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'Energizer bunny on steroids'


It's no accident that Lance J. Ewing has often grabbed the spotlight on his rise to the top of his profession.

He has a drive to be successful and to be known for his knowledge, said Kimberly Ewing, whom he married in 1990.

The long hours that Mr. Ewing works can be a sacrifice for his family, but "he is happier when he is allowed to shine and go about and accomplish," Ms. Ewing said. And his enthusiasm doesn't end at the office or fade after his many business travels.

When it comes to the family's Saturday chore day, for instance, Mr. Ewing is just as energetic as he is at work, said Ms. Ewing, who describes him as "an Energizer bunny on steroids."

His daughters joke that perhaps one Saturday he will sleep in, Ms. Ewing said.

He is a good guy and fun to hang out with, said Mr. Ewing's 10-year-old daughter, Cheyenne. "He loves us and does the right things for us," she said. "He makes us happy and tries to be the best he can be."

"He wants to make the best decisions for us," said 11-year-old Seneca.

It's not just the long hours that Mr. Ewing devotes to his profession that make him successful, said Mario Vitale, chief executive officer of the Global Corporate, North America, unit of Zurich Financial Services Group in New York.

Mr. Ewing's success also follows from being a tenacious fighter for his goals, and he possesses a strong personality and a sense of humor that help him convince others to join his causes, Mr. Vitale said.

He pushes those around him to work hard, but "he also knows the names of all my children, how my wife is doing and her interests," said John J. Bullock, president of Willis of Mississippi Inc., a Pascagoula, Miss.-based unit of Willis Group Holdings Ltd.

"That speaks volumes for somebody in his job, who has that much on his plate, to not only manage all the serious, big-picture business items, but still is able to manage the personal relationships," Mr. Bullock said. "That is the key that helps him get so much out of his brokers."