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Hall of Fame

Katie School of Insurance & Risk Management

Young Leader Award

This award would go to an individual whose activities bring honor and dignity to professionals working in the insurance industry who is under the age of 35. The young leader must have worked in the industry for at least 2 years.The overarching criteria for selecting this individual are:

  • Under 35 years of age.
  • Social Responsibility: Engagement in humanitarian efforts, community service, civic engagement, and promotion of ethics.
  • Contribution to Industry: Contribution to industry through education, mentoring, promoting diversity, and leadership in professional organizations and trade associations.
  • Professional Accomplishments: Has performed well in his/her insurance career. Has been a life-long learner as demonstrated through continued professional education such as CPCU, CLU, and college degree programs.
  • Demonstrates association with the Katie School of Insurance and Financial Services.

**Examples of innovation in any of these areas will be given extra credit. Stories illustrating perseverance and leadership in the face of adversity are also given additional credit. An activity that an individual performed, was involved with, or had a particularly important and positive effect on the U.S. Insurance industry would be given additional credit.**

To nominate a young leader for this award, complete this form and fax it to (309)-438-7753.

2016 Young Leader Award Winner

Jake TimminsJake Timmins

Vice President, Property Broker - RT Specialty

Jake Timmons graduated from the Katie School of Insurance with a Bachelor of Science in Insurance and Finance in 2011.  During his undergraduate career, he received the Alan C. Williams Leadership Award for his work with Gamma Iota Sigma as well as the Jack North Leadership Award from the Illinois State College of Business.  Jake volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and interned in Zurich, Switzerland as part of a Katie School International Internship.  He began his career at Westrope as an Associate Broker before moving to RT Specialty to serve in the role of Vice President, Property Broker.  Jake currently manages a team of fourteen individuals and a book of business in excess of $100 million in annual gross premium.

Additionally, Jake created and spearheaded the Gamma Iota Sigma Alumni Council which connects recent insurance graduates with young professionals working in their region.  Since its inception in 2014, the GIS Alumni Council has grown to over fifteen chapters with over 500 members.  Jake's own region, the Dallas Alumni Council, is currently working with Invest to connect insurance professionals with local high schools to promote insurance careers to young students.


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