IRI Honors Leaders of the Financial Services

IRI Honors Leaders of the Financial Services

Announces Hall of Fame Inductees


Palm Beach, FL. – The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today recognized three leaders for their contribution and dedicated service to the retirement income industry. The IRI Hall of Fame Award is presented every two years to industry leaders who have exercised great vision and dedicated their careers to the advancement of the Insured Retirement Institute’s mission. Inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 are Peter Cummins, Bob Saltzman, and Bruce Ferris. The award was presented during a special luncheon at IRI’s VISION 2017: Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration.


Peter Cummins

With Hartford Life for 25 years, his accomplishments include the introduction of Hartford Life's top selling variable annuity products -- The Director, Putnam Hartford Capital Manager and Hartford Leaders -- and the expansion of the business to include retail mutual funds, as well as pioneering the sales of these products through broker-dealer and financial institution market channels. Peter is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Bob Saltzman

Mr. Robert P. Saltzman served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Jackson National Life Insurance Company from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Saltzman previously held senior positions at Sun America Life Insurance Companies, Colonial Penn Group's Insurance Companies and Continental Casualty Company. Mr. Saltzman has been an Independent Director of Raymond James Financial Inc. since November 2007. He has been Director of WNC First Corporation since November 2004, a property and casualty insurance underwriter. He served as Member of Board of WNC Insurance Services, Inc. He also served as Director of Enhance Financial Services Group, Inc. He serves as Trustee of Northwestern University.

Bruce Ferris

Bruce was formerly President and CEO at Prudential Annuities Distributors, Inc., a wholesale broker-dealer responsible for distribution of Prudential Annuities product line for their independent broker-dealer, wirehouse, financial Institution and legacy distribution.  He also worked at the Hartford Life Insurance Co as Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing for their Annuity, Mutual Funds, Retirement Plans and off shore products.  Bruce has served as IRI’s Chairman of the Board, the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and has been a member since 1989 and is an Independent Trustee at Guardian Variable Products Trust.  Currently, Bruce serves as a faculty member for Veterans Outreach at the University of Connecticut Business School and is a Board Member of the U.S. Veterans Chamber of Commerce.


About the Insured Retirement Institute: The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is the leading association for the retirement income industry.  IRI proudly leads a national consumer coalition of more than 30 organizations, and is the only association that represents the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies.  IRI members are the major insurers, asset managers, broker-dealers/distributors, and 150,000 financial professionals.  As a not-for-profit organization, IRI provides an objective forum for communication and education, and advocates for the sustainable retirement solutions Americans need to help achieve a secure and dignified retirement.  Learn more at


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