2016 PRMA Summit Award Winners

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 PRMA Announces Recipients of its Highly Coveted Insurance Awards
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Dec. 07, 2016 Private Risk Management Association (PRMA), a nonprofit group committed to education, research and advocacy for the private client industry, announced today that it presented four prestigious awards to recipients at its third annual PRMA Summit. The awards are given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the high net worth industry and community.
Mary Russell, chief of administration at Higginbotham, received the JoAnn Heltibridle Award. Named in honor of a personal risk manager known to have an admirable level of integrity and a strong commitment to clients, PRMA selected Russell for the award because she embodies those same qualities. Heltibridle perished in the 9/11 attacks.
Michael Jacobson, portfolio underwriter at Chubb, received the Dow Underwriting Excellence Award, which was created in remembrance of Edward “Chip” Dow, who passed away at a young age in 2015. A highly successful underwriter, Dow had a keen ability to build meaningful connections with business partners and was driven to provide creative solutions, often challenging traditional standards. The award recognizes high net worth underwriters who embrace similar qualities and seek to continually raise the bar and advance progress in the high net worth market. 
Jordan Bryan, vice president at Ross and Yerger, received the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions toward advancing the high net worth insurance market and who demonstrate outstanding promise for continuing leadership. Bryan’s passion and tenacity earned her a major promotion and first for her company. She was named the firm’s youngest and only female partner to become a company shareholder.
“We’re honored to recognize these individuals because they are passionate about the work they do and their commitment to the industry,” said Lisa Lindsay, executive director with PRMA. “They truly embody the spirit of these awards. Their professionalism and work ethic not only translate to success for their clients but for the entire high net worth community,” Lindsay added.
Prior to the Summit, PRMA announced that Ross Buchmueller, an innovator, entrepreneur and leader in the high net worth insurance industry, would receive the 2016 PRMA Leadership Award. Buchmueller, president and chief executive officer of the PURE Group of Insurance Companies, has a long track record for developing solutions that are specifically aimed at serving the needs of affluent clients.
The recipients were recognized at the 2016 PRMA Summit, which took place November 13-15 near Chicago. The event brought together influential leaders in the high net worth industry to collaborate, discuss challenges and opportunities and learn from each other so that they can provide better advice and protection to high net worth consumers.
About PRMA
The Private Risk Management Association (PRMA) is a member-owned independent non-profit association founded by leaders in the private risk management and insurance industry. PRMA’s mission is to improve the advice, coverage and service provided to the high net worth insurance consumer through education and increased awareness.  PRMA provides specialized education and information and establishes standards and credentials while raising the awareness of and advocating for the niche and consumers served.