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Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance

2001 Inductee H. Kirk Lewis

Kirke Lewis is an outstanding insurance professional from Memphis.  Without question, Kirke has few equals when it comes to industry accolades, achievements and awards.  His service to his industry encompasses all levels of leadership, from local to national.  Within the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (formerly the National Association of Life Underwriters-NALU), Kirke began as President of the Memphis Association, elected to that position in 1969.  Immediately after completing his presidential year, he entered the chairs of the Tennessee Association, culminating in his presidency in 1973.  In 1977, the state association selected Kirke as its Man of the Year and, in 1991, he was inducted as a charter member of the Memphis Association Hall of Fame.

In 1989, after having successfully starting the major entity that was (and is) LUTC, Kirke was a member of the task force that created the Association of Health Insurance Advisors (AHIA), a new organization and conference of NALU, specifically created to meet the needs of health insurance agents.

Kirke’s most extensive work, which spans four decades, is with the Million Dollar Round Table, in which he has been a Life and Qualifying member since 1966.  He served as the United States Chairman of Membership Relations in 1972-73, the Chair of the First Time Orientation Committee in 1975, Vice Chair of the Program General Arrangements Committee in 1976, the Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee in 1984-85, Chairman of the Finance Committee in 1991-92, was a member of the Industry Reputation Task Force from 1993 to 1995, a member of the MDRT Image Task Force from 1993-94, the Leadership Task Force from 1994-95, and a member of the MDRT Foundation Board from 1995-97.

Mr. Tommy Martin
Dr. Dave Wood,
Martin Chair of Insurance
Rebecca Darden,
Program Coordinator