Jack Dewald - Class of 1978
Jack Dewald ’78 received the prestigious Paul Piper Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2019. A lifelong Memphian and 37-year veteran of the life insurance business, Jack built a flourishing business around helping insurance agents, financial advisors, brokers, and other professionals expand the insurance product offerings their clients require.
Among the first class of students to attend all four years of high school at Briarcrest High School, Jack went on to attend The University of Arkansas and graduated in 1982 with a BSBA in Finance & Insurance. He joined Agency Services, Inc. of Memphis upon returning to Memphis, and in 1994 - at the age of 34 – he purchased the firm from his father and has served as President since.
Jack was the first Briarcrest alumnus to ever serve on the Briarcrest Board of Trustees. He served two three-year terms from 1994-2000. He was Chairman of the Finance Committee when the Briarcrest property on Houston Levee was purchased.
In 1998, the Memphis Business Journal recognized Jack as one of their “Top 40 under 40.” He currently serves as a member of The Sam M. Walton College of Business Alumni Advisory Board at the University of Arkansas and is a 20+ year member of the Memphis East Rotary Club. Jack is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and is a multi-year member of the Top of the Table (TOT), an elite worldwide forum of MDRT members who focus on advanced sales concepts and ideas.
Well-known as a national thought leader in his industry, Jack has served in top leadership roles of
two key organizations. In 2003, Jack served as Chairman for the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA), and was presented with the organization’s highest recognition, the Douglas H. Mooers Award for Excellence, in 2013. He also served as National Board Chairman of The LIFE Happens Foundation in 2010, a non-profit organization funded by 140+ insurance carriers which seeks to educate Americans about the role of life insurance as key to a sound financial plan. Jack also serves as Chairman of the Board of St. Louis-based The Marketing Alliance, Inc., a publicly traded firm specializing in the national distribution of various life, annuity and long-term care insurance products on a wholesale basis.
Jack and his wife, Beth, have been married for 36 years and have two grown children and one grandson. They live in Germantown, where Jack serves as an Elder at Grace Evangelical Church.
The Briarcrest Christian School Paul Piper Hall of Fame Award was established in 2004. This award is given annually to thirty-year graduates of Briarcrest Christian School who have shown outstanding achievement in their professional careers and who have been recognized for their influential leadership and support of educational, civic, religious and charitable causes. The award is named in honor and in memory of Mr. Paul Piper, a highly successful Christian entrepreneur whose foundations have provided financial support to so many causes.
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