Arkansas' Mel Anderson and Florida's Susanne Murphy received the Robert Dineen Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the State Regulation of Insurance. The NAIC established the award in 1989 in honor of Dineen, the founder of the NAIC's Support and Services Office. Anderson is deputy commissioner of financial regulation for the Arkansas Insurance Department. Murphy is deputy commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
"These two regulators represent what's greatest about what we do to safeguard consumers and promote a strong insurance regulatory environment," said Julie Mix McPeak, NAIC President and Tennessee Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance. "Anderson and Murphy have worked diligently to advance the mission of the NAIC and we're grateful to them for their service."
Anderson has provided leadership on several NAIC committees and working groups, most notably serving as chair of the International Solvency and Accounting Standards Working Group, which promoted dialogue between state insurance regulators and their international counterparts. He has offered leadership in two state insurance departments. Before joining the Arkansas Insurance Department, he served as deputy commissioner, chief examiner and assistant chief examiner for the Indiana Department of Insurance.
Murphy has advocated for the expansion of the private flood insurance market in Florida. She has also provided guidance to national partners, allowing other states to more efficiently implement private flood insurance initiatives. Her 30-year career includes time as South Carolina's first female insurance director in 1995 and as Florida's special deputy commissioner with oversight of market regulation. Managing catastrophe reporting and data analysis, as well as working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Murphy played a critical role in Florida's response and recovery following Hurricanes Matthew, Hermine, Irma and Michael, which impacted the state over the course of three consecutive hurricane seasons. She is also recognized for her work as an authority on solvency issues.