James H. Krueger First In Class Award

Each year, first-line leaders find a way to excel in leading their agencies or firms to be No. 1 in their companies. To recognize these leaders, in 2000, GAMA International created the First in Class Award. For 17 years now, being named "First in Class" has been a recognized way for companies to honor those first-line leaders who exemplify established benchmarks for excellence.

2018 Winners

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Johnnye Ford American National
Vann S. Parkin Country Financial
Joe Solitro, LUTCF LLIF Farm Bureau Insurance
Peter D. Schenck, MBA CFP First Command Financial Services
Jacob Kahan MassMutual
Aaron Klein MassMutual
Paul R. Justin, CFP ChFC CLU MassMutual
Victor Muro, MBA CLU ChFC National Life Group
Jim Ortenzio, LUTCF National Life Group
Gil Cohen, LUTCF ChFC Ohio National Financial Services
Arthur P. Sanger, CLU ChFC Ohio National Financial Services
James J. Meehan, MSM Penn Mutual
Stephanie Rivas, ChFC CLU LUTCF Prudential
J. Gregory Keller, ChFC Securian Financial Group
Steven J. Kontz, ChFC CLU Securian Financial Group
Maria L. Fowler The Baltimore Life Insurance Company
Josh Becker The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Jerry Harnik, CLU The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Lyle Domenitz, LUTCF The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Jeffrey M. Neeck, CLU CLTC The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Randy S. Fine, LUTCF The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Joel A. Johnson Thrivent Financial
David Liu, MBA MDRT Transamerica Agency Network
Gene Patterson, LUTCF LLIF Western & Southern Life