Falls Church, VA (February 27, 2018) – Pete Novak, Charter Oak Insurance Financial Services Company, has been named GAMA International's 2018 Cy Pick Award Winner.

“Pete has been a long-standing member of the GAMA family, and we are proud to name him as this year’s Cy Pick Award winner. His many accomplishments and dedication in various aspects of growing this profession and the people who are in it speak volumes about his contributions to the profession,” said GAMA International CEO Bonnie Godsman.

“Throughout his stellar career as one of our leading General Agents, Pete has provided prudent, sound financial advice to the thousands of clients seeking his guidance,” said John Vaccaro, head of MassMutual Financial Advisors. “This long-time, unwavering commitment also extends to Pete’s work with GAMA, and I can’t think a more worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”

The GAMA International Cy Pick Award was initiated in 1999 to recognize one individual annually who has served as an outstanding leader within our industry during their career. This award is designed to recognize those individuals who are not GAMA board members and have never gone through the chairs but who have generously contributed his or her time, energy and creativity to become great GAMA volunteers. The Cy Pick Award is our opportunity to identify and recognize those who have done the most behind the scenes to make GAMA and our industry great.

Nominees were evaluated by GAMA’s Executive Committee, which assessed each nominee's history and accomplishments in four categories:
  • The recipient must be a current GAMA member in good standing.
  • The recipient cannot have gone through the chairs to become president of GAMA or be in the process of doing so.
  • The recipient of the Cy Pick Award should have demonstrated a long and significant history of giving back to GAMA and the industry by generously contributing his or her time, energy and creativity to be a great GAMA volunteer.

About GAMA International
GAMA International is an independent national nonprofit organization 501(c) (6), founded more than 60 years ago. GAMA International is the only association dedicated to promoting the professional development needs and leadership skills of first-line and front-line leaders in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry.