BUIST M. ANDERSON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award, named after its first recipient, is bestowed by the Board of Governors on long-standing members of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel who have provided outstanding service to the Association and to the bar of the life insurance and related financial services industry, to the life insurance industry or to colleagues in the industry.
2017 AWARD RECIPIENT
Daniel B. Seitz
The ALIC Board of Governors has unanimously selected Daniel B. Seitz as the recipient of the 2017 Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award.
Dan has made significant contributions to ALIC since joining the Association in 1979. He contributed regularly to the Association’s tradition of scholarship, serving as a participant on several main stage and breakout session panels addressing a variety of regulatory issues. He also served as a member of the Board of Governors in 2005 and 2006, and served as Social Chairman, responsible for managing the Annual Meeting Golf Tournaments, from 2003 through 2010.
Dan’s significant contributions to the Association are matched by those he made to the life insurance industry, the life insurance bar and to colleagues he met along the way. Dan began his career in the Law Division of Lincoln National in 1970, with responsibility for claim litigation. Dan assumed government relations support roles in late 1970, and, in 1978, left the Law Division to establish the State Relations Division. In 1985, Dan was named Vice President—Governmental Relations. It is worth noting that four of the people who wrote in support of Dan’s nomination for the Anderson Award are past Presidents of ALIC, three of whom are also former Anderson Award recipients. Two of those three also served as General Counsel at Lincoln National during Dan’s tenure at the company. One of them commented that, “while a talented lawyer to be sure, [Dan’s] strong interpersonal skills and ability to ‘see over the horizon’ as it related to the impact of governmental and legislative initiatives at both state and federal levels paved the way to what eventually became a governmental affairs career … he was a natural if ever there was one.”
Dan was also a partner in the law firm of Bose McKinney and Evans, Managing Principal of Bose Public Affairs Group, a Board member of the Indiana Legal Foundation, a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, a Board member of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Chairman and Founding Director of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute.
Dan’s scholarship, leadership and willingness to serve extended to national and state trade associations and guaranty associations. He served ably as a member of numerous committees and task forces of both the American Council of Life Insurers (“ACLI”) and the Health Insurance Association of America (the predecessor organization to America’s Health Insurance Plans). At the ACLI, Dan dealt with a number of issues involving state guaranty associations and insolvency proceedings, and also served as the ACLI’s principal legislative liaison for Indiana for more than 35 years. Dan also served as a member of the Indiana Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association and chaired the West Virginia Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association. After leaving Lincoln National in 1987 to join the law firm of Bose McKinney and Evans, Dan served as Executive Director of and counsel to the Association of Indiana Life Insurance Companies for 24 years.
All those who wrote in support of Dan’s nomination for the Anderson Award commented on his willingness to give unselfishly of his time to help others become the best they could be. Dan provided patient and sage advice to people within industry trade associations, at his law firm and in virtually every arena in which he worked. As Dan changed positions over the course of his career, he always ensured there were well prepared individuals waiting in the wings, making those transitions seamless. Dan also encouraged active participation in industry organizations that promote professional development, including ALIC.
Another common theme among the letters received in support of Dan’s nomination was his commitment to ethical behavior. One person commented, “there are frequently opportunities for ethical ‘short cuts’ in the legislative and regulatory business—and Dan never took one. If you wanted a task done correctly and without any concern over the ends justifying the means, you handed the matter to Dan.” Another commented that Dan was never afraid to question whether the industry was doing the right thing, which explained why his advice and counsel were so valued and led to his award as honorary Indiana Insurance Commissioner. He also commented that Dan valued the legal profession, “including the role of lawyers as lobbyists, and [worked] hard to advance the profession. He was a founding member of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana, which was established to advance ethical lobbying, and has been an active member of [the] Association.”
Dan’s intelligence, leadership, collegiality and demonstrated excellence in service to ALIC and the industry embody the qualities and values the Anderson Award was designed to honor.
|Daniel B. Seitz
|Cynthia R. Shoss
|Wolcott Dunham, Jr.
|Joseph P. Rath
|Gary E. Hughes
|Thomas E. Workman
|Willliam A. Wilson**
|J. Michael Keefer
|Charles Bowman Strome, Jr.
|John J. Creedon, Jr.
|Jack D. Hunter
|Jack H. Blaine
|William R. Shands, Jr.
|Robert R. Googins
|A. Peter Quinn, Jr.**
|Robert S. Seiler
|Hugh S. Campbell**
|Abram T. Collier
|Buist M. Anderson**
Outstanding service to the Association can be evidenced in one or more of the following ways:
- Presenting papers
- Participating on panels
- Promoting the collegiality of the Association
- Serving as chair of a section
- Serving on special committees
- Serving as an elected officer
- Serving on the Board of Governors
Outstanding service to the bar of the life insurance and related financial services industry can be evidenced in one or more of the following ways:
- Participating in insurance-related activities of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association
- Participating in insurance-related activities of a state or local bar association
- Serving as an educator in insurance law
- Contributing to legal scholarship through publication of learned articles or books on subjects of importance to the life insurance bar
Outstanding service to the life insurance industry can be evidenced in one or more of the following ways:
- Serving on committees of the American Council of Life Insurers
- Presenting papers to or serving as an elected officer in the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers
- Participating in the activities of other international, national or state trade associations concerned with legal and regulatory matters involving life insurance companies
- Representing the life insurance industry before international, federal or state legislative or regulatory bodies
- Participating in NAIC activities including membership on advisory committees
- Holding a staff or leadership position in a life insurance trade association
Outstanding service to colleagues can be evidenced in the following way:
- Giving willingly both time and effort to assist other lawyers in providing sound counsel and advice to their life insurance clients
These lists of ways in which outstanding service to the Association, to the life insurance bar, to the life insurance industry and to colleagues can be evidenced are not intended to be exhaustive. Consideration may be given to other, equally laudable, service provided by a nominee.
- While the Anderson Award is intended to honor the recipient’s entire body of work, a recipient may still be actively engaged in, or fully retired from, their professional legal career, and may be either an active or emeritus member of the Association. The recipient must, however, hold or have held active and substantial membership in the Association.
- An individual may receive an Anderson Award only once.
- Governors and elected officers of the Association are not eligible to receive an Anderson Award during their tenure in office.
- An Anderson Award will not be made posthumously.
- Nominations for the Anderson Award can only be made by current members of the Association.
- Members of the Distinguished Service Award Committee may nominate one or more individuals for the Anderson Award.
- Nominations must be submitted on the Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form, which is available on the Association website.
- The Nomination Form must be accompanied by letters from at least two other current or retired members of the Association seconding the nomination and attesting to the accuracy of the service that forms the basis for the nomination.
- The Nomination Form and seconding letters must be submitted to the Chairman of the Distinguished Service Award Committee, the President of the Association, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association or to the Association’s Executive Director.
- All nominations and seconding letters must be submitted by December 31, preceding the Association’s Annual Meeting at which the Award, if any, will be presented.
- Individuals nominated, but not selected, for the Anderson Award will be automatically reconsidered for the Award in future years. Nominees will be eliminated from consideration, however, in the event they are not selected within five years after they are first nominated. Nominees eliminated from consideration after five years may be re-nominated
- The Distinguished Service Award Committee will review all nominations received by December 31, for compliance with the foregoing qualifications, criteria and standards. The Committee will make its recommendation, if any, to the Board of Governors prior to the January meeting of the Board at which the recommendation will be considered.
- An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the entire Board is required to authorize the presentation of an Anderson Award. Any Governor not present at the meeting at which the recommendation is considered may communicate his or her vote in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association.
- If the Board of Governors fails to authorize presentation of an Anderson Award to a nominee recommended by the Distinguished Service Award Committee, the nomination may, at the discretion of the Board of Governors, be referred back to the Committee for future consideration.