WINDSOR, Conn., Sept. 12, 2012—The Round Table of New York, one of the nation’s most prestigious leadership organizations, announced today that Robert Kerzner, CLU, ChFC, president and CEO of LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global, is the recipient of its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Bob was the right person to transform LIMRA’s business model at a time when LIMRA was struggling," said Gary "Doc" Huffman, CLU, ChFC, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Ohio National Financial Services, and former chairman of LIMRA’s board of directors. "I have known Bob throughout my career; his vision and leadership have been evident even from the start. As president and CEO of LIMRA, he was the principal driver of the merger between LIMRA and LOMA, fortifying both organizations at the cusp of the worst financial crisis in modern history, and taking them to the next level. As a result of merger, the industry is better served, and LIMRA and LOMA are stronger, providing important, relevant knowledge to the industry."
The Round Table of New York presents its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the insurance and financial services industry. The award recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the areas of ethics, education and industry leadership.
Past awardees include: David F. Woods, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CEO Emeritus of NAIFA (2007); Sy Sternberg, CLU, former board chair of New York Life Insurance Co. (2008); Larry Barton, Ph.D., president and CEO of The American College (2010); and most recently, Dennis J. Manning, CLU, ChFC, executive chairman of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (2011).
In 1974, Kerzner began his career at The Hartford as a life insurance sales agent, establishing performance records in field sales and management, before moving to senior management. He ultimately was promoted to executive vice president and head of the individual life division of Hartford Life, Inc. Under his leadership, the division experienced dramatic growth and record financial performance. In 2003, the division generated $145 million in earnings and had $8.73 billion in assets under management from sales of individual life products. Kerzner also led The Hartford into affiliated distribution with the acquisition of Woodbury Financial Services, a national broker-dealer organization with more than 1,800 independent representatives. Kerzner served as president of Woodbury following the acquisition.
Following his retirement from The Hartford, Kerzner was named president and CEO of LIMRA, the industry’s premier research trade association. He spearheaded the effort to bring LIMRA and LOMA together under a single management organization, LL Global, which became effective Jan. 1, 2008. As president and CEO of LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global, Kerzner leads the world’s largest association of life insurance and financial services companies. The combined organizations have over 1,200 members in more than 70 countries, including most of the world’s largest life insurance companies. Together, LIMRA and LOMA provide their members with research, training and development, consulting, assessment, compliance and other benefits and services.
The 94TH Anniversary Black Tie Dinner of the Round Table of New York will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at the Union League Club in New York City. Further information is available by contacting Lou DiCerbo, CLU, ChFC,: Dicerbo.firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 697-1355.
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About Round Table of New York
Established in 1919, the Round Table of New York was initially organized by 28 General Agents and Managers representing 22 life insurance companies. The organization seeks to raise the level of professionalism in the financial services industry through adherence to ethical conduct, continuing education and meaningful service to the public.