Lifetime Achievement Awards usually come at the end of a career. That was my first thought when I was surprised by the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters granting me such an honor at their annual convention this week. My second thought was that a lot of people die not long after they get one of these things.

For example, Henry Fonda received lifetime achievement awards from the Kennedy Center, Golden Globes, and The Academy of Motion Pictures in 1979, 1980, and 1981 respectively. He bought the farm in 1982.

I was humbled and appreciated being noted for my work. However, during my acceptance speech I asked if they would not mind considering me for a second award 30 to 40 years from now.

Thought For The Day

It’s paradoxical, that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone. 
         —Andy Rooney

  • Mark Phillips

    CUDOS good man, well done and long deserved. Long life and influence will abound.


  • Lawrence Meyerhofer

    An award not only much earned but rightfully given.
    Congratulations Chip, Its an honor and a pleasure to be on the same side with such an individual who believes and does what you do in the way you do it.

  • Evan Wolfe

    Congratulations Chip!

    Your dedication to FAPIA is an inspiration to all attorneys that assist Florida’s Public Adjusting Industry. As busy as you are, you are never to busy to help us help those who are fighting the fight in the trenches every day.


  • Gary

    Well deserved, Sir! Carry on. Looking forward to your next award in 2050. (And I’m certain there will be other awards in the intervening years!)

  • Mike Rump

    The FAPIA lifetime achievement award is well deserved. Keep up the good fight Chip and thank you for everything you do for our industry.

  • shirley heflin

    CONGRATULATIONS CHIP!! You deserve this honor as is evidenced by your never ending fight against insurance companies. Your dedication to helping policyholders obtain benefits rightfully due them from their carrier is admirable!

    Shirley Heflin
    Tampa, FL

  • Chip,
    Your dedication to professionalism, excellence, and fair claim settlement practices sets you apart in the industry. Besides that, you devote yourself to training and education of public insurance adjusters, not all of whom utilize your services, but all of whom benefit from what you do. Policyholders in every state are better off as a result. You are an inspiration and we salute you!
    Don Wood,
    Suncoast Claims Inc
    Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

  • Congratulations! This is an award that’s certainly well deserved! Thank you so much for helping to give PAs the tools we need to carry a bigger stick when going up against the insurance companies. I’ve learned so much from you over the years and am forever in your debt.


    Tavisha Grant
    Property Claim Adjusters
    Phoenix, AZ