Alumnus Honored With John Newton Russell Memorial Award

The American College of Financial Services
September 11, 2018

Reginald N. Rabjohns, CLU®, ChFC®, alumnus, benefactor, and friend of The American College of Financial Services, is the 77th annual recipient of the John Newton Russell Memorial Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

This award is among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a financial advisor or insurance agent, and recognizes a lifetime of professional excellence, service, and commitment to ethical conduct.

The John Newton Russell Memorial Award was first conferred by NAIFA in 1947 at an annual conference.

Rabjohns joins Solomon S. Huebner, O. Alfred Granum, and other distinguished influencers, and alumni of The American College of Financial Services who have won the award in years past.

At the age of 20, Rabjohns began his career while still attending Northern Illinois University. At  27, Rabjohns became the youngest Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and has maintained his membership ever since. In 1999, he was named President of the MDRT.

Rabjohns is currently a Foundation Board member and former Trustee of The American College of Financial Services. In 2008, he received the prestigious Solomon Huebner Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by The American College of Financial Services. In 2014, Rabjohns was inducted into The College’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

From 2011 to 2014, Rabjohns served as Chair for The College's “One Person Campaign” which raised $50 million to fund the six Centers of Excellence, the erstwhile PhD program in financial and retirement planning, and the veterans scholarship initiative. 

Rabjohns was a trustee of the GAMA Foundation, and served as a Trustee of the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE), the Life Underwriters Training Council (LUTC), and as a Director of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Rabjohns has been actively involved in a number of Chicago-area organizations including Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Northfield, and the Union League Club of Chicago.

InsuranceNewsNet Magazine called Rabjohns an “enormously successful insurance agent and leader” with a sales and management style that makes him highly sought after as a speaker at industry events across the country and the globe. He has addressed financial services professionals, regulators, institutions and associations across 25 countries and 42 states.

For 51 years, Rabjohns had a distinguished career in financial services, and now at age 71, he has plans to “scale down,” according to InsuranceNewsNet. However, for the time being, he remains the Chairman and CEO of Secure Futures, an independent insurance brokerage outside Chicago.

The John Newton Russell Memorial Award was created by John Henry Russell as a tribute to his father, an influential leader in the life insurance industry and an early advocate of agent education. John Newton Russell served as NAIFA president from 1916 to 1917 and was a contributing founder of LIMRA International, The American College, and the Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designation.