IRI Champion of Retirement Security Award

IRI's Champion of Retirement Security Award was established in 2013 to recognize policymakers' work to enhance retirement security in the United States. The award is bestowed upon policymakers who support and advance IRI-supported policies to improve retirement security for America's workers and retirees.

IRI broadened this program in 2019 to acknowledge currently serving insured retirement industry leaders who make valuable contributions toward expanding retirement security; influence, develop, and improve the industry's ability to serve clients, employees, and communities; and uphold rigorous professional and ethical standards.

IRI 2022 Industry Champion of Retirement Security


Congratulations to Paula Nelson, Managing Director & Head of Strategic Growth with Global Atlantic Financial Group, for receiving the 2022 Industry Champion of Retirement Security Award.

Nelson, Paula

Previous Award Recipients - Industry

2022 - Paula Nelson, Global Atlantic Financial Group
2019 - Will Fuller, Lincoln Financial Group

Previous Award Recipients - Federal Policymaker

2021 - Sen. Ben Cardin

2021 - Sen. Rob Portman

2020 - Chairman Richard Neal

2020 - Rep. Mike Kelly

2019 - Sen. Chuck Grassley

2019 - Sen. Ron Wyden

2018 - Rep. Tim Walberg

2018 - Rep. Ron Kind

2017 - Sen. Orrin Hatch

2017 - Sen. Jon Tester

2016 - Rep. Phil Roe

2016 - Rep. John Larson

2016 - Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Treasury

2015 - Sen. Johnny Isakson

2015 - Sen. Christopher Murphy

2014 - Rep. Rush Holt **

2014 - Rep. Richard Neal

2014 - Rep. Patrick Tiberi

2013 - Sen. Ben Cardin

2013 - Sen. Rob Portman

** Legacy recipient of the IRI Champion of Retirement Security Award.

Previous Award Recipients - State Regulators

2020 - Commissioner Doug Ommen
Iowa Insurance Division

2018 - Commissioner Ted Nickel
Wisconsin Department of Insurance

2016 - John Huff
Missouri Insurance Director

2015 - Former First Deputy Commissioner Jim Mumford
Iowa Insurance Division

2014 - Commissioner Mike Rothman
Minnesota Department of Commerce