Every year, the leaders of the National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) come together and descend upon the City of Hope campus for our annual industry campus tour and dinner. Guests hear firsthand from doctors, researchers and scientists about the lifesaving work currently taking place at City of Hope, as well as projects in the research pipeline.

Additionally, this event serves as the kickoff to the 2019 NIIC fundraising campaign as we acknowledge the industry philanthropic leader of the year — the NIIC Spirit of Life® honoree.


Thurs 8/8/19
Spirit of Life Kick-off Reception
Cocktail Hour 6PM
Dinner & Program 7PM
Langham Hotel
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave. Pasadena, CA
Friday 8/9/19
Spirit of Life Campus Tour
Tour 10AM
Lunch 12PM
City of Hope
1500 E. Duarte Rd. Duarte, CA
To RSVP for the Reception and/or Dinner, please email Babak Kapanpour at [email protected]
2019 Spirit of Life® Honoree
Alan Jay Kaufman
Chairman, President & CEO
H.W. Kaufman Group
Burns & Wilcox

Alan Jay Kaufman is Chairman, President and CEO of H.W. Kaufman Group, a diversified financial, insurance and real estate company. The company’s principal subsidiary, Burns & Wilcox, was founded half a century ago in Detroit by his father, the late Herbert W. Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman is also the founding senior partner of the Detroit and Farmington Hills law firm Kaufman, Payton & Chapa.

Today, Kaufman and Burns & Wilcox are recognized as North America’s leading privately-owned wholesale insurance enterprise, specializing in difficult to place, complex and unusual risks. Its global subsidiaries provide insurance underwriting, brokerage, premium finance, loss control and risk inspection, real estate and related services.

In recognition of his entrepreneurial leadership, Ernst & Young awarded him the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Business Services Category for Michigan and Northwest Ohio in 2011. In 2012, American Agent & Broker recognized Mr. Kaufman’s one of the top 25 Living Legends of Insurance. He received the Distinguished Alumni award from his alma mater, Michigan State University in 2013. In 2017, Insurance Business America awarded Mr. Kaufman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and recognized him in their Hot 100 list in recognition for his commitment to developing talent.

Mr. Kaufman upholds a deep respect for the value and importance of education, which is expressed by a philanthropic passion for increasing learning opportunities in business and throughout society. He founded Kaufman Institute, an educational and professional development-learning hub designed for insurance industry professionals, companies, brokers and agents. He and his wife Sue endowed a chair in insurance and risk management at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Mr. Kaufman holds a B.A. from Michigan State University in finance, insurance, and accounting and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He studied international law at the London School of Economics.
November 13th 2019
JW Marriott Essex House New York
160 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019

If you would like to learn more about City of Hope and schedule a private tour for your company, please contact Ken Birkett at [email protected].