Award Winners

The IMCA celebrates achievement in insurance marketing and communications by both companies and individuals. Over the years, our awards have changed, but our mission of elevating innovation, creativity, and achievement has remained constant.

To view a complete list of 2021 Showcase Award winners, click here!

The SAMMY Award

The coveted SAMMY Award is all about peer recognition and is given to the entry voted to be the best overall work by our members and conference attendees.

The Icon Award

The IMCA Icon Award honors a leader who has made significant contributions to the insurance marketing and communications industry.

The Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award celebrates someone with fewer than 5 years' experience in the industry who is already demonstrating leadership, achievement, and innovation.

TaDa! Award - Tabletop At-conference Display Award (Retired)

In the past, SAMMY Award candidates created a display that was shown at the Annual Conference.

Innovation Torchbearer Award (Retired)

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

SAMMY Award Recipients

  • 2020 - Risk Placement Services
  • 2019 - Gallagher
  • 2018 - Norcal Mutual Insurance Company
  • 2017 - Kansas City Life
  • 2016 - California Earthquake Authority
  • 2015 - CAMICO
  • 2014 - The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • 2013 - CAMICO
  • 2012 - Liberty Mutual
  • 2011 - American Modern Insurance Group and CNA
  • 2010 - PEMCO
  • 2009 - State Farm
  • 2008 - Liberty Mutual
  • 2007 - Farmers
  • 2006 - Nationwide
  • 2005 - Farmers
  • 2004 - Allstate

IMCA Icon Award Recipients

  • 2021 - Mark Wells (Wells Media Group)
  • 2020 - Emily Hathcoat (Risk Placement Services)
  • 2019 - Michael Z. Stahl (HealthMarkets)

IMCA Rising Star Recipients

  • 2021 - Justin Jacobs (IMA Financial Group, Inc.)
  • 2020 - Jennifer Edwards (Argo Group)
  • 2019 - Megan Bell (Falvey Insurance Group); Ashley Heline (Argo Group); Hailey Willett (Frankenmuth Insurance)

TaDa! Award Recipients

  • 2018 - Nautilus Insurance Group
  • 2017 - American Equity Underwriters

Innovation Torchbearer Award Winners

  • 2018 - USI Insurance Services
  • 2017 - Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority (IFPA)
  • 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