Founded by the Association of Czech Insurance Brokers (AČPM) and co-organized by the Czech Insurance Association (ČAP) and the specialized information server oPojištění.cz
The 18th year of this oldest professional contest in insurance culminated with a gala evening held in the Congress Centre of the Czech National Bank in Prague on May 22, 2018, under the auspices of the ČNB governor Jiří Rusnok.
The insurance brokers – as experts who work with insurers on a daily basis – assessed the insurance companies ́ performance for 2017 in the following categories: insurance of industry, car insurance, civil insurance, specialized insurance and life insurance. Out of these five categories, Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna won three, Kooperativa pojišťovna reached for the first place in life insurance, and ERV Evropská pojišťovna, after a year ́s pause, returned to victory in the specialized insurance category.
As in previous years, the organizers also voted for “Personality of the Insurance Market” – a title awarded for an outstanding contribution to the development of insurance. This time the lot fell upon Jiří Charypar, one of the founding fathers of Allianz in the Czech Republic.
Within the framework of the contest, the insurers also judged the overall performance of insurance brokers. Thus, RESPECT a.s., an AČPM member, received the Insurance Broker of the Year 2017 award.
The gala evening was preceded by traditional Brokers ́ Afternoon, a networking event of insurance brokers and their counter-partners from insurance houses.
Happy winners of the Insurer of the Year 2017 contest
From left: Jan Štok, MBA, AČPM Board Member, Ing. Lucie Urválková, Board Member, Uniqa, Ing. Ivan Špirakus, AČPM Vice-Chairman
From left: Ing. Zdeněk Santler, Board Vice-Chair, EFPA (partner of the gala evening) presents the award to the winner of Specialized Insurance category – ERV Evropská pojišťovna represented by its Board Member Štěpán Landík. Smiling in the back is Ing. Ivan Špirakus, AČPM Vice-Chair
Ing. Pavel Wiesner, Director, with Pat and Mat – the mascots of Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna
From left: Ing. Jan Matoušek, Executive Director, Czech Insurance Association, together with Martin Hrdý, Senior Manager, KPMG, distributed awards to the winners of the Insurance Broker of the Year contest: Respect a.s. (gold), represented by its CEO Ing. Zdeněk Reibl – Renomia a.s. (silver), Jiřina Nepalová, Director – Petrisk International a.s. (bronze), Roman Mach, Director – GrECo International CR, s.r.o.
(4th place), Petr Poděbradský, Director – and IMG a.s. (5th place), Mgr. Vratislav Hybner, Board Chairman
Ing. Zdeňka Indruchová, AČPM Executive Director, with Ing. Ján Čarný, Managing Director, Coface
From left: Jiří Charypar, awarded with the prestigious title of Personality of the Insurance Market and surrounded by his well- wishers: Jiřina Nepalová, AČPM Chair, Ing. Martin Diviš, President of the Czech Insurance Association, Ing. Jan Matoušek, Executive Director, Czech Insurance Association, and Jindřich Vašina, Partner, KPMG (general sponsor of the event)
From left: JUDr. Jana Čechová, Ministry of Finance, PhDr. Vladimír Přikryl, Ministry of Finance and Personality of the Insurance Market, Ing. Václav Křívohlávek, VŠFS and Personality of the Insurance Market, with Ing. Zdeňka Indruchová, AČPM Executive Director
From left: Ing. Romana Benešová, Executive Director, Kaprain Group, with Jiřina Nepalová, AČPM Chair
From left: Civil Insurance Category: Ing. Ivan Špirakus, AČPM Vice-Chairman, Ing. Pavel Wiesner, Director, Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna (gold), Radek Starosta, Director, Kooperativa (silver), Jan Vícha, Director, Allianz (bronze), Ing. Lucie Urválková, Board Member, Uniqa (4th place), Ing. Karel Bláha, Board Member, Česká pojišťovna (5th place), Ing. Ivan Paparega, AČPM Vice-Chairman
Industry Insurance category winners with their well-wishers from left: Ing. Jaroslav Besperát, CEO, Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna (gold), Ladislav Burián, CEO, Contin (partner of the contest), Jiřina Nepalová, AČPM Chair, Ing. Jiří Sýkora, Board Member, Kooperativa (silver), Ing. Marek Jankovič, CEO, Česká pojišťovna(bronze), JanVícha,seniormanager,Allianz(4thplace)andMgr.DominikŠtros,Country Manager, Colonnade Insurance (5th place)
Jiřina Nepalová, AČPM Chair, presents ing. Jaroslav Besperát, CEO, Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna, with the highest award in the Industry Insurance category
AČPM supports, on a long-time basis, a non-profit organization Modrý klíč, that helps handicapped children. Over the years, participants to Brokers ́ Afternoon had a chance to enjoy art products of Modrý klíč sheltered workshop to which AČPM contributed with over one hundred thousand CZK. One of the happy winners of the raffle Mgr. Marie Lorencová, Head of Legal Department, Respect a.s., is pictured with Jiřina Nepalová, AČPM Chair, and Ivan Špirakus, AČPM Vice-Chair
From left: Ing. Marek Jankovič, CEO, Česká pojišťovna, Ing. Jaroslav Besperát, CEO, Česká podnikatelská pojišťovna, Ing. Zdeňka Indruchová, Executive Director, AČPM, and Radim Krist, Director, Allianz