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Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame to induct three new members
Jul 26, 2011

Three outstanding leaders, legends and innovators in the insurance industry will be honored at the 18th annual induction ceremony of the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Lansing Country Club.

Donald E. Eve, of Flint Township, has dedicated his career to sharing techniques and ideas on marketing and management to promote the successful growth and perpetuation of the independent agency system. His contributions to Michigan’s insurance industry have come from a broad spectrum of endeavors including the development and operation of his independent agency, consulting of agency systems, and establishment of Great Lakes Casualty Insurance Company.

Robert B. Hughes, of East Lansing, has spent his career as a staunch advocate for a positive regulatory environment and ethical/professional conduct as a member of the financial services industry. He was the leading producer for American Community Mutual Insurance Company until 1977 when he began representing Maccabees Mutual. In February 1988 he became a Senior Agent with the Principal Financial Group. Giving back to the industry that has given so much to him has always been a big part of Hughes’ philosophy, “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give!”

D. Joseph (Joe) Olson, of Brighton, retired from Amerisure Insurance Company in 2008 as vice president of government relations. Olson served as Michigan’s insurance commissioner from 1995 to 1997. Based on the belief that right ideas need active support, he was instrumental in establishing the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy.

The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame was established at Olivet College in 1994 as a way to pay tribute to individuals who have made a significant impact on the ability of the Michigan insurance and risk management industry to serve the public. An election panel, representing a cross-section of the insurance and risk management business, identifies leaders and/or innovators who have made significant contributions in five areas: product/service development, education, recruiting new participants, legislative and regulatory activity, and exemplary service.

Olivet College is also home to a nationally recognized undergraduate insurance and risk management program and an online Master of Business Administration in Insurance program. The college’s Alpha Alpha chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, an insurance, risk management and actuarial science organization for students, consistently ranks among the top three chapters in the nation each year, as well as the best chapter in the nation four times. In 2010, Olivet College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School established a groundbreaking partnership to coordinate curriculum programs aimed at supporting job growth in Michigan’s insurance industry. For more information, visit http://web.olivetcollege.edu/insurance.

If you are interested in nominating someone into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame or need additional information, please visit http://web.olivetcollege.edu/mihof or contact Carol Breed, director of the Risk Management and Insurance Center at Olivet College, at (269) 749-7626.


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