John Henry Russell created the John Newton Russell Memorial Award in 1942 as a tribute to his father, an influential leader in the life insurance industry and an early advocate of agent education. John Newton Russell served as NAIFA (then NALU) president from 1916 to 1917 and was a contributing founder of LIMRA International, The American College, and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation.
“On behalf of the selection committee, I am pleased to congratulate Harry Hoopis as the recipient of this year’s John Newton Russell Memorial Award,” said Jill M. Judd, LUTCF, FSS, RICP, Chair of the 2022 award committee. “Harry’s decades of service in insurance and financial services and his indisputable standing as an icon in our industry make him exceptionally worthy of this prestigious honor. The committee considered many qualified nominees for the award, but Harry stood out for the enduring positive impact he has had on so many of his fellow insurance and financial professionals.”
Over Harry’s 40-year esteemed career, he built The Hoopis Performance Network, which is one of the largest and most successful financial services firms in the world. His past honors include; the prestigious Dennis Tamcsin Career Achievement Award, was awarded the Master Agency Award, the Robert Templin Award, the recipient of NAIFA-Chicago’s Leadership in Life Award and was inducted into the GAMA International Management Hall of Fame.
“I couldn’t think of anyone in the industry more deserving of the John Newton Russell Award than Harry Hoopis,” says Joey Davenport, President of HPN. “The impact he made building one of the most successful financial services firms in the U.S. was enormous. However, the impact he’s made throughout the world through the work of HPN is immeasurable and his legacy is cemented as one of the industry’s all time greats” said Joey Davenport, President of the Hoopis Performance Network.
Through the Hoopis Financial Group Foundation, Harry has led his organization in efforts to give back to the community. Over the years, his foundation has raised several hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and national charities. Hoopis has also been recognized by the Cystic Fibrosis Association for his outstanding contributions to the organization.
Harry is currently an active member of the General Agents Symposium and the LIMRA Research Agencies Group which are two of the industry’s most elite study groups. Harry is also the author of the best-selling book The Road to the Bountiful Life: Achieving Success in Financial Services and the principal author of The Essentials of Management Development. He is the creator of the “Firm Foundations” seminar series and developer of the “Fixed Activity Commitment System.”
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About Harry P. Hoopis
Industry icon Harry Hoopis is a renowned entrepreneur, leader, speaker and industry icon who has built one of the largest and most successful financial services firms in the world. Harry is the author of the best-selling book, The Road to the Bountiful Life and donates all proceeds to the GAMA Foundation. Learn More About Harry.