Wayne Chopus, Colleen Tycz, Franklin Templeton, and Shani Armon.
Awards and Recognition

Insured Retirement Industry Awards

The Insured Retirement Institute's awards program acknowledges leaders who make valuable contributions to the insured retirement industry and champions retirement security for all Americans.

Below are the categories for the awards program.

2024 Award Recipients

Shani Armon-awards

Shani Armon
Chief Membership & Marketing Officer
Insured Retirement Institute

Chairman Award





Colleen Tycz
Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Accounts &
Insurance Distribution
Franklin Templeton

Leadership Award




Caruso, Joe-award

Joe Caruso
Assistant Vice President, Government Relations &
Public Policy

Rising Star Award




Insured Retirement Industry Awards

Champion of Retirement Security

This award was established 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.

Industry Champion of Retirement Security

As the association's highest honor, this award acknowledges 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.

Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is a recognition of leaders who exercised great leadership and vision and dedicated their work to the advancement of the insured retirement income industry.


The Leadership Award recognizes an industry leader who has shown exemplary performance in one of IRI’s strategic pillars in advocacy, operations and technology, diversity, equity, and inclusion, member engagement, and other critical areas.

Rising Star

New in 2024. This award recognizes an emerging leader who shows exemplary service to their profession, colleagues, and the insured retirement industry.