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History of NAIFA-Texas

The association boasts a rich history since its founding in 1925 as the Texas Association of Life Underwriters (TALU). Today, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Texas State Chapter (NAIFA-Texas) comprised of 10 local Chapter and Affiliate associations, represents the business interests of more than 1,300 members statewide.

The Mission of NAIFA-Texas is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members. NAIFA-Texas Past Presidents, Committee Chairs, and Award Recipients have been integral to guiding the direction of the association through the 20th and into the 21st Century.

NAIFA-Texas Awards Program

The NAIFA-Texas Awards program recognizes highly qualified members that have been identified and recommended by their peers for exhibiting leadership qualities, character, significant contributions to the insurance and financial industries, and meet or exceed the required qualifications for the award in which they are being recommended. 

NAIFA-Texas presents the following awards to its most outstanding members:

  • Local Leader of the Year Award
  • Young Advisor Team (YAT) Leader of the Year Award
  • Bruce Murray Tall Texan Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Any NAIFA-Texas member in good standing is eligible to nominate a notable candidate. Standards for consideration are exceptional as are our past award recipients.

2024 Award Nominations-1

The 2024 award nominations will open in Fall 2024. Awards will be presented to the selected recipients at the 2025 NAIFA-Texas Annual State Conference in Austin, Texas.


John M. Ruckel Lifetime Achievement Award Graphic-1Lifetime Achievement  Award Recipients

Bruce Murray Tall Texan Award GraphicBruce Murray Tall Texan  Award Recipients NAIFA-Texas YAT Leader of the Year GraphicYAT Leader of the Year  Award Recipients NAIFA-Texas Local Leader of the Year Award GraphicLocal Leader of the  Year Award Recipients


NAIFA National Quality Award


The NAIFA National Quality Award was created in in 1947, focusing on recognizing outstanding performance by life insurance agents. Today, the award has expanded to include multiline, financial advising, health, employee benefits, and insurance agents. This award provides advisors at any career stage the opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to excellence. This includes:

          Professionalism through education and earned designations
          Production measured by performance metrics customized for each practice specialty
          Adherence to the NAIFA code of ethics, and
          Service to your industry association

Advisors specializing in Life & Annuities, Financial Advising & Investments, Health & Employee Benefits, Multiline Sales, or any combination of these specialties have the opportunity to demonstrate the quality that is the mark of a true professional. We are proud to share the NAIFA Quality Award recipients selected from the state of Texas. To learn more about this award, please visit: https://tdc.naifa.org/nqa


2020 NAIFA Quality Award Recipients from Texas 2021 NAIFA Quality Award Recipients from Texas
2022 NAIFA Quality Award Recipients from Texas 2023 NAIFA Quality Award Recipients from Texas


NAIFA is the leading association in
the life insurance industry