2018 Walter Mather Award

2018 Award Winners

Don Cooke is a Senior Vice President of Hays Companies, with over 40 years of insurance experience including all aspects of program design, marketing and maintenance of clients' programs as well as the day-to-day consultations. Don’s career in insurance began as the casualty manager for a large public utility. He was subsequently the Risk Manager for the Union Pacific Railroad and then Carlson Companies before joining Johnson & Higgins, a large privately held international insurance brokerage firm in 1981. While at Johnson & Higgins Don Cooke managed the aviation department and large risks for over 20 years.   Don has been a great ambassador and supporter of the ABC for over 33 years.  After joining the Brokers Committee, he encouraged Hays Companies to support and develop a new concept for ABC - the U.S. Portal. The Portal has gone from drawing board to reality with many inquiries and quotes leading to monthly declarations. We sincerely thank Don for his enthusiasm and contributions to ABC.     

As Practice Leader of the Marsh Aviation Claims Practice since 1996, Joe Franceski has worked closely with clients, brokers, and underwriters by bringing a unique perspective through his 35 years of experience in policy interpretation, resolution of coverage disputes and management of complex aviation claims.  He has expertise in aviation law, trial preparation, the Government Contractors’ Defense, and the emerging law of products liability in the European Union. In all of these areas, Joe has helped the ABC and clients alike to have a better appreciation for the complexities of aerospace related insurance issues. He has been an asset to the industry and we wish him well in his retirement.  It was our honor to present this award to Joe for his decades of support of the ABC.     

L) ABC 2018 President Bob Crawford presents the Walter Mather award to Joe Franceski.  
R) ABC 2018 President Bob Crawford presents the Walter Mather award to Don Cooke. 

Walter Mather Award Co-Sponsors, ABC and Ed Broking, are delighted to recognize such worthy candidates.