Published Monday, Dec 13, 2021

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 13, 2021) – The National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR) marked a significant milestone, the organization’s 25th Anniversary, at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Fall National Meeting this past weekend in San Diego, California.

In October of 1996, NIPR was incorporated to ease the burden of the state-based system of insurance regulation by developing a comprehensive source of data and electronic licensing for insurance professionals to be used for all state producer licensing. A critical first step was the formation of an inclusive board of directors composed of insurance commissioners, insurance industry representatives and NAIC leadership.

With that strong foundation in place, NIPR went on to build an empowered team, providing customer-focused excellence, and developing high quality and reliable technology. As NIPR enhanced the simplicity of its products, more producers and compliance professionals used it, creating year-over-year growth. Today, as the central hub around which producer credentialing revolves, NIPR processes more than 40 million transactions annually and, this year, will move more than $1 billion in state fees to departments of insurance helping to fulfill its mission of cost-effective, streamlined and uniform producer licensing.

Karen Stakem Hornig, NIPR CEO said, “Through the past 25 years, NIPR has adapted to meet evolving industry and producer needs, harnessed the power of emerging technology and developed exceptional customer service. These efforts have allowed us to humanize our technological offerings, ultimately building trust and a collaborative culture, which has been key to our success.”

But the story of NIPR is, at its core, about its exceptional team and one team member has been a part of the NIPR’s history since its beginning. As Glenn Pomeroy, NIPR’s first board chair, noted, “You can’t talk about the history of NIPR without talking about Laurie Wolf.” 

Regulatory expert, Laurie Wolf, was honored at NIPR’s 25th anniversary celebration for her impact on the industry over the last thirty-two years. Widely recognized as the national subject matter expert on producer licensing, Wolf’s influence runs deeply through the industry. Hornig and NIPR board chair, Larry Deiter, were joined by Pomeroy in presenting this prestigious award to Wolf.

After beginning her career in the insurance industry, she spent nineteen years serving as the director of the Agent Licensing and Investigation Division for the North Dakota Insurance Department where she worked tirelessly on NAIC committees and working groups to further the cause of improved producer licensing