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The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation Names 2019 Leadership Council Chair and Vice Chair

MALVERN, Pa.—The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation announced Rob McDade, JD, CPCU, CLU, as the 2019 Leadership Council chair and John Smith, CPCU, CRM, CIC, as vice chair. Both men assumed their roles on January 1.

McDade is vice president of Agency Operations for COUNTRY Financial, a company that serves about 1 million households and businesses throughout the United States. In this role, he oversees a team that both supports nearly 2,000 multiline agents with recruiting, training, compensation, analytics and administrative services and supports complementary channels and solutions.

McDade previously held other roles for COUNTRY, including vice president of Customer Service, vice president of Financial & Brokerage Solutions and Vice President of Trust Services. He has also been an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel for the Illinois Farm Bureau and served as director and chair of the IAA Credit Union Board of Directors.

McDade continues to serve on advisory boards for the Illinois State University College of Business and College of Arts & Sciences and served as vice chair of The Griffith Foundation Leadership Council before Smith assumed this role. As the 2019 vice chair, Smith brings important perspective gained as president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company, where he’s served for nearly 15 years.

"We are very pleased to have Rob and John serve as Leadership Council chair and vice chair, and we look forward to their contributions,” said Valerie J. Cammiso, CAE, executive director of The Griffith Foundation. “Both men bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their new roles. Their strengths will greatly benefit The Griffith Foundation, as we further our mission of advancing the understanding of risk management and insurance among public policymakers and promoting industry careers.”

The Griffith Foundation Leadership Council includes risk management and insurance industry professionals and members of academia from around the United States and is responsible for providing strategic direction and stewardship for The Griffith Foundation.  

For a complete list of Leadership Council members, visit

About The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation
The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, nonadvocactive educational organization dedicated to providing unbiased information about risk management and insurance through educational programs targeting students and public policymakers. The Griffith Foundation is affiliated with The Institutes, the leader in delivering proven knowledge solutions and educational activities related to risk management and property-casualty insurance. For more information, visit