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Travelers Executive Presented with Dach Award
Tom Davis volunteers with program which helps attract talent to insurance industry.
HS Tom Davis.jpgALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8, 2014 – The InVEST program awarded Tom Davis, CPCU, Travelers underwriting officer, with the Dach Award which honors an insurance industry volunteer who has made tremendous contributions in fostering the growth and development of InVEST. The InVEST program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.
 
“InVEST is a group effort with great mentors and volunteers, like Tom Davis, who are the backbone of this program which is so critical for the success of the industry and financial literacy for our high school and college students,” says Robert G. Slocum, CPCU, CIC, InVEST board chair and president of The Slocum Agency, Inc., an independent agency in Warwick, R.I. “Tom’s commitment to his profession drives him to support the development and attraction of talent for carriers, agents and brokers, as well as to create opportunities for insurance professionals to get involved at the local level. We are very proud to present the Dach Award to Tom Davis for his countless contributions and dedication.”
 
Davis joined Travelers in 2004, and is currently located in the company’s Alpharetta, Ga., office. In addition to his roles at Travelers, he has also assisted in numerous capacities with InVEST leadership at the national and state level. Additionally, he has participated in InVEST’s recruitment and retention efforts at several Atlanta-area schools including Booker T. Washington High School, B.E.S.T. Academy, Frank McClarin High School, North Atlanta High School and Georgia State University. Davis has also served as a board member and held multiple leadership roles, including chairman and treasurer, with the Georgia Insurance Education Association.
Davis earned an associate degree in business administration from Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga. 
 
The Dach award, created in 1989, is named in memory of the program’s founder, Stephen Dach. Dach had a vision in 1970 to capture the attention of students at an early age to reveal the vast opportunities available to them in the insurance industry, which led him to begin what is now known as the InVEST program.
 
“The future of the independent insurance agency system and the industry as a whole depends on attracting new talent and InVEST is a big part of this development,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “Our industry needs more professionals like Tom Davis to continue stepping up to train, inspire and teach the next generation of leaders.” 
 
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
 
Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
 
Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.
 
 
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