Inductees

Tennessee Insurance Hall of Fame at MTSU inducts 3 into 2016 class

The 65 Hall of Fame Inductees have brought credit to themselves and to the insurance industry in the course of their career. Each has achieved success in sales or in another functional area of insurance and risk management, has helped to create or has served as an officer of an agency or company, or has been affiliated with the insurance and risk management industry in another capacity. Selection criteria also include a strong value system and a firm commitment of service to the community and the state. 

2016

  • John Dewald, Agency Services Inc., Memphis
  • John Milam, Willis Towers Watson, Knoxville
  • Dennis Stephen, Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies, Columbia

2015

  • Scott Clayton, Connecticut Mutual and Mass Mutual, Nashville
  • Eugene “Gene” Frazer Jr., Shafer Insurance Agency, Knoxville
  • David Meador, Northwestern Mutual, Nashville 
  • Ken Pinkston, Travelers Insurance Company, Nashville

2014

  • Andrew M. (A.M.) Burton, Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee, Nashville
  • Joe Crosswhite, Tennessee Farmers Mutual Life Insurance Company, Greeneville
  • John G. Sample, Mass Mutual Financial Group, Knoxville

2013

  • Charles T. "Chuck" Bidek, Insurors of Tennessee, Nashville
  • Robert "Bob" Brown, Ameritas Life, Union Central Life, and Acacia Life, Memphis
  • William S. "Bill" Cochran, Northwestern Mutual, Nashville
  • Eldon B. "Jack" Thoma II, E.B. Thoma and Son Insurance Agency, Tullahoma

2012

  • George Gardner, State Farm, Murfreesboro
  • Christie Reeves, A.J. Gallagher, Nashville
  • Ray C. Thomas, State Farm, Murfreesboro

2011

  • William Felton, III, Tennessee Brokerage Agency, Knoxville
  • Ronald F. (Ron) Knox Jr., Northwestern Mutual, Nashville
  • George Nordhaus., AgenciesOnline, Santa Fe, Mexico
  • Alexander A. "Bo" Shafer, Shafer Insurance Agency, Knoxville

2010

  • Dan Brooks, State Farm Insurance Companies, Murfreesboro
  • Tom McDonald, Tennessee Farmers Insurance Companies, Nashville
  • Joseph M. Rackley Jr., Rackley Systems, Pulaski

2009

  • Denby Brandon Jr., Brandon Financial Planning, Memphis
  • Joseph M. Clinard Jr., Nashville Metropolitan Government, Fairview
  • Robert E. Rose, Farm Bureau, Murfreesboro

2008

  • Chester A. Butler III, Butler Co., Nashville
  • Ron Corbin, Allstate, Nashville
  • Thomas Maclellan, Provident, Chattanooga
  • Andy Womack, State Farm, Murfreesboro

2007

  • Edwin W. Craig, NLAIC, Nashville
  • Dr. Kenneth W. Hollman, MTSU, Murfreesboro
  • John A. Spann Jr., Spann Agency, Nashville

2006

  • Roy K. McDonald, BCBST, Chattanooga
  • Dr. William S. (Bill) Phillips, University of Memphis, Memphis
  • Jack K. Westbrook, Westbrook Agency, Knoxville

2005

  • Hulet Chaney, Farm Bureau, Knoxville
  • James (Jim) Hunt, Benefit Communications, Nashville
  • John Pitts, Lipscomb and Pitts, Memphis 

2004

  • Ewing Carruthers, Carruthers Agency, Memphis
  • Thomas C. (Tom) Gunnels, State Farm, Knoxville
  • Raymond H. (Mickey) Moran, Moran Agency, Memphis
  • David Williams, Big "I" of Tennessee, Nashville 

2003

  • Roy F. Bess Jr., Provident, Nashville
  • R.B. (Bob) Gale Sr., Gale Insurance Agency, Chattanooga
  • John B. Peyton, Peyton Merriam Financial Groups, Memphis
  • George M. Pope, State Farm, Murfreesboro 

2002

  • William D. Heydel, AFLAC, Lebanon 
  • Robert F. Hopper, Profit Plans, Chattanooga 
  • Bransford Wallace, Willis, Nashville 
  • Millicent Workman, Mueller Industries, Memphis

2001

  • Leighton G. Bush, Bush Insurance and Financial Services, Nashville 
  • John O. (Jack) Gaultney, New York Life, Nashville 
  • H, Kirke Lewis, Lewis and Knowlton Financial Services, Memphis 
  • Richard M. Miller, Willis, Nashville   

2000

  • W.W. (Bill) Billips, State Farm, Murfreesboro and Nashville 
  • David Blumberg, Mass Mutual, Knoxville 
  • Jim Lancaster, Farm Bureau, Lebanon 
  • Lester Rosen, Union Central, Memphis 

1999

  • Jim Alexander, IIA of Tennessee, Nashville 
  • Joe Lancaster, Farm Bureau, Columbia 
  • Tommy Martin, MONY, Murfreesboro 
  • Robert E. Musto, NLAIC, Nashville 
  • Jack Turner, Jack B. Turner and Associates, Clarksville