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Big “I” Vice President Receives CPCU Award

Bill Wilson receives Gottheimer Memorial Award for his contributions to insurance education.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 1, 2011 — The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) is proud to announce that Bill Wilson, CPCU, ARM, AIM, AAM, Big “I” associate vice president of education & research and Big “I” Virtual University director, is the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Society’s 2010 George M. Gottheimer Memorial Award recipient.

“Bill is a terrific part of our CPCU Society community,” says James R. Marks, CPCU, CAE, AIM, CPCU Society CEO. “He is an outstanding scholar whose contributions continually enrich the CPCU Society’s journals and educational programs. Bill is the very essence of what a CPCU should be.”

The award was presented by the CPCU Society Consulting, Litigation & Expert Witness Interest Group and is bestowed annually to a CPCU Society member who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of insurance education, risk management or insurance consulting.

“Bill Wilson is an incredible resource for Big ’I’ members, and we are proud of his work and the recognition he received with the prestigious award from the CPCU Society,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The Big ’I’ Virtual University, guided by Bill’s extensive industry expertise, is a critical part of the Big ‘I’s’ continuing commitment to provide valuable technical and business information and best practices to agencies nationwide. Bill continues to assist Big ’I’ members in their growth and perpetuation planning. The Big ’I’ Virtual University continues to provide our members and partners with a variety of valuable tools and informational sources necessary to be successful and profitable.”

Wilson is the former director of education & technical affairs for the Insurors of Tennessee and was a licensed insurance and surplus lines agent. His professional affiliations have included past president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of CPCU Society. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Click HERE for a more comprehensive biography.

The CPCU Society is a community of credentialed insurance professionals who promote excellence through ethical behavior and continuing education. The Society's nearly 28,000 members hold the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation, which requires passing eight rigorous undergraduate- and graduate-level examinations, meeting experience requirements, and agreeing to be bound by a strict code of professional ethics. The CPCU designation is conferred by The Institutes. More information about the CPCU Society is available at

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 more than 300,000 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 and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:

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