Gold and Silver Medal
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GOLD AND SILVER MEDAL

The presentation of the NIC Gold Medal and NIC Silver Medal dates back more than 70 years, making it one of the oldest interfraternal traditions. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Conference can bestow and recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC. The Silver Medal recognizes exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement.

2018 Gold Medal Honoree

Kirklin-Headshot

Edward ``Ned`` Kirklin

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HOLMES MURPHY & ASSOCIATES | KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY

In the early 1990s, at a time when many men’s fraternities were just beginning to understand the need for a national insurance program, Ned founded Kirklin & Company, one of the first companies focused exclusively on risk prevention and harm reduction for fraternal clients. Since then, through various acquisitions and corporate name changes, Ned has remained a steadfast advocate for the fraternal movement.

“He has been an exemplary partner in addressing insurance, health and safety and risk management education,” said one nominator. “Ned’s support of the NIC and individual member organizations has been likewise motivated by an obvious and sincere desire to serve and improve our organizations and communities. Fraternities are better because of his leadership and service.”

Now the Senior Vice President of Holmes Murphy & Associates, Ned is a well-known industry speaker on risk management and has pushed NIC member fraternities to actively embrace commonsense harm reduction strategies. “As our organization’s insurance advocate, Ned has always been willing to suggest innovative tactics for education and program design that delicately balance both cost and insurance protection,” said another nominator. “And, in those times when we have claims filed and need a strong advocate, Ned is supportive beyond words.”

Ned’s contributions outside of the insurance realm are too many to list: speaker at countless conventions and leadership conferences; participant in lobbying efforts for the fraternal experience; loyal donor to the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee; collaborator with other industry vendors. In addition, his generosity goes beyond his professional affiliation. He has been a personal supporter of many organizations’ foundations because he recognizes the value of the educational programming and support provided through foundation funding. Ned has remained a steadfast supporter of the NIC over the past 30 years–though his own fraternity isn’t a member organization.

“Ned has been devoted to protecting the lives of fraternity men and women for over 25 years,” said a nominator. “He has elevated the definition of fraternity, combining leadership and responsibility to our community. Ned has invested his time and resources developing risk management practices so that we can provide a safe environment for our members and guests.”

Undergraduate  |  Chapter  |  Council  |  Advisor   |  Laurel Wreath  |   Awards Process

GOLD AND SILVER MEDAL

The presentation of the NIC Gold Medal and NIC Silver Medal dates back more than 70 years, making it one of the oldest interfraternal traditions. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Conference can bestow and recognizes lifelong service to the interfraternal community and/or the NIC. The Silver Medal recognizes exemplary service or leadership in a role or task that has advanced the fraternal movement.

2018 Gold Medal Honoree

Kirklin-Headshot

Edward ``Ned`` Kirklin

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF HOLMES MURPHY & ASSOCIATES | KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY

In the early 1990s, at a time when many men’s fraternities were just beginning to understand the need for a national insurance program, Ned founded Kirklin & Company, one of the first companies focused exclusively on risk prevention and harm reduction for fraternal clients. Since then, through various acquisitions and corporate name changes, Ned has remained a steadfast advocate for the fraternal movement.

“He has been an exemplary partner in addressing insurance, health and safety and risk management education,” said one nominator. “Ned’s support of the NIC and individual member organizations has been likewise motivated by an obvious and sincere desire to serve and improve our organizations and communities. Fraternities are better because of his leadership and service.”

Now the Senior Vice President of Holmes Murphy & Associates, Ned is a well-known industry speaker on risk management and has pushed NIC member fraternities to actively embrace commonsense harm reduction strategies. “As our organization’s insurance advocate, Ned has always been willing to suggest innovative tactics for education and program design that delicately balance both cost and insurance protection,” said another nominator. “And, in those times when we have claims filed and need a strong advocate, Ned is supportive beyond words.”

Ned’s contributions outside of the insurance realm are too many to list: speaker at countless conventions and leadership conferences; participant in lobbying efforts for the fraternal experience; loyal donor to the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee; collaborator with other industry vendors. In addition, his generosity goes beyond his professional affiliation. He has been a personal supporter of many organizations’ foundations because he recognizes the value of the educational programming and support provided through foundation funding. Ned has remained a steadfast supporter of the NIC over the past 30 years–though his own fraternity isn’t a member organization.

“Ned has been devoted to protecting the lives of fraternity men and women for over 25 years,” said a nominator. “He has elevated the definition of fraternity, combining leadership and responsibility to our community. Ned has invested his time and resources developing risk management practices so that we can provide a safe environment for our members and guests.”