History of Colorado and Pikes Peak CPCU Society Chapters
When Harry S. Truman was President, our nation was concerned with inflation, communism and the Korean War. The year was 1950. At the time, ten professionals with the CPCU designation agreed to found a new chapter to serve the Rocky Mountain region. To reach this goal, it was necessary to sign a formal petition and submit it to the CPCU Society for review and approval. On October 1, 1950, a charter was granted to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the CPCU Society.
On December 6, 1950. The Rocky Mountain Chapter sponsored its first All-Industry Dinner and Regional Conferment of Designations at the Albany Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The presiding officer was the Chapter's first president, L. Allen Beck, CPCU. Dr. Harry J Loman, Dean of the American Institute, was the Conferment Officer. Four new designees received the CPCU Designation. The guest speaker's topic seemed appropriate for the occasion: "New Times and New Opportunities."
Separating For Independence
When the Rocky Mountain Chapter was established in 1950, it included five states: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. As the CPCU membership increased, three of the states petitioned the CPCU Society for independent status: Utah in 1959, New Mexico in 1972, and Montana in 1974. Since three of the original states were now independent, the decision was made in 1974 to change the Chapter's name from Rocky Mountain to Colorado. Wyoming would retain its association with the Colorado Chapter. To serve the growing membership in Southeastern Colorado, the Pikes Peak Chapter of the CPCU Society was established in 1992.
Providing Leadership At the National Level
In 1962, William R. Kersten, CPCU, of the Rocky Mountain Chapter served as President of the CPCU Society. In 1982, Robert D. Bischoff, CPCU of the Colorado Chapter served as President of the CPCU Society. Cindy Baroway, CPCU, M.Ed., AIC, Past President of the Colorado Chpater is currently serving as 2014 President of the CPCU Society.
Outstanding Leadership and Service Recognized
In the March 1994 edition of the CPCU News, the CPCU Society announced the selection of Norman A. Coleman, CPCU, of the Pikes Peak Chapter as the Standard Setter. In the March/April 1996 edition of the CPCU News, the CPCU Society announced the selection of Robert D. Bischoff, CPCU, of the Colorado Chapter as the Standard Setter.
Standing Tall With The Best
In 1963, The Rocky Mountain Chapter was selected as the Host Chapter for the Annual Meeting and Seminars sponsored by the CPCU Society at the Denver-Hilton Hotel. In 2009, the Colorado and Pikes Peak Chapters were selected as the Host Chapters for the Annual Meeting and Seminars sponsored by the CPCU Society at the Convention Center in Denver.
The Colorado and Pikes Peak Chapters of the CPCU Society are dedicated to promoting professionalism and improving the image of the insurance industry.
The historical reference book, "Remembering the Past - Anticipating The Future", covers the operation of the Colorado and Pikes Peak Chapters of the CPCU Society from 1950 to 2000. William M. Dye, CPCU. The Colorado Chapter created the Bill Dye scholarship in honor of William M. Dye, CPCU.