2021 Recipients

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Where presented : 
Exemplar Award Dinner
Recipient(s) name: 
Jim Chosy, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of U.S. Bancorp; Jack Salzwedel, Chair of American Family Mutual Insurance Company
Reason for selection of recipient(s): 

Jim Chosy is Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. Chosy is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs. Chosy is a member of the board of directors of the Guthrie Theater and the Fund for Legal Aid, the board of counselors of Equal Justice Works, the general counsel advisory committee of the Bank Policy Institute, and the corporate advisory panel of the Federal Bar Association’s special task force on diversity and inclusion. He is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He has previously served as a member and chair of the board of directors of the Clearing House Association, the University of Minnesota Law School and the Children’s Theater Company.  In 2012, he received the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Service Award, in 2019 the Lead by Example Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, and in 2020 the In-House Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award from Minnesota Lawyer.

A native of DeForest, Wis., Jack Salzwedel began his career with American Family Insurance in 1983 as a claim adjuster. In 1985, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Tom, and became an agent for the company. Jack then took sales and product line leadership roles at American Family, leading up to his election as chair and chief executive officer in November 2011. In his current role as Chair and CEO, Jack oversees the American Family enterprise of companies, which includes the American Family brand and subsidiaries, Homesite, The General, Main Street America, and CONNECT, powered by American Family Insurance. Graduates of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Jack and his wife, Sarah, have established the Slife Institute for Social Work Consultation, Research and Training at Wartburg. They also established the Salzwedel Family Foundation. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company, Jack is a board member the Insurance Information Institute, Badger Air Community Council and Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. He is on the U.S. Bank Advisory Board, UW Chancellor’s Advisory Board and numerous local nonprofits. An avid social media advocate, CEO.com named Jack as one of the most engaged Fortune 500 CEO on Twitter. You can follow him at @AmFamJack.