Assurant Employee Benefits is opening its Shining Star of Perseverance award program to insurance producers.

Assurant Employee Benefits, Kansas City, Mo., gives the award to recognize individuals or groups of individuals who have persevered despite suffering a disabling illness or injury.

Nominees should be working-age adults who are able to travel, willing to speak before a large audience and willing to participate in media interviews.

Nominations for the 2010 awards are due Oct. 9.

More information about the award program is available here.