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Spirit of Life Gala

On September 13, 2014, the annual Spirit of Life Gala took over The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Buckhead, GA to honor an incredible philanthropist and industry leader, Steve DeCarlo. Through his tireless efforts to raise funds for City of Hope, along with that of his AmWINS team, he has had a direct hand in moving research forward, and improving treatment for the patients afflicted by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout the world.
 
 
 
2014 Spirit of Life Corporate Sponsors
 
HEROES OF HOPE
   
   
CHAMPIONS OF HOPE
   
 
     
DIAMOND CIRCLE SPONSORS    
 
     



 
 

Our Honoree

Steve DeCarlo l Chief Executive Officer
2014 Spirit of Life honoree Steve DeCarlo, a 32-year veteran of the insurance industry, has served as the CEO of AmWINS Group Inc. since 2000, and has lead the firm to grow and become one of the leading specialty wholesale insurance distributors in the United States. AmWINS has experienced continued growth and an expansion of products, services, and industry expertise across a diverse mix of property, casualty and group benefits products as a result of Steve’s guidance. The firm now has more than 3,200 employees in 17 countries and manages more than $9.5 billion in premium annually across four divisions: Brokerage, Underwriting, Group Benefits, and International. 
 
Steve was one of the founding partners at RSUI, today one of the leading specialty insurance carriers in the U.S., and in 2009 he was named Ernst & Young LLC’s Entrepreneur of the Year® in the Carolinas for the financial services category.
 
A cancer survivor himself, Steve is a passionate supporter of cancer research initiatives both nationally and locally within the Charlotte community.

 

 

 

Past Honorees

The National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) has honored great philanthopists and incredible industry leaders over the years through the Spirit of Life® initiative. Those honored are extraordinary examples of an individual's ability to affect positive change. Through each honoree's tireless effots to raise funds for City of Hope, he has had a direct hand in moving research forward and improving treatment for the patients afflicted by cancer and other life-threatening ilnesses thoughtout the world.
 
2014
Steve DeCarlo
CEO, AmWINS Group, Inc.
 
 
2013
Greg Case
President & CEO, Aon
 
2012
Tony Anderson
Ernst & Young (Retired)
 
2011
Robert Woudstra
Farmers Insurance
 
2010
Kevin Kelley
Ironshore
 
2009
James Weidner
Cooperative of American Physicians
 
2008
Stephen W. Lilienthal
CNA
 
2007
Thomas F. Motamed
The Chubb Corporation
 
2006
Anthony Markel
Markel Corporation
 
2005
Jack Miller
Zenith Insurance Company
 
2004
R. Max Williamson
Scottsdale Insurance
 
2004
Thomas Tizzio*
AIG
 
2003
Brian O’Hara*
XL Capital
 
2003
Martin D. Feinstein
Farmers Insurance Group, Inc.
 
2002
Bernard L. Hengesbauch
CNA Financial Corporation
 
2002
Dave Mathis*
Kemper
 
2001
Joe Stinnette
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
 
2000
Brian Dupperreault*
ACE
 
2000
Roxani Gillespie
Barger & Wolen
 
1999
Boh Dickey
SAFECO Corporation
 
1999
Quill Healey*
Marsh
 
1998
Heidi Hutter*
Swiss Re
 
1998
Tom McKernan
Automobile Club of Southern California
 
1997
Ed Noonan*
American Re
 
1997
Gerald J. Sullivan
The Sullivan Group
 
1996
Leo E. Denlea
Farmers Insurance Group
 
1996
Kathryn McIntyre*
Business Insurance
 
1995
Michael O’Halleran*
AON Re Global
 
1995
Dean R. O’Hare
The Chubb Corporation
 
1994
Philip Engel*
CNA
 
1994
John C. Etling
General Re Corporation
 
1993
Arthur W. Weiss
Liberty Agencies Inc.
 
1993
Bill Bolinder*
Zurich
 
1992
Roger W. Gilbert
 
1991
Richards D. Barger
Barger & Wolen
 
1990
David R. Carpenter
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company
 
1989
Fred G. DuPuis
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California
 
1988
William H. Van Leeuwen
National Automobile
 
1987
Stephen R. Dach
Jardine Emett & Chandler
 
1986
Walter B. Gerken
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company
 
1986
Bruce Brunner
State of California
 
1985
Gleeson L. “Tige” Payne
Ingham, Coates & Payne
 
 
1985
Meno T. Lake
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company
 
1984
Harold J. Toso
Mission Insurance Group
 
1984
Ron Stever
Stever, Klove & Company
 
1983
John M. “Jack” Hayes
Transport Indemnity Company
 
1982
Donald M. Johnson
Industrial Indemnity Company
 
1981
David I. McIntyre
Freemont Indemnity Company
 
1981
George N. Gibbs, Jr.
Stewart Smith West
 
1980
Earl Clark
Occidental Insurance
 
1979
Richard DeRosa
Mission Insurance Group
 


*Chicago Honorees

 
 

Spirit of Life® Award Dinner

Spirit of Life Gala

On September 13, 2014, the annual Spirit of Life Gala took over The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Buckhead, GA to honor an incredible philanthropist and industry leader, Steve DeCarlo. Through his tireless efforts to raise funds for City of Hope, along with that of his AmWINS team, he has had a direct hand in moving research forward, and improving treatment for the patients afflicted by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout the world.
 
