Bo Johnson Spirit Award

The Bo Johnson Spirit Award is an exceptional honor that recognizes individuals for the positive and lasting imprint they make on the fixed annuity industry. Each year, we look to the industry to nominate current or former NAFA members deserving of this coveted award who embody Bo’s generous spirit and lives by the following ideals:

  • Serves as an inspiration to others
  • Contributes to other professionals and their communities
  • Is ethical and conscientious
  • Dedicates himself or herself to improving the marketplace
  • Devotes time to the advancement of fixed annuity products

The Executive Operating Committee then brings before the board a recommended individual to be the recipient. After a board vote, the winner is announced and honored at the NAFA Annuity Distribution Summit each October.

Congrats to our 2019 recipient, Brian Williams!

During the 11th annual Annuity Distribution Summit, Brian Williams, chief operating officer of Financial Independence Group, was honored as the recipient of the 2019 Bo Johnson Spirit Award. Brian’s nominees noted his passion for going above and beyond, his integrity in this business, and his commitment to making fixed annuity professionals more effective and efficient as just a few of many examples of his qualifications for receiving the award. Eric Thomes, chief distribution officer of Allianz Life, presented the award, recounting fond memories he shared with Brian and Bo, and Bo’s influence in bringing Brian into the business more than two decades ago. Though Brian has already made a lasting imprint on the advisors he’s educated, the colleagues and coworkers he’s mentored, and the company he’s helped strategically grow, we look forward to seeing how he will continue to influence our industry in the years ahead. Congrats, Brian!

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About Bo Johnson

Bo Johnson

Bo Johnson was well known for his energy, enthusiasm and love of the fixed annuity industry. He was a proud member of NAFA and served as a board member for several years, as well as the original chair of the Insurance Marketing Advisory Committee (IMAC). His life was cut much too short when he died in 2009 after a courageous fight with cancer.

Distinguished Recipients

  • Mike Tripses (2018)

  • David Noble (2017)

  • Jack Marrion (2016)

  • Eric Thomes (2015)

  • Samuel R. Lane (2014)

  • Bill Cain (2013)

  • Wendy Waugaman (2012)