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State Fund Board Member Bill Zachry Given Top Award by WorkCompCentral

December 17, 2020

State Fund Board Member Bill Zachry has received the Summa Comp Laude® (meaning “with highest honor”) Award, one of the top two awards given at the annual Comp Laude® Awards sponsored by WorkCompCentral, an well-known industry publication. The award is also called the David J. DePaolo Award, named for the publication’s late founder.

According to a Comp Laude® news release, Zachry was recognized for his “career contributions to the workers’ compensation industry.”

“Bill is a go-to expert for insights and analysis of the issues facing our industry,” said Vern Steiner, State Fund’s President & CEO. “He’s also played a critical role in helping craft State Fund’s strategy over the past several years and a big part of the reason we’ve been able to deliver for our policyholders and injured workers during this uniquely challenging year.”

Zachry is currently an industry speaker and author. He recently served as a Senior Fellow of the Sedgwick Institute and as a senior risk management and workers’ compensation executive with Safeway.

The Comp Laude® Awards were created to change the narrative of the workers’ compensation industry to a more positive one, including all industry stakeholders.


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