IN MEMORY OF JOSEPH P. CRAWFORD
1954 - 1999
Joseph “Joey” P. Crawford, CLU, was born and raised on Tybee Island, Georgia. He attended local parochial schools and was mentored by the late Mr. T.S. Chu during his childhood and throughout his life. Joey was a graduate of Benedictine Military Academy, Armstrong State College and The American College.
He began his insurance career in 1977 and later established Financial Strategies, Inc., where he concentrated on investment counseling and employee benefits. A respected and dedicated professional, Joey was past president of the Savannah Association of Life Underwriters from 1985-1987 and served in every capacity prior to that. In 1985 he received the Savannah Association of Life Underwriters Achievement Award. He served as President of the Georgia State Association of Life Underwriters from 1995-1996, serving as an Area Vice President for four years prior. A longtime Community Leader, Joey was involved in many aspects of local life including: President of the Savannah Society of CLU/ChFC, Board Member of the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, Founding Member of the Westside AMBUCS, Democratic Party and the Savannah Country Day PTO. He was also a candidate for District Seat 150 in the Georgia House of Representatives.
A strong believer in family, Joey led a life filled with strong relationships. He was a friend to many, a thankful husband to his wife, Pam, and an inspired father to his son, Cole. A man who befriended all, Joey had friends from all walks of life. None were too big, and none were too small to be important. Joey Crawford wanted the world to work better. He wanted people to be kind to one another. He showed up ready to help, day in and day out, year after year. He said “yes” and always followed up on his word. Always looking for the best in others, Joey Crawford was an inspirational man who knew the right thing to say to a friend in need.
In 1999 GSALU named the Community Service Award the Joey Crawford Community Service Award to honor Joey for his dedication to Community Service.
An advocate for insurance agents, financial advisors and consumers, NAIFA was founded on June 18, 1890, in Boston as the National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU). NAIFA-Georgia was established in 1935 as the Georgia State Association of Life Underwriters and in September 1999 our name was changed to NAIFA-Georgia. The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) is a national nonprofit association representing the interests of more than 70,000 insurance and financial advisors nationwide, through its federation of over 900 state and local associations. As the nation’s largest financial services membership association, NAIFA plays a vital role in encouraging legislation and regulation at the federal and state levels to protect consumers and maintain a healthy and well-regulated marketplace. NAIFA also provides its members with education, training and sales resources to help them maintain and grow their practices.