BRYN MAWR, PA - March 9, 2009 -
The American College, the nation's leading financial services educator, announced today that John J. Rocco, CLU®, MSFS, owner of the Rocco Insurance and Financial Group of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, is this year's recipient of the Samuel H. Weese Award. Rocco was selected for this honor in recognition of his long-term generosity and service to The College and its advancement efforts.
"The Foundation works to ensure that a treasured jewel that educates financial professionals will always be protected," said Rocco. "At a time when there is distrust of the financial services industry, we need to remember that there are hundreds of thousands of hard working, ethical, and focused people who make a difference for their clients every day."
The Weese Award is named for Dr. Samuel H. Weese, CLU®, past President and CEO of The American College who retired from The College in 2002. He was succeeded by Dr. Larry Barton as the eighth President and Chief Executive Officer of the institution.
"The Foundation is delighted to honor John and pay tribute to his leadership and service to The American College community," said Stephen D. Tarr, MSM, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, CAP®, Senior Vice President of The American College. "His steadfast commitment to The College combined with his expertise and keen insights gleaned over 50 years in financial services have been instrumental to the continued success of our institution."
Rocco earned both the prestigious Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designation and his Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) degree from The American College in 1966 and 1996, respectively. He is a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
Throughout his notable career, Rocco has been involved with such groups as the Boston Life Underwriters, the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). Rocco is also a board member for several community groups throughout the Boston area.
The American College Foundation is a tax exempt, private foundation. The mission of the foundation is to offer assistance in carrying out The American College's mission by encouraging annual contributions and major gifts. The Foundation oversees the management of endowment funds for the benefit, advancement and continued success of The American College by engaging talented and committed volunteers.
The American College is dedicated to leadership in innovative training and development that helps financial services companies and their employees succeed. As a non-profit educational institution holding the highest level of academic accreditation, The College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for over 82 years. The American College's faculty represents some of the financial services industry's foremost thought leaders. For more information, visit TheAmericanCollege.edu