Insurance hall of fame names 2016 inductees

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame has announced the 2016 class of inductees. The eight inductees will be honored at the 2016 Induction Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Farris Center at the University of Central Arkansas.

Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the ceremony immediately following.

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The 2016 Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame inductees:

Harold Campbell, CPCU

Founder of Campbell & Company in Camden and creator of “Sales Track,” an agency sales management system that fostered a network of independent insurance agencies providing property, casualty, life and health insurance to more than 14,000 clients across Arkansas

Larry Clark, CIC

Executive vice-president of Brown-Hiller-Clark & Associates in Fort Smith, past president of the Professional Insurance Agents of Arkansas and past Arkansas Professional Agent of the Year

Bob E. Hall, Ph.D., CLU, ChFC, CPCU

Founder and president of Hall & Hall, Inc., a retirement planning firm in Fayetteville and former professor of finance who taught in the Finance and Insurance degree program at the University of Arkansas for more than 25 years

V. Waner Marks, CLU, ChFC (posthumous)

Arkansas General Agent for Northwestern National Life Insurance Company and 27 time qualifying member of Million Dollar Round Table

Dr. George K. Mitchell

President and chief executive officer at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield from 1975 to 1993 and chairman of the board of directors of USAble Life Insurance Company

Raymond H. Rebsamen (posthumous)

Founder of Rebsamen Insurance, one of the 50 largest insurance agencies in the U.S., which was acquired by Regions Financial in 2001 and formed the core of what is now Regions Insurance

Don Spharler, CPCU

President of IA, Inc., an insurance and risk service company associated with First Arkansas Insurance-Pine Bluff and a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas (IIAA) where he once co-chaired the IIAA Workers Compensation Special Market Committee and worked tirelessly for changes in the Arkansas Workers Compensation law and the Arkansas Workers Compensation Assigned Risk plan

Karen Yezzi, CIC, AAI, CPCU, ARM

Former senior vice president of Ramsey, Krug, Farrell & Lensing, a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc., and recognized nationally as an expert on property and liability insurance issues, she significantly influenced policy language being considered by the Insurance Services Office, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, and the Surety Association of America

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame was created in 2015 to identify and honor distinguished insurance industry professionals with strong ties to Arkansas who exemplify innovation, social responsibility, leadership and professional excellence; have made broad encompassing and lasting contributions to advance the role of insurance in society; and have significantly impacted the lives of many Arkansans.

UCA was chosen as the host and beneficiary of the Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame as UCA is the only university in Arkansas with an undergraduate degree program in insurance and risk management.

The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame seeks to remind the public of the important role the insurance industry plays in securing the well-being of both individuals and businesses, to inspire the next generation of leadership to reach these high levels of accomplishment, and to encourage young Arkansans to consider careers in the insurance industry.