terry Headley, LUTCF, FSS

Terry K. Headley entered the life insurance business in January 1973 at age 19. He is the youngest Agent ever inducted into the Principal Financial Group Hall of Fame and has 45 consecutive Club qualifications. He is a Qualifying and Life Member of MDRT and consistent Court of the Table Qualifier.

Terry held every office in the NAIFA-Nebraska chapter. He was inducted into the NAIFA-Omaha Hall of Fame and received the NAIFA-Nebraska Distinguished Service Award. He served as Chair of the NAIFA Committee on Public Relations, member of the NAIFA Committee on Governance, and chair of the National IFAPAC Subcommittee. He also chaired the NAIFA 21 Advocacy Task Force. Terry was first elected to the NAIFA Board of Trustees in 2004 and elected Secretary in 2008. He served as NAIFA's national President for 2010-2011.

He has been interviewed by major print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, the Investment News, New York Times, and Washington Post. Terry has appeared on Fox News and testified before numerous congressional committees, state legislatures, and state and federal regulatory agencies, including the SEC, FINRA, HHS, DOL, and NAIC to provide expert testimony. Most recently, he testified at the White House on the Department of  Labor fiduciary rule. He was named by Investment News as one of the "20 Most Powerful People" in financial services for 2011.

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