Business Achievement Award Recipients - 2009

Admiral Thad W. Allen
Commandant, United States Coast Guard
Nominated by: United States Coast Guard Academy

In 2006, Admiral Thad W. Allen became the 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, leading America’s oldest, continuous seagoing service and largest division of the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard is a federal law enforcement agency and a branch of the armed forces. Its major duties and responsibilities include protecting ports and maritime infrastructure, saving lives and property at sea, securing U.S. borders, defending the nation, responding to natural disasters, and conducting humanitarian operations.

Admiral Allen joined the Coast Guard in 1971 and has demonstrated leadership in times of crisis throughout his career. Following the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, he was the primary federal official leading the search-and-rescue and relief efforts. His effective leadership led to the rescue of 33,500 victims of the storms. He also led the Coast Guard as Commander of the Atlantic Area and U.S. Maritime Defense Zone in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In his previous assignments, Admiral Allen has conducted and organized missions that support the security, safety and environment of the nation. He directed all operations in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean as a Flag Officer in command of the Seventh Coast Guard District and served aboard three Coast Guard cutters, the Androscoggin and Gallatin and commanded the Citrus. He was also the Commanding Officer of Group Long Island Sound and Captain of the Port, and commanded Group Atlantic City and Long-Range Aids to Navigation (LORAN) Station Lampang, Thailand.

Throughout his 38 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Allen has been recognized for his service and dedication. He was the first recipient of the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal and has been awarded three Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals and the Legion of Merit.

Admiral Allen received a Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University, and a Master of Science degree from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the National Graduate School. Admiral Allen is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Raymond G. Chambers
Founder, Amelior Foundation
Nominated by: Seton Hall University

Philanthropist and humanitarian Raymond G. Chambers is the founder of the Amelior Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides education, job skills and employment opportunities for at-risk youth. Chambers founded the organization in his hometown of Newark, N.J. in 1983 in an effort to improve the social and economic situation in the community.

Chambers’ desire to help young people started in the early 1980’s while he was working at Wesray Capital Corporation, a well-respected private equities firm he founded with former U.S. Secretary of Treasury William E. Simon. During the height of the company’s success, Chambers felt something was missing and became involved with the Newark Boys & Girls Club.

His enthusiasm, business savvy and capital helped expand the organization’s services, which included the creation of scholarship programs in high schools and colleges. Finding personal fulfillment and satisfaction from this work, Chambers closed Wesray in 1989 to dedicate himself full-time to philanthropy.

As an advocate for education, Chambers has developed and funded many programs through the Amelior Foundation such as READY (Rigorous Education Assistance for Deserving Youth), which provides mentoring, tutoring and tuition assistance to low-income children and their families.

In addition to his commitment to the Amelior Foundation, Chambers has founded and contributed to numerous national charitable and service-oriented organizations and programs. He is the founding Chairman of Points of Light Foundation, an initiative that encourages volunteering, and co-founder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise–The Alliance for Youth. Chambers is also the founder of the National Mentoring Partnership and founder and Co-Chairman of Malaria No More. He has served as the Chairman of The Millennium Promise Alliance. 

Chambers’ humanitarianism has not gone unnoticed. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Lenore and George W. Romney Citizen Volunteer Award from Points of Light Foundation & the National Network of Volunteer Centers and named one of 50 most influential and powerful nonprofit leaders in the U.S. by The NonProfit Times in 1999. He was also honored in 1990 with a national award from the United Way for his youth work.

Chambers holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University.

Brian Duperreault
President & CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Nominated by: Saint Joseph’s University

Insurance veteran Brian Duperreault has earned recognition for being a reformer for the work he has done in his nearly 40 years in the financial services industry. He has held various senior executive positions at leading companies and in 2008 he assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at the world’s largest brokerage firm, Marsh & McLennan Company, Inc. (MMC).

Duperreault began his career in 1973 at American Insurance Group, AIG, where he was employed for 25 years. He diligently made his way through the ranks to eventually become Executive Vice President of AIG Foreign General Insurance and Chairman and Chief Executive of AIG’s American International Underwriters (AIU).

The experience he gained at AIG prepared him for his next post at the Bermuda-based insurer Ace Limited, where he served as CEO and Chairman of the Board from 1994 to 2004. Under Duperreault’s leadership he was able to grow and transform Ace from a boutique, specialty insurer into a global enterprise by presiding over many company acquisitions, including the significant 1999 purchase of Cigna Corp.’s property and casualty insurance division.

Throughout his career, Duperreault has been affiliated with numerous organizations and causes. Currently, he is the director of Tyco International Ltd and a member of The American Academy of Actuaries. He is also Chairman of the Centre on Philanthropy and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of AICPCU/IIA (American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters/Insurance Institute of America).

Duperreault was born in Bermuda but received his education in the United States. He obtained a B.S in mathematics from Saint Joseph’s University in 1973 and has continued to serve his alma mater over the years.

Duperreault has served as a member of Saint Joseph’s Board of Trustees and donated $10 million dollars to help fund the acquisition of the school’s Maguire Campus in 2006. In 2002, Duppereault was the recipient of the Haub School of Business’s Hall of Fame Award – an honor that acknowledges execellence in business leadership.

Joe Max Green
Chairman, Joe Max Green / Insurance Concepts
Nominated by: Stephen F. Austin State University

With a mission to create a customer oriented, community-centered company, Joe Max Green founded Joe Max Green Insurance Agency in Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1962. Today, nearly 50 years later, and now Joe Max Green/Insurance Concepts, the company has grown to be one of the largest insurance agencies in the nation.

Green has been instrumental in taking the agency, which offers commercial, group, personal, surety, life and health insurance products, from a regional company to a national operation. In 1995, Joe Max Green Insurance Agency merged with a growing southeast Texas company, Insurance Concepts, making the company one of the largest insurance companies in East Texas. And only two years later, Joe Max Green/Insurance Concepts acquired Ben Franklin Insurance Agency (BFIA) in Chicago, Ill.

As a company that has proven its ability to sustain growth and achieve national prominence, in 2008, Joe Max Green/Insurance Concepts became affiliated with a network of leading regional agencies by joining Bancorp South Insurance Services, Inc., one of the top agency/brokerage firms in America.
Prior to his business career, Green attended Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1960. However, his involvement with the school did not end at commencement. In 2008, Green was appointed to the SFA Board of Regents by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and has served on the board of the SFA University Foundation. Green has also been inducted into the SFA University Hall of Honor and received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Over the years and throughout the success of his founding company, Green has also remained engaged and active in his profession and the Nacogdoches community. He is currently the regional vice president of the Texas Association of Insurance Agents, and a member of the National Council of Insurance Agents. He is also a member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Committee and former President of the Nacogdoches Booster Club and the Nacogdoches Jaycees.

Green has been honored for the work he has done in the community. He has received the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award and named Citizen of the Year by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.


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