Awards & Recognition

AUGIE is pleased to recognize our supporters.

The Andy Fogarty Industry Impact Award

The Andy Fogarty Industry Impact Award has now been established in honor of Andy Fogarty, a 40+ year participant of the Independent Agent distribution channel who worked at IBM in Insurance Industry Marketing and then joined Ohio Casualty Insurance as CIO, was the ACORD chairman of the Board, an ACORD Board member and who continues to support AUGIE, and the industry long after he has officially retired from Ohio Casualty in 1997.

The recipient of the Andy Fogarty Industry Impact Award is selected from the unsung heroes who are nominated by their peers. These individuals or organizations work very hard, some in the spotlight, and many others in the background, to further the cause of independent agents.

The 2022 Andy Fogarty Industry Impact Award is awarded to Brian Bartosh

Brian Bartosh Award winner
Brian Bartosh

Prior Andy Fogarty Industry Impact recipients:

  • 2021 – Chris Paradiso
  • 2020 – Joe Feo
  • 2019 – Kitty Ambers
  • 2018 – Ivans
  • 2017 – Hawksoft

Unsung Heroes

Those recognized as Unsung Heroes are:

(1) an individual from an agency, carrier, vendor, consulting group, user group or association who has made a difference in the industry in support of independent agents in past 12 months or

(2) an organization who has made a difference.


The 2022 Unsung Hero is Jay Byrnes


Jay Byrnes

jay byrnes award

Prior Recipients

2021 – Mark Harrison

2020 – Ted Joyce

2019 – Jim Rogers, Jim Armitage, Kristin Kicks

2018 – Brian Bartosh, Joyce Sigler, Ginny Winkworth

2017 – Andy Fogarty, Keith Savino, Bob Slocum

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