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.
Chairman, President & CEO
H.W. Kaufman Group
Burns & Wilcox
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.
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].