James Deal, NAU Country (retired), was presented with a 2013 Crop Insurance Industry Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention.

James (Jim) Deal was the former owner and Chairman of the Board of NAU, Mountain States and NAU Country Insurance companies. He was also the former owner and Chairman of a national managing general agency – NAU Underwriters. Mr. Deal was appointment by former President Jimmy Carter as Administrator for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation from 1977 through 1980. Presently, he and his wife, Pam, are the owners of PSD Holding, LLC and its subsidiaries which are land development companies. Over the years he has been involved in numerous other ventures which included real estate development; business investments; farming; recreational vehicle retail sales; travel services; and, resort, restaurant and fishing facility operations.

Mr. Deal was appointed by Minnesota Attorney General, Lori Swanson, and currently serves as Treasurer of ClearWay Minnesota, a non-profit corporation that administers investment and grants tied to the 1998 tobacco settlement. Jim was also appointed by Governor Dayton to serve on two Boards: the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) Board; and the Great MSP Board. Jim also serves on the ACHIEVE Services Board. ACHIEVE Services is an organization that creates innovative opportunities that inspire people with disabilities to lead a meaningful and self-determining life. He previously served as a board member on the Anoka Ramsey Community College Foundation and on the primary fundraising arm of the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Jim was also active in fundraising for the St. Paul Archdiocese and St. Stephens Church in Anoka, Minnesota.

Jim and Pam have lived in Andover (Minnesota) for over 20 years. They have six children, 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys hunting at his Mora retreat, fishing in Alaska, gardening and golfing. Jim and Pam also enjoy spending time at their lake home in Alexandria and their winters at their home in Florida.

 

Photo Caption: (left to right) Greg Deal, NAU Country, Jim Deal, and Tom Zacharias, President, National Crop Insurance Services.