The Big “I" presented the Woodworth Memorial Award and the Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award at the Big “I" Fall Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
Randy Lanoix, president of the Lanoix Insurance Agency in Lutcher and Port Allen, Louisiana, was awarded the Woodworth Memorial Award. All Woodworth recipients share one trait—an extraordinary dedication to the industry and the association. Lanoix has devoted his career to the insurance industry and his community. He served as president of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL) in 2001 and as Louisiana representative on the Big “I" National Board of Directors. Lanoix has also been a recipient of the Mr. Chairman Award for his work as Louisiana's legislative chairman and his work with the Louisiana state legislature. On the national level, Lanoix was Big “I" chairman in 2015-2016.
In addition to his seven years on the Executive Committee, he has also served on the Professional Liability Committee, the Trusted Choice© Board of Directors, numerous task forces, and two terms on the Government Affairs Committee, where he was chairman of State Government Affairs. He has also been a steadfast supporter of InsurPac for years. The Big “I" is thankful for his service to the industry and the association.
Dave Evans was presented the Jeff Yates Lifetime Achievement Award. Named in honor of former Big “I" co-CEO Jeff Yates, the award is designed to recognize those beyond the agent community who contribute to the vitality and strength of the independent agency system. Evans held a number of positions with the Big “I" in the past, including executive director of Trusted Choice and senior vice president and publisher for Independent Agent magazine. He also oversaw company relations and was president of Membership Services Inc. (MSI), the for-profit corporation that oversees non-insurance programs.
Evans, a certified financial planner, has an extensive background in financial services and retirement planning. He has spent a lifetime helping people, especially independent agents, and the Big “I" is honored to present him with this distinguished service award.