NAIFA is proud to announce that John A. Davidson, LUTCF, FSS, President and CEO of Davidson Insurance & Financial Services, Inc., in Moorpark, CA, is the 2023 recipient of NAIFA’s Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award.
Davidson, a loyal member since 1982, was NAIFA’s National President in 2006-2007. He had previously served on NAIFA’s National Board of Trustees beginning in 2001 and as NAIFA-California’s President in 1999-2000. He was also President of NAIFA-San Fernando Valley from 1988-1989. In 2010 he was a candidate for U.S. Congress in California’s 23rd Congressional District and finished second in the Primary.
He is a founding member of the NAIFA Congressional Council and regularly participates in NAIFA advocacy events, including the annual Congressional Conference, August In-District meetings, and California State Legislative Days. Current members of Congress Davidson has recently met with include Tom McClintock (CA-4), Mike Garcia (CA-27), Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Zach Nunn (IA-3), Ralph Norman (SC-5), Kevin Hern (OK-1), Julia Brownley (CA-26), and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). He is a Platinum-level contributor to NAIFA’s political action committee, IFAPAC. He has completed NAIFA’s grassroots training course and holds the Financial Security Advocate badge.
“John Davidson sets a great example for all NAIFA members with his passion for political advocacy and support for IFAPAC,” said NAIFA President Bryon Holz, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF, CASL, LACP. “He speaks on behalf of the entire community of financial professionals, families, business owners, and other consumers, amplifying NAIFA’s message on Capitol Hill in Washington and in Sacramento. He offers an influential voice and is respected by numerous Members of Congress and California Legislators. I am very pleased to congratulate John as the 2023 recipient of the Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award.”
Davidson will receive the award at NAIFA’s National Leadership Conference and Belong Awards celebration in Washington, D.C., on December 4. The next day, attendees of the event will meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to discuss the important work of insurance and financial advisors and the impact of legislation and regulations on their ability to serve Main Street consumers.
The Terry Headley Lifetime Defender Award recognizes a current NAIFA member who shows exemplary service to their profession, colleagues, and clients through their political advocacy and contributions to IFAPAC. NAIFA is the leading advocacy association for producers in the insurance and financial services industry, working for positive legislative and regulatory outcomes at the federal, interstate, and state levels. NAIFAPAC is a leading insurance political action committee with associated PACs in every state supporting selected candidates for legislative office. Participation in advocacy initiatives is one of the ways that association members are “good NAIFA citizens.”
Former NAIFA President Terry Headley, LUTCF, LIC, FSS, had a long, distinguished record of service to NAIFA. He was recognized as a key NAIFA contact for multiple members of the Nebraska Congressional delegation and state legislators over the years. Headley served in leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. He was also an IFAPAC Capitol Defender and Co-Commander-in-Chief.