When Stephen Dach founded the InVEST® program in 1970, his vision involved encouraging young students to pursue the vast opportunities available in the insurance industry. The InVEST program’s Dach Award, created in 1989 to honor its founder, is presented annually to an insurance industry volunteer who has made tremendous contributions in fostering the program’s growth and development.
This year, InVEST has awarded Lorrie Partridge, AAI, president of Blackadar Insurance in Longwood, Fla., with the Dach Award for her involvement in scholarship fundraising efforts and countless volunteer hours at Dr. Phillips High School, where she coordinates various activities including a highly successful mock job interview project.
“InVEST is a group effort and great mentors and volunteers, like Lorrie Partridge, are the backbone of this amazing program which is so critical for the success of the industry and financial literacy,” says Heather Minkler, chair of the National InVEST board of directors and CEO of Clark-Mortenson Agency, an independent insurance agency in Keene, N.H. “Lorrie is tirelessly dedicated to so many efforts that go hand in hand with InVEST’s mission and we are very proud to present the Dach Award to her for her countless contributions.”
Partridge has served as the InVEST chairperson for the Independent Insurance Agents of Central Florida for the past five years, during which time she has strengthened relationships with high school administration and faculty involved in the InVEST program. Working with participating high schools to schedule the classroom teaching and interviewing portions of the programs, Partridge frequently meets individually with InVEST teachers to discuss curriculum and expectations.
“The future of the independent insurance agency system and the industry as a whole depends on attracting new talent and InVEST is a major part of this development,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “We need InVEST industry professionals like Lorrie Partridge to continue stepping up to train, inspire and teach the next generation of industry leaders.”