DUARTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Insurance Industry Council has selected Michael “Mike” Crowley, vice chairman (retired) of Markel Corporation, as the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Life® Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the council’s 40th anniversary Spirit of Life Gala in Atlanta, which benefits City of Hope.
“City of Hope’s lifesaving mission impacts the lives of so many cancer and diabetes patients,” Crowley said. “I am humbled to be this year’s Spirit of Life honoree and to support such an amazing institution.”
Each year, the National Insurance Industry Council presents the Spirit of Life Award to an individual who exemplifies the ideals and values that have guided City of Hope for over a century, and whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments are worthy of celebration. Recipients of this prestigious award include a broad range of leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment, science and philanthropy. What connects them is a shared commitment to elevating the human condition and a profound belief in the power of each individual to effect change.
“City of Hope continues to do fabulous work in the field of cancer research and treatment and, as a result, has long been high on Markel Corporation’s list of charitable interests,” said Anthony F. Markel, vice chairman of Markel Corporation. “We are extremely honored that the National Insurance Industry Council has chosen Mike as the recipient of the 2018 National Insurance Industry Council’s Spirit of Life Award. Mike has been a prominent leader in our industry for over four decades and has been instrumental in our success since joining us in 2009. This recognition is well deserved, and given Mike’s service to the industry and his community, I’m sure the event will be a huge success.”
The insurance industry Spirit of Life dinner will be held at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, kicking off the annual industry conference weekend. Tickets for the dinner are available through City of Hope. Those interested in receiving more information about sponsorship opportunities can contact Ari Castellanos at 626-315-0867 at City of Hope.
About Michael “Mike” Crowley
F. Michael “Mike” Crowley is an executive consultant to Markel Corporation. He retired from Markel at the end of 2017. During 2018, Crowley will transition his duties, responsibilities and relationships with key producers and clients to designated employees of Markel. He will continue to consult with Markel through the end of 2021. Crowley joined Markel in February 2009 as president of Markel Specialty. He was promoted to president and co-chief operating officer of Markel Corporation in 2010, then to vice chairman in 2016. Crowley has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Markel, he served as president of Willis/HRH North America, and as president and chief operating officer of Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs, which was acquired by Willis in 2008. Crowley began his insurance career in 1974 with Johnson & Higgins and served in several leadership positions, including senior vice president of Virginia Operations and on several national practice committees. In 1991, he joined Palmer and Cay, a large privately owned insurance broker based in Savannah, Georgia, where he served as president and chief operating officer, prior to being named vice chairman. Crowley earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wake Forest University. He serves on Wake Forest’s Board of Visitors, as well as the Board of Overseers for St. John’s University School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science.
About National Insurance Industry Council
A group of key industry executives, motivated by a commitment to innovative medical research, quality patient care and City of Hope’s guiding humanitarian principals, founded City of Hope’s National Insurance Industry Council (NIIC) in 1978. They joined the now more than twenty industry groups at City of Hope that loyally support City of Hope’s quest for cures. Having raised some $32 million over their 40 year history, the dedicated volunteers of the NIIC are committed to saving the lives of cancer and diabetes patients while also bringing hope to loved ones and caregivers. As an industry dedicated to protecting the assets and lives of others, the insurance industry formed a natural and inspiring partnership with City of Hope.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with 29 locations as part of the City of Hope clinical network in Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.