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A new Hall of Famer, and we're not talking football despite the fact it's Florida State


Good guys do finish first sometimes.

That's certainly the case with the news that William T. Hold, co-founder and president of the Austin, Texas-based National Alliance of Insurance Education & Research, has been inducted into the Florida State University College of Business Hall of Fame.

The school of business, from which Mr. Hold graduated in 1963 before earning master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, has honored alumni by induction into the hall of Fame since 2003.

According to the school, Mr. Hold has promoted opportunities at FSU in conjunction with the National Alliance, which also provides scholarships for students in the risk management and insurance program, professional development opportunities and other important financial support. Because of Mr. Hold's “efforts, FSU students were among the first to earn the prestigious University Associate Certified Risk Manager and University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor designations,” said the school in a statement.

“Individuals who earn these professional designations take significant pride in their accomplishments,” colleague Bruce McCreadie, a 1977 college of business graduate, said in his nomination letter cited by the school. “The impact Bill Hold has had on the insurance industry over the past 40 years cannot be overstated.” Mr. McCreadie said that there are “thousands of people who have had a richer and more successful career due in part to the educational and professional development opportunities that Bill and his organization provided.”