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2016 Insurance Awards

Insurance Awards

The insurance program is an integral part of Father McGivney’s vision for the Knights of Columbus, and its continued success is due to the outstanding performance of our general agents and field agents.

These men provide access to top-rated life insurance products as devoted and concerned brothers, professionally trained to serve Knights and their families. They are second-to-none in their willingness to help a fellow member learn how the Knights of Columbus can help protect him and his family.

Annually, the board of directors recognizes the two leading general agents and field agents for their sales and service during the preceding calendar year.

The two leading general agents of 2015 were Kevin Pierce of Oklahoma and Ben Baca of California and Hawaii. Kevin finished the year at 257 percent of quota, with a volume per member of $15,684.39. His agency’s total gross volume was $123,891,000. Ben achieved 199 percent of quota, with a volume per member of $10,027.77. His total gross volume was $198,259,000.

The general agents who, with Kevin and Ben, were our top managers in 2015 were:

Top General Agents
General Agent/Jurisdiction Percent of Quota Volume/Member Gross Volume

Gutierrez, Carlos (California)

198.69 $7,969.71 $82,614,000

Bouchard, Marc (Alberta)

190.10 $16,465.50 $295,391,000

Urrutia, Sergio (Florida)

165.14 $5,935.35 $76,572,000

Bouvier, Neil (Ontario)

158.37 $6,954.63 $58,252,000

Spinelli, George (Kansas)

157.55 $10,094.51 $111,615,000

Pfeifer, Kevin (Nebraska)

157.21 $10,798.10 $183,395,000

Choate, Kevin (Virginia)

155.94 $8,873.75 $102,616,000

Lewans, Mark (Saskatchewan)

155.59 $10,715.75 $111,851,000


Our leading field agents in 2015 were Chad McAuliff of the Pierce Agency in Oklahoma and John Ruffo of the Cabral Agency in Nevada.

Chad attained 713 percent of quota, with a volume per member of $29,713.96 and a total gross volume of $26,178,000. John reached 552 percent of quota, with a volume per member of $34,892.90 and a total gross volume of $26,065,000.

Rounding out the 2015 list of top 10 producers were:

Top Producers - Field Agents
Field Agent/Jurisdiction Percent of Quota Volume/Member Gross Volume

Abbate, Robert (Choate Agency - Virginia)

543.53 $32,715.44 $56,794,000

Sandoval, Ronald (Baca Agency - California)

450.86 $16,103.70 $15,218,000

Gimpel, Daniel (Sangemino Agency - Ontario)

424.07 $11,621.38 $11,633,000

Cesta, John (Urrutia Agency - Florida)

393.04 $9,553.17 $7,996,000

Lawandus, Brian (Gitto Agency - Florida)

379.33 $14,985.49 $13,427,000

Pfeifer, Neil (Pfeifer Agency - Nebraska)

364.95 $22,695.78 $23,127,000

Wilson, Michael (Baca Agency - California)

356.11 $19,041.19 $16,942,000

White, James (Urrutia Agency - Florida)

353.48 $14,410.20 $13,560,000


Achievement Award

The Achievement Award is presented to all managers and agents who meet or exceed 100 percent of their assigned quota for the calendar year. In 2015, 36 general agents and 312 field agents earned this honor.

Agency Incentive Award

Top-producing general agents and field agents earn a trip for themselves and for their wives as an incentive award at the end of each year. The 2015 trip was to Hawaii. Taking the trip were 38 general agents and 149 field agents.

Supreme Knight's Sales Club

In 2015, the top 23 general agents and top 68 field agents were recognized as members of the Supreme Knight’s Sales Club. Four general agents have qualified for this recognition for more than 20 consecutive years.

$100 Billion Recognition Award

This year, we honor a family and their field agent for their dedication as brother Knights and for their role in helping the Knights of Columbus reach $100 billion of insurance in force.

Donovan Selensky of Bismark, North Dakota, a member of Rugby Council 4136, purchased a life insurance policy for his one-year-old son, Dyson. That policy would be the one to help the Knights of Columbus achieve this significant milestone.

The policy purchased by the Selenskys was sold by Wayne Cherney, a 28-year field agent and member of Devils Lake Council 1779.

The Order would like to recognize Donovan Selensky; his wife, Tera; their children, Aliya, Alexis, Dylan and Dyson; along with Field Agent Wayne Cherney and his wife, Susan.