04 December 2015

RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lincoln Financial Distributors (LFD), the wholesale distribution subsidiary of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC), today announced that founder and owner of Ash Brokerage, James D. Ash, has received Lincoln Financial Group’s prestigious Managing General Agency Channel “American Award” for his distinguished reputation in business and the greater community.

The American Award, one of the company’s top honors, is presented each year to financial services professionals who combine business performance excellence, outstanding community service and commitment to family.

“Jim has a well-deserved reputation for his deep knowledge of our business and his unwavering commitment to his clients’ success," said Andrew Bucklee, senior vice president and head of Insurance Distribution for Lincoln Financial Group. “His passion and reputation for helping people, combined with his many contributions to community service, highlight the true spirit of this award.”

Ash, a 47-year industry veteran, is a former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Marine Corp. and has served as president of the Fort Wayne chapter of National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), president of General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA) of Fort Wayne, board member of the Brokerage Resources of America (BRAMCO) organization and founder of the Health Insurance Network.

In 1999, Ash was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern Indiana. He has held field advisory board positions, providing insurance expertise and guidance with more than 10 insurance carriers. In 2010, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame for his efforts around influencing business and education in the Indiana community.

In addition to his professional dedication, Ash has been active in his community serving on various funding committees including the Red Cross and Fort Wayne Community Schools Clothing Bank. He also continues to support local walk and run charity races.

Ash resides in South Florida with his wife, Mary Beth.

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help empower Americans to take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, as well as to guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $214 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2015. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. To sign up for email alerts, please visit our Newsroom at http://newsroom.lfg.com.

Lincoln National Corporation is not affiliated with Ash Brokerage.

Contact:

Lincoln Financial Group
Kathy Vega
860-466-2955
Katherine.Vega@lfg.com