David A. Walker | Bio
David A. Walker was elected to the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") executive committee at the association's Leadership Conference in New Orleans September 2009. David began his insurance career in 1979 as an agent with Guarantee Mutual Life Insurance Co. In 1981, he joined Hartland Insurance Agency as a producer, rose through the ranks, and currently serves as president and principal of the agency.
Throughout his career, David has been an active association leader at the state and national level. He has served on the Michigan Young Agents Council, the National Young Agents Council, the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (MAIA) Education Committee (including three years as chairman), MAIA Legislative Affairs Committee and MAIA Agency-Company Relations Committee. In 2014-15 he served as the Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agent & Brokers of America (IIABA).
At the national level, David served for five years, 2004-09, as the director representing Michigan on the Big "I" National Board of Directors. He has served on many and varied committees at the IIABA level during his service on the board and executive committee. David has taught many classes nationally for CIC, CISR and numerous conventions.
David has received numerous MAIA awards including the Young Charger Award in 1986, the Aschom Education Award in 1997 and 2000, the Forsetlund Award (Agent of the Year) in 2000 and 2003, and the W.O. Hilderbrand Award in 2006 for his lifetime service and achievement in the insurance industry and MAIA, and in 2019 received the Capitol Award for his active work on legislative affairs in Michigan.
Lynne Susan Lovell | Bio
Lynne Lovell's experience encompasses the areas of life insurance & employee benefits, property & casualty insurance, and risk management. As an independent contractor, Lynne is an Educational Consultant and faculty member for both the CIC and CRM programs offered by The National Alliance as well as faculty for eight of the nine-parts of the CISR program.
She travels throughout the United States providing her expertise to help others better their careers in insurance and risk management. In addition, Lynne works with various insurance companies and others helping to develop in-house training programs.
Lynne is Past-President of the Arizona Central RIMS Chapter as well as Past President of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals and has served on national committees to support these organizations.
Lynne is a past member of the Board of Governors for The Society of CIC and has served on the Insurance Advisory Committee of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. She currently participates on the Valley of The Sun YMCA Risk Management Committee.
Lynne holds an undergraduate degree in Finance, graduating magna cum laude.
Robert Ford | Bio
Robert Ford is Senior Vice President, and Director of the Claims Division for American Insurance Center. Bob started in the insurance business at age 19, when he was hired by Nodak Mutual Insurance Company as a territory producer in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and later transferred to Dickinson North Dakota.
Bob returned in 1978 to Devils Lake, North Dakota to work in and purchase the family run agency. He has been with Ford Insurance Agency ever since.
Bob has since involved himself in the insurance industry participating in several programs. Early in his career he started training with the IIAA of Iowa at the University of Iowa on an annual basis with their agency management school. These sessions were led by nationally known Dr. Emmett Vaughn. Those sessions helped Bob to lay the foundation for a good understanding of the insurance industry and the agency company relationships.
Bob was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for North Dakota PIA (Professional Insurance Agents), and served in that position for 13 years. During that time his favorite activity was chairing the education committee. He held that position for eight years. Bob especially enjoyed chairing the education committee because in his view education is critical to a successful career. He has been privileged to serve as North Dakota PIA President and has also served as North Dakota PIA National Director.
In trying to further his education, Bob completed his CIC designation in 2001, and his CISR designation in 2006. In addition, he has earned the following insurance designations, CPIA (Certified Professional Insurance Agent), CLCS (Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist), MLIS (Management Liability Insurance Specialist), and CRIS (Construction Risk Insurance Specialist).
Enjoying education so much, Bob continues his educational pursuits by teaching many insurance workshops each year around the country, and is also a member of the national faculty for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.