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Reginald Rabjohns Receives the 2018 John Newton Russell Memorial Award


The life insurance industry’s highest honor will be presented at the NAIFA’s Performance + Purpose Conference in September as a tribute to his more than 45 years of service and contributions to the industry. 


The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is proud to announce Reginald N. Rabjohns, CLU, ChFC, chairman and CEO of Secure Futures in Northfield, Illinois, is the recipient of the 77th annual John Newton Russell Memorial Award. The award is the highest honor accorded by the insurance industry to a living individual who has rendered outstanding services to the institution of life insurance. 


Rabjohns will receive the award Sept. 15, 2018, at NAIFA’s Performance + Purpose conference in San Antonio. 


It is my pleasure on behalf of the selection committee to honor Reggie Rabjohns with this year’s John Newton Russell Memorial Award,” said Juli Y. McNeely, LUTCF, CFP, CLU, LACP, chair of the 2018 award committee. “Reggie has achieved a level of success in his career for himself and his clients that all insurance and financial advisors aspire to achieve. In addition, he has selflessly given back to our industry by serving in leadership roles with MDRT, NAIFA, GAMA, the Society, and The American College Foundation. We had many worthy nominees for the award this year, but Reggie’s credentials stood out and made a strong impression on the committee members. 


Rabjohns began his insurance industry career at age 20 while he was attending Northern Illinois University and qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) during his first full production year. He became the youngest MDRT Life Member at age 27. Mr. Rabjohns was a general agent for two of the oldest and most respected major Life Insurance companies in the country - State Mutual and New England Life - for nearly 40 years.  


After serving as a trustee of MDRT, Rabjohns was elected president of the association in 1999. Rabjohns’ service and commitment to the industry extends to many other organizations as well. At NAIFA, where he has been a member for almost 50 years, he has served on many committees and as trustee and president of NAIFA-Chicago. He has also served as president of the Chicago chapter of GAMA and the Chicago Society of Financial Services Professionals.  


Rabjohns also served GAMA on the national level, devoting time and talent as both a GAMA trustee and chair of the GAMA Foundation. Rabjohns was also appointed to the LIFE Foundation board where he served as trustee following his tenure on the MDRT Executive Committee and as chairman of The American College Foundation. 


A highly regarded speaker, Rabjohns has addressed financial professionals, institutions, regulators, and associations in 42 states and 25 countries.  


In 2008, he received the Huebner Gold Medal from The American College, the institution’s highest honor. He has also received the Distinguished Service Award from NAIFA-Chicago and the Huebner Scholar Award from the Chicago Chapter of CLU and ChFC. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for both The American College and the State Mutual/All America. 


My sincere congratulations go to Reggie Rabjohns for receiving this year’s award,” said NAIFA President Keith Gillies, CFP, CLU, ChFC. “With nearly half a century of dedicated service in the insurance industry, and having given countless hours of his time volunteering in leadership roles supporting his peers, Reggie epitomizes the type of insurance professional the John Newtown Russell Memorial Award is intended to honor.” 


John Henry Russell created the John Newton Russell Memorial Award in 1942 as a tribute to his father, an influential leader in the life insurance industry and an early advocate of agent education. John Newton Russell served as NAIFA (then NALU) president from 1916 to 1917 and was a contributing founder of LIMRA International, The American College and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation. 

  • Posted September 15, 2018 IN

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