Robert Dineen Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution
to the State Regulation of Insurance

In June 1989, the NAIC established the Robert Dineen Award in honor of the founder of NAIC's Support and Services Office. The award is designed to honor a staff member of an insurance department who has made an outstanding contribution to state regulation of insurance, and exhibits an attitude and performs activities fostering the advancement of the insurance regulatory profession.

Past Honorees

  • 1989
    Dick Brock, Kansas Department of Insurance
    John Montgomery, California Department of Insurance

  • 1990
    James W. Schacht, Chief Deputy Commissioner for the state of Illinois

  • 1991
    Terence Lennon, Assistant Deputy Director, Superintendent and Chief Examiner of life companies for the New York Department.

  • 1992
    Robert Solitro, Deputy Commissioner for the state of New Hampshire.

  • 1993
    Vincent Laurenzano, Assistant Deputy Superintendent and Chief Examiner, New York Insurance Department.

  • 1994
    Cecil Thomas, Director of the Financial Condition Division, South Carolina Department of Insurance

  • 1995
    Norris Clark, Deputy Commissioner and Chief of the Financial Surveillance Branch, California Department of Insurance

  • 1996
    Kevin Cronin, NAIC's Director of Government and International Relations

  • 1997
    Larry Gorski, Chief Actuary for the Illinois Department of Insurance

  • 1998
    Guenther Ruch, Administrator of the Division of Regulation and Enforcement in the Wisconsin Department of Insurance

  • 1999
    Maryellen Waggoner, Deputy Commissioner for the Colorado Division of Insurance

  • 2000
    Tom Foley, Life and Health Actuary with the Kansas Insurance Department
    Arnold Dutcher, Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance

  • 2001
    Stephen J. Johnson, Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the state of Pennsylvania

  • 2002
    Betty Patterson, Senior Associate Commissioner for the Texas Department of Insurance
    Randy Blumer, Deputy Insurance Commissioner with the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

  • 2003
    Rosanne Mead, Assistant Insurance Commissioner for the State of Iowa
    Fred Nepple, General Counsel for the state of Wisconsin

  • 2004
    David Parsons, Alabama Insurance Department
    Rich Robleto, Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

  • 2005
    Michael J. Moriarty, New York State Department of Financial Services

  • 2006
    Robert Wake, Maine Bureau of Insurance

  • 2007
    Charles Rapacciuolo, New York State Department of Financial Services

  • 2008
    Larry J. Bruning, Kansas Insurance Department
    Ana M. Smith-Daley, Texas Department of Insurance

  • 2009
    Dr. Raymond Spudeck, Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

  • 2010
    Steve Ostlund, Alabama Insurance Department
    Lou Felice, New York State Insurance Department

  • 2011
    Danny Saenz, Texas Department of Insurance

  • 2012
    Joseph Fritsch, New York State Department of Financial Services

  • 2013
    Kathy Belfi, Connecticut Insurance Department
    Fred Heese, Missouri Department of Insurance

  • 2014
    Lenita Blasingame - Arkansas
    Belinda H. Miller - Florida

  • 2015
    Christine Neighbors, Nebraska Department of Insurance
    Chlora Lindley-Myers, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
    Michael Boerner, Texas Department of Insurance

  • 2016

    Kim Hudson, California Department of Insurance
    Cindy Donovan, Indiana Department of Insurance
    Rich Piazza, Louisiana Department of Insurance


  • 2017

    Charles Angell, Alabama Department of Insurance
    Paula M. Pallozzi, Rhode Island Division of Insurance


Information Required for Nominations

  1. The specific contribution of the nominee stated in a single sentence.
  2. a) Present position (title, organization, address)
    b) Positions (past and present) in which the nominee made the contribution
  3. How the contribution was implemented. Please cite specifics.
  4. The actual demonstrated impact of the contribution.
  5. Whether the contribution was developed alone or together with others (name any others).
  6. The probable future impact of the contribution.

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Criteria for Selection

  • currently serving as full time staff of a state insurance department, and
  • has contributed a singularly significant concept of practice that sets a new standard in the area of state regulation of insurance, or
  • has individually produced research which makes an original and significant contribution to state regulation of insurance, or
  • achieves the most effective regulatory program at the optimum cost over the longest term, or
  • exhibits an attitude and performs activities fostering the advancement of the insurance regulatory profession, or
  • has made an outstanding contribution to the literature of insurance.

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