Roger Wittum is a recipient of the 2022 Industry Leadership Standing Committee Award for consistently serving the industry and providing outstanding leadership to National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) and the crop insurance industry. The award was presented during the 2022 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention last week in Indian Wells, California.
Wittum has been a leader within the crop insurance industry for more than 20 years, 15 of those with his current employer. As a field claims manager for NAU Country, he was instrumental in the development of many new adjusters in the industry, and many of them have become the next generation of industry leaders.
In the field claims manager role, Wittum was very active in NCIS regional/state committee activities. Serving as a plot leader, he organized training programs regardless of the logo on the cap. As his career developed, and with his even demeanor and steady hand, opportunities lead to a national level position. This strategic role, which is focused on the Crop-Hail program, lead him to serve as a member of the NCIS Crop-Hail Policy, Procedure, and Loss Adjustment Committee for the last 10 years.
The Crop-Hail program has evolved and grown immensely in the last 10 years. During this time, Wittum was a trusted voice of sensibility when products were changing, and procedures were being penned in the industry for loss adjustment. He achieved all of this, while being true to the American farmer and rancher, as well as to the industry, and to our reinsurance partners. Most recently, a great deal of attention has been placed upon wind products offered industry wide. The procedures that are placed in the claims professional’s hands are paramount, and Wittum played a significant role in that development while serving on the Committee. Lastly, he has always been a strong advocate for NCIS sponsored research programs conducted through the land grant university research system.
Wittum is a great mentor. He leads with a calm and quiet confidence that is highly respected.
PHOTO: Roger Wittum was presented with the 2022 Crop Insurance Industry Leadership award by Kendall Jones (left) Chair of the National Crop Insurance Services Board of Directors, and Tom Zacharias (left), President of National Crop Insurance Services.