San Diego, CA — NAIFA-California is thrilled to announce that Tom Michel, LACP, CLTC, loyal member since 1986, has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Norman G. Levine Distinguished Service Award for 2023. This esteemed accolade recognizes outstanding dedication, leadership, and contributions to NAIFA-California and the broader insurance and financial services industry.
Tom Michel has demonstrated exceptional commitment to advancing the mission and values of NAIFA-California throughout his distinguished career. His unwavering dedication to his clients, advocacy for ethical practices, and tireless efforts in support of the insurance and financial services profession have set him apart as a true industry luminary.
President Holz was a keynote speaker at the e3 Conference where the award was announced and congratulated Michel with his closing remarks of his keynote speech. "Tom Michel has been a driving force within NAIFA-California, embodying the principles of excellence, integrity, and service that are at the core of our organization," said Bryon Holz, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, CASL, LACP, NAIFA National President and loyal member since 1987. "His contributions have left an indelible mark on our association, and we are thrilled to see NAIFA-California honor him with the Norman G. Levine Distinguished Service Award."
Throughout his career, Tom Michel has consistently demonstrated leadership in advocacy and industry education. He has been a staunch advocate for both clients and colleagues, working diligently to promote and protect the interests of insurance and financial advisors in California. His commitment to professional development has enriched the knowledge and skills of countless individuals within the industry. Michel served as the NAIFA-California President in 2013-2014 and previously as the NAIFA-Los Angeles Chapter President in 2007-2008. Following his leadership at the state level, Tom Michel was elected to the NAIFA National Board of Trustees and began serving in 2015. He went on to be elected to serve in the leadership chairs of the Executive Committee becoming NAIFA National President in 2021. He currently serves as the Chair of the NAIFA National Governance Committee and Co-Chair of NAIFA’s Industry Leadership Board.
The Norman G. Levine Distinguished Service Award is a testament to Tom Michel's exceptional contributions to NAIFA-California and his dedication to elevating the insurance and financial services profession. This prestigious award recognizes his outstanding leadership, mentorship, and commitment to the betterment of the industry. The award was created in 1992 as NAIFA-California’s highest honor and was renamed to the Norman G. Levine Distinguished Service Award after his passing to honor his legacy.
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