Richard A. Koob, AEP, CASL, ChFC, CLUC, was honored as the 2013 John Newton Russell Memorial Award recipient during a luncheon on Tuesday at the annual meeting and career conference of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, held in San Antonio.
In his acceptance speech, Koob said that he was “honored and humbled” by the award.
“This isn’t all about me,” Koob said, thanking his wife. “She believed in me sometimes more than I believed in myself.”
“Everything you want to achieve in life is on the other side of fear,” he added.
Koob entered the life insurance business in 1967 with Northwestern Mutual. He subsequently took a position in the home office as a recruiter in the company’s College Marketing Division and then returned to the field as a financial representative in 1993.
Koob has received the NAIFA National Quality Award for 39 years and the National Sales Achievement Award for 18 years. He is a 38-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and a member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU) and the organization’s Legislative Circle for 19 years.
His history of service to the industry includes serving as captain of the MDRT Program Development Committee three times and chairman of the local and state MDRT Membership Communications Committee. Service to NAIFA includes director of the NAIFA Wisconsin Committee on Political Action since 1988.