Zalma Receives Claims Legend Award
Industry Icon Honored for a Lifetime of Education
Insurance consultant and recovering attorney Barry Zalma, was honored with the Claims magazine Legend Award at the recent America’s Claims Event (ACE) conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
Zalma, who practiced law for four decades is the author of numerous books, articles, blogs, white papers and education courses on a myriad of topics impacting insurance practitioners. He also serves on the editorial advisory committee for Claims magazine.
“Being recognized by my peers for contributions to the insurance industry is very gratifying, to say the least,” said Zalma in his acceptance speech.
“For 48 years I have been actively involved with the insurance community as an insurance adjuster and then as an insurance coverage and defense lawyer,” he explained. “In that time I have seen many changes, some good and some bad.”
A huge proponent of insurance education, Zalma explained what motivated him to write his books, blogs and other materials. “I have felt a need to share my experiences to help claims personnel, SIU investigators and claims counsel learn how to properly handle claims and avoid accusations that they committed the tort of bad faith.”
He explained that any success he has had in the industry was due in large part to basic insurance education and training he received with his first employer, the old Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, who made him recognize that to be an insurance professional requires continuous learning.
Zalma was made the recipient of the Legend Award because of significant contributions made to the claims sector of the insurance industry through education, professional development and perseverance. The award was presented because he has made significant contributions to the claims sector of the insurance industry through education, professional development and perseverance. He has been involved in or supported the industry for much of his or her career. Understanding the premise that improving an industry for one group or segment of the population improves it for all, this person has shared knowledge, resources and expertise for the benefit of an entire industry.
Selection criteria met by Mr. Zalma included:
• Education efforts – speaking at industry events, teaching courses, promoting the insurance profession across a wide variety of audiences;
• Written contributions – submits articles, white papers, expertise to publications and news outlets to educate professionals and the public on the industry;
• Professionalism – exhibits business and personal ethics, is an avid promoter and supporter of the industry, mentors other professionals; and
• Making it better – contributes time and talents to community and industry events, offers pro bono services.
His books are available at the Zalma Insurance Claims Library, from the American Bar Association and from Zalma Books.