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Jewelers Mutual Group Recognizes Agents with Legacy Award and Hall of Fame

Rick Franchi, Andrew Burton and David Hyde recognized for their achievements.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — Jewelers Mutual Group recently recognized three independent agents for their outstanding service to policyholders as well as their dedication and contributions to the jewelry industry. The awards were presented before a virtual audience of agent and broker peers at JM Summit, Jewelers Mutual’s annual conference for its agents and brokers.

“Jewelers Mutual agents are the leading jewelers block insurance experts, and this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and Legacy Award winner are a few of our most experienced agents,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Their collective knowledge, passion and loyalty make them truly valued partners. We are proud of their success and fortunate that these professionals choose to represent Jewelers Mutual and I’m honored to recognize their years of service and outstanding achievements.”

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Legacy Award

Rick Franchi, an independent agent of Jewelers Mutual, was recently recognized for his outstanding achievements as the 2021 recipient of the company’s Legacy Award.

The Legacy Award honors individuals who have left their mark in the jewelry industry and contribute to the success of Jewelers Mutual. Not only has Rick made a positive impact on the jewelry industry with his many years of sustained service to Jewelers Mutual but he’s also earned the respect of his agent peers.

Rick has dedicated his entire career to the insurance industry, jewelry industry and many related trade and security organizations as a trusted advisor. He continues to put the needs of his customers first and leaves an overwhelmingly positive mark on all those who are fortunate enough to know him.


Hall of Fame Inductees

Andrew Burton of Mountain States Insurance Marketing (Manitou Springs, CO) and David Hyde, Hyde & Associates, Inc (Bristol, TN) have been named to Jewelers Mutual’s Agent Hall of Fame.

This induction is in recognition of their extensive experience in jewelers block insurance and their long-term collaboration with Jewelers Mutual. Members of the Agent Hall of Fame are recognized for their commitment to excellence in serving the jewelry industry and Jewelers Mutual’s commercial policyholders. They are regarded by the company as trusted advisors, demonstrating outstanding expertise in the areas of underwriting and loss prevention. Many have also served as mentors to fellow agents.

Since 1934, Jewelers Mutual has partnered with agents to serve its commercial lines policyholders. For more information on how to protect your jewelry business with a Jewelers Mutual policy or to find an agent in your area, call 800-336-5642, ext. 2118 or email [email protected].



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