Upstate Business Leader Selected as Insurance Industry’s “Carroll H. Jones Award” Winner

Greenville- The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA-SC) is pleased to announce that NAIFA-Upstate member, Steve Leslie, is the recipient of the 2017 Carroll H. Jones Award. The award was presented at the Annual President’s Dinner at the NAIFA-SC Convention held in downtown Charleston in June.

The Carroll H. Jones Award honors an active agent or financial advisor in South Carolina who has served and continues to serve the association, the industry, and the community with distinction.

Steve is a native of Abbeville, SC and a graduate of Clemson University. His insurance career began in 1974 with Transamerica/Occidental Life in Columbia, SC. Soon after moving back to the Clemson area in 1980, he formed Leslie & Associates. His practice is focused on the insurance and retirement planning needs of individuals and small business owners throughout the community. Steve joined NAIFA in 1976. He has served in all chairs at both local and state levels, including President of NAIFA Blue Ridge, Regional Vice President of NAIFA-SC, and President of NAIFA-SC 2011-2012. Steve earned the CLU designation in 1979, the ChFC designation in 1993, and was a 2009 graduate of the Leadership in Life Institute. Steve has been active in Jaycees, Rotary, and Boy Scout Leadership. He has been a member of the Oconee Chamber and Clemson Chamber of Commerce for over 30 years, and twice received the Small Business Person of the Year award through the Clemson Chamber. He was the 2014 recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service award. Steve and his wife Elle Leslie reside on Lake Keowee, and have six children and four delightful grandchildren.

“We are so thankful for the many years Steve has dedicated to NAIFA-SC. His involvement in building the insurance industry and educating the community is an example to all. His hard work and involvement is something that will inspire future advisors for years to come and will make a difference” stated Joe Riley, President of NAIFA-SC.