 
 
2014 Spirit of Life Corporate Sponsors
 
HEROES OF HOPE
   
   
CHAMPIONS OF HOPE
   
 
     
DIAMOND CIRCLE SPONSORS    
 
     



 
 

Spirit of Life Honoree

Our Honoree

Steve DeCarlo l Chief Executive Officer
2014 Spirit of Life honoree Steve DeCarlo, a 32-year veteran of the insurance industry, has served as the CEO of AmWINS Group Inc. since 2000, and has lead the firm to grow and become one of the leading specialty wholesale insurance distributors in the United States. AmWINS has experienced continued growth and an expansion of products, services, and industry expertise across a diverse mix of property, casualty and group benefits products as a result of Steve’s guidance. The firm now has more than 3,200 employees in 17 countries and manages more than $9.5 billion in premium annually across four divisions: Brokerage, Underwriting, Group Benefits, and International. 
 
Steve was one of the founding partners at RSUI, today one of the leading specialty insurance carriers in the U.S., and in 2009 he was named Ernst & Young LLC’s Entrepreneur of the Year® in the Carolinas for the financial services category.
 
A cancer survivor himself, Steve is a passionate supporter of cancer research initiatives both nationally and locally within the Charlotte community.

 

 

 

Spirit of Life® Past Honorees

Past Honorees

The National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) has honored great philanthopists and incredible industry leaders over the years through the Spirit of Life® initiative. Those honored are extraordinary examples of an individual's ability to affect positive change. Through each honoree's tireless effots to raise funds for City of Hope, he has had a direct hand in moving research forward and improving treatment for the patients afflicted by cancer and other life-threatening ilnesses thoughtout the world.
 
2014
Steve DeCarlo
CEO, AmWINS Group, Inc.
 
 
2013
Greg Case
President & CEO, Aon
 
2012
Tony Anderson
Ernst & Young (Retired)
 
2011
Robert Woudstra
Farmers Insurance
 
2010
Kevin Kelley
Ironshore
 
2009
James Weidner
Cooperative of American Physicians
 
2008
Stephen W. Lilienthal
CNA
 
2007
Thomas F. Motamed
The Chubb Corporation
 
2006
Anthony Markel
Markel Corporation
 
2005
Jack Miller
Zenith Insurance Company
 
2004
R. Max Williamson
Scottsdale Insurance
 
2004
Thomas Tizzio*
AIG
 
2003
Brian O’Hara*
XL Capital
 
2003
Martin D. Feinstein
Farmers Insurance Group, Inc.
 
2002
Bernard L. Hengesbauch
CNA Financial Corporation
 
2002
Dave Mathis*
Kemper
 
2001
Joe Stinnette
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company
 
2000
Brian Dupperreault*
ACE
 
2000
Roxani Gillespie
Barger & Wolen
 
1999
Boh Dickey
SAFECO Corporation
 
1999
Quill Healey*
Marsh
 
1998
Heidi Hutter*
Swiss Re
 
1998
Tom McKernan
Automobile Club of Southern California
 
1997
Ed Noonan*
American Re
 
1997
Gerald J. Sullivan
The Sullivan Group
 
1996
Leo E. Denlea
Farmers Insurance Group
 
1996
Kathryn McIntyre*
Business Insurance
 
1995
Michael O’Halleran*
AON Re Global
 
1995
Dean R. O’Hare
The Chubb Corporation
 
1994
Philip Engel*
CNA
 
1994
John C. Etling
General Re Corporation
 
1993
Arthur W. Weiss
Liberty Agencies Inc.
 
1993
Bill Bolinder*
Zurich
 
1992
Roger W. Gilbert
 
1991
Richards D. Barger
Barger & Wolen
 
1990
David R. Carpenter
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company
 
1989
Fred G. DuPuis
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of California
 
1988
William H. Van Leeuwen
National Automobile
 
1987
Stephen R. Dach
Jardine Emett & Chandler
 
1986
Walter B. Gerken
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company
 
1986
Bruce Brunner
State of California
 
1985
Gleeson L. “Tige” Payne
Ingham, Coates & Payne
 
 
1985
Meno T. Lake
Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company
 
1984
Harold J. Toso
Mission Insurance Group
 
1984
Ron Stever
Stever, Klove & Company
 
1983
John M. “Jack” Hayes
Transport Indemnity Company
 
1982
Donald M. Johnson
Industrial Indemnity Company
 
1981
David I. McIntyre
Freemont Indemnity Company
 
1981
George N. Gibbs, Jr.
Stewart Smith West
 
1980
Earl Clark
Occidental Insurance
 
1979
Richard DeRosa
Mission Insurance Group
 


*Chicago Honorees

 
 
Ranked as one of  "America’s Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.
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For more information, please contact:

Ken Birkett
Director, Corporate Philanthropy
 
Ariana Castellanos
Coordinator, Corporate Philanthropy
866-905-HOPE