Hard Hat Awards for
Membership, Grassroots, and IFAPAC
Christopher Carothers, LUTCF
Las Vegas, NV
Loyal Member Since 1994
Chris Carothers is NAIFA-Nevada's 2024 President. He began his term in the summer of 2023 to honor his mother, who passed away halfway through her term as NAIFA-Nevada president. Chris came up with the concept of providing members with a certificate to thank them for their commitment to NAIFA. He has been traveling all across the state to present these certificates to members while also recruiting new members. The Carothers Insurance Agency is a proud NAIFA 100% Agency.
Loyal Member Since 2009
Lynn Schreder is NAIFA-Iowa’s Immediate Past President and current Membership Chair. Lynn and her business partner, Brenda Eckard (NAIFA-Iowa 2024 President) made the decision to put their money where their mouth is and become a 100% Agency. In addition to bringing more than 20 members to NAIFA, she has also referred multiple agencies to join the 100% Agency program.
Loyal Member Since 2004
Dori Phillips is a leader when it comes to NAIFA advocacy, working tirelessly to ensure that NAIFA-Utah is continuously engaging with their lawmakers at the state and federal level. During August in-district, she organized an event with around 50-60 NAIFA-Utah members that had all members of Congress and their insurance commissioner.
Betsy Pate, LACP, LUTCF
Loyal Member Since 2004
Besty Pate, LACP, LUTCF, invited the entire pool of NAIFA-Virgina’s IFAPAC contributors to participate in the calls this year for the Candidate Selection Group. She hosted a couple of meetings to explain the process and answer questions as well as vote on who gets the support. Through this effort, Virginia was able to gain a handful of new volunteers.
Chino Hills, CA
Loyal Member Since 2006
Rich is an active volunteer whose engagement at an industry event resulted in 10 new members. He states, "I'm a NAIFA member today...[because] I'm in the position of my career to give back to this wonderful industry and advocate for my fellow agents/advisors and my community of clients." Earlier this year, Rich was on the podcast, Insurance After Dark and explained to the listeners the importance of being a NAIFA member. "Our industry is constantly under attack and we need to be part of the only association that advocates on behalf of the agents/advisors and their clients."
Mike Herring, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
Loyal Member Since 1985
Mike Herring led from the front, organizing meetings on Capitol Hill with all of the Nebraska delegation during Congressional Conference. He ensured that all NAIFA-Nebraska members were assigned to their meetings as well as answering all questions that members may have prior to going on the Hill.
Loyal Member Since 2020
Andra Holmstrom hosted NAIFA-Alaska’s first fundraiser AK and knocked it out of the park. This event featured a combination auction and wine tasting. We are #NAIFAproud of her creative and out-of-the-box thinking to execute a successful event! Andra has been a loyal NAIFA member since 2020 and started serving as the state IFAPAC Chair in 2021.
Loyal Member Since 1997
Thanks to Tim's recruiting efforts, we added 24 new or reinstated members to NAIFA Nation! Like many members, Tim joined NAIFA in 1997 when his agency manager told him he needed to belong. As a Sales Leader for State Farm in Chesapeake, VA, Tim feels that "paying your NAIFA membership dues is paying for an insurance policy premium put in place to protect our livelihoods." Because of this mindset, he has strongly encouraged his team to belong to NAIFA.
Loyal Member Since 1985
Fred Joyner is a top advocate for NAIFA and has worked tirelessly to close federal gaps as well as state gaps in his home state of North Carolina. He organized a Financial Security Advocate presentation for NAIFA-North Carolina members to earn their FSA badge. Fred played an instrumental role in planning their state legislative day.
Elisha Aharon, LACP, LUTCF
Loyal Member Since 2007
Elie Aharon recruited 13 brand new contributors to IFAPAC in one day! He is a member of the Triangle Team, past president of the NAIFA-San Francisco Peninsula chapter, and served that local as a membership chair, grassroots chair, and IFAPAC chair. Elie has also served multiple terms on the National Government Relations Committee as well as in the role of North Carolina's IFAPAC chair.
About the Hard Hat Award
Since 2020, NAIFA has awarded a quarterly Hard Hat Award to members moving the needle on NAIFA membership. In 2023, Grassroots and IFAPAC began recognizing members doing the hard work in their respective areas. Membership, Grassroots, and IFAPAC are the core principles of NAIFA and make up the Trifecta Committee.
Thanks to these members for their dedication to our association and their efforts to help move NAIFA Nation forward!
Nominate Someone for the Hard Hat
Are you someone (or do you know someone) who is committed to raising the bar in one of the core components of NAIFA: Membership, Grassroots, and IFAPAC? Tell us their story and how they are moving the needle and they may be a future hard hat recipient!