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STEVE RUSSELL’S INDUCTION INTO THE ARKANSAS INSURANCE HALL OF FAME
insurance industry professionals who exemplify innovation, social responsibility, leadership, and professional excellence.” They seek out those who have had a lasting impact on the insurance field and Arkansas as a whole. Since even before Steve founded First Arkansas Insurance in 1987, he was a staple in the Arkansas insurance community, working in the industry for 41 years before recently stepping back to focus all of his attention on his individual clients here at Risk Services. “Steve possessed a unique ability to not only lead and manage one of Arkansas’ most successful independent commercial insurance agencies,” wrote former Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance Jay Bradford in the nominating document, “but while doing so being the leading producer consistently!” Steve is known for his philanthropic spirit as well, serving in Rotary International and supporting numerous nonprofit charities throughout the years, from CareLink and Alzheimer’s Arkansas to the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas, to name just a few. “He’s a true man of character,” added INSURICA CEO Mike Ross in the nomination document. He “always showed that he put others first, ahead of himself. Numerous times over the
Before Risk Services of Arkansas INSURICA was what it is today, it was called First Arkansas Insurance of Little Rock. I took the reins from its founder, Steve Russell, in January of 2016. Soon after, as I’ve said in the newsletter before, Steve became an important mentor to me. He guided me through the transition process and equipped me with the tools to ensure Risk Services would continue to be the business I’d envisioned, serving our clients, the community, and our team with sincere dedication and exemplary services. This month, I’m proud to be able to say that Steve is being inducted into the Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame, a prestigious honor in our industry that he unquestionably deserves. Besides being a great guy and a true insurance professional, Steve embodies an ideal of humility that is so important — and rare — within the business world today. He’s an incredibly successful man, both personally and professionally, but I’ve never seen him show even a hint of arrogance or pretentiousness. Rather, he consistently looks for the best ways to respectfully serve his clients and community at every turn. The Arkansas Insurance Hall of Fame, as they put it, “seeks to identify and honor distinguished
I’ve never met anyone as enmeshed in both their industry and their
community as Steve has been throughout his many years in business in Little Rock.
years, I received unsolicited compliments from top insurance carrier executives about Steve, his character, and his way of doing business.” I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside Steve, a true model citizen within Arkansas and the insurance field at large, for the past couple of years. I’ve never met anyone as enmeshed in both their industry and their community as Steve has been throughout his many years in business in Little Rock. I only hope that I can continue his legacy in Little Rock and uphold the standard of excellence he’s set for such a long time.
– Brad Johnson
President, Risk Services of AR Specialized Insurance Programs For Specialized Industries. • www.insurica.com • 1
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