BURLINGTON, N.C. – North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin will help kick off National Agents Alliance’s “Be Your Own Rock Star” Version 2.0 National Convention on Jan. 27 in Raleigh, N.C. at the Raleigh Convention Center, company President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Albright announced today.
Goodwin, who is seeking re-election in 2012, was elected by N.C. citizens in 2008 as the state’s 10th Insurance Commissioner and also serves as the state’s Fire Marshal. In 2011, Goodwin spoke at both NAA’s National Convention in January and its Leadership Conference in July.
The event will take place from Jan. 27-29 in downtown Raleigh in one of the state’s finest convention centers. National Agents Alliance holds two national events annually at the Raleigh Convention Center, where thousands of NAA agents attend each event.
In his first two years as N.C. Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin has saved consumers, families and small business owners in the Tar Heel State more than $1.5 billion dollars.
“I’ve had the chance to spend time around Wayne Goodwin for a number of years now and I enjoy hearing his thoughts about the industry and what is going on in North Carolina,” Albright said. “We are happy to have Wayne again this year to help us kick off what is going to be our biggest and best event ever.”
Goodwin has been a champion for consumers through fair ratemaking, injury prevention efforts and close regulation of insurance company solvency and industry practices. Goodwin’s role as Fire Marshal plays a major part in protecting lives and property in N.C. The Office of State Fire Marshal is responsible for training fire and rescue personnel, administering the state building code, securing property insurance for state-owned buildings, and reviewing construction plans for state building projects.
Albright said he would love for Goodwin to enter the Raleigh Convention Center and have to tell him that one person had to exit because it the building was too full.
“That hasn’t happened yet but we think it will very soon,” Albright said. “We’d love for Wayne to have to make us have at least one person leave the building because we’ve packed the house too full. That would be cool for him to tell us that.”
Active on a national level with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Goodwin serves as Chairman of the Consumers Board of Trustees and the Consumer Connection working group, and is vice chairman of the Association’s Southern Zone of Commissioners.
A native of Hamlet, N.C., where his family was active in agriculture, banking and textiles, Goodwin served as the Assistant Insurance Commissioner from 2004 to 2008. In that position, he assisted former long-time Insurance Commissioner Jim Long in increasing the number of fire departments eligible for state grant money, and in fighting out-of-state special interests that tried to increase auto and homeowners insurance rates by stripping away the commissioner’s authority. Goodwin also established a mediation program that is still in use today for consumers disputing insurance compensation settlement offers.
Prior to joining the Department of Insurance, Goodwin served for four consecutive terms in the N.C. House of Representatives where he represented Richmond, Scotland, Montgomery and Stanly Counties. During his time in the state legislature, he sponsored legislation that led to greater incentives for economic development in rural areas; increases in education spending; improved health care; enhanced public and occupational safety; security, election and campaign finance reforms; and consumer protection. Among many other honors, he received the Leadership in Government Award by Common Cause and the A+ Legislator Award by the N.C. Association of Educators.
Goodwin was a Morehead Scholar and U.S. Senate/William Randolph Hearst Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated with honors in political science, and received his juris doctorate from the UNC School of Law before practicing law in Richmond County for 13 years.
Goodwin serves as chair of Safe Kids North Carolina and is a member of numerous commissions and boards, including the N.C. Center for Voter Education, the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies Foundation, and the Methodist Home for Children. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club. Goodwin and his wife, Melanie Wade Goodwin – who served three terms in the State House of Representatives from 2005-2010 – are members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C. and have two children – daughter Madison and son Jackson – both named after U.S. presidents like other members of the Goodwin’s extended family.