Acuity Senior Commercial Field Underwriter Keri Herlong has been honored by the International Association of Insurance Professionals (IAIP) as the Risk Management Professional of the Year. Keri was selected from nominees across the IAIP’s seven regions.
“It was the honor of the International Association of Insurance Professionals to present Keri Herlong with the International Risk Management Professional of the Year for the 2020-2021 term. Keri embodies the definition of a true risk management professional. She applies the principles of forecasting, analysis, and mitigation not only in her service to her clients, but Keri also extends those attributes to her teamwork, leadership, and perseverance within the association. Keri is an excellent ambassador to the industry we serve, as well as a respected trailblazer, mentor, facilitator, and educator to the members of IAIP,” said Lauri Oakden-Binder, IAIP’s 2020/2021 International President.
The Risk Management Professional of the Year is an award to recognize a risk management professional who has demonstrated superior knowledge of the risk management field, experienced professional advancement through educational pursuits, demonstrated leadership in the field, and is an active participant in IAIP activities. Criteria include IAIP involvement, continuing education, industry involvement, community involvement, and an essay on an industry topic.
Keri has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and has a passion for continuing education, earning multiple designations from The National Alliance (CIC, CRM, CISR), The Institutes (CPCU, AIM, ACSR), and IAIP (CIIP, CLP, DAE), as well as the CRIS designation from IRMI. In 2020, after competing against five other contestants, she won the International Award in the Confidence While Communicating speak-off. In 2019, she received both the Insurance Professional of the Year Award and the Professional Underwriter of the Year Award from IAIP. Keri has taught several classes in various areas of the insurance industry and is an active member of the Las Vegas Insurance Professionals, where she has held the offices of Secretary and President. Keri also serves in several roles at the Regional and International levels of IAIP. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology from California Coast University.
Acuity Insurance, headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, insures over 125,000 businesses, including 300,000 commercial vehicles, and nearly a half million homes and private passenger autos across 29 states. Rated A+ by A.M. Best and S&P, Acuity employs over 1,400 people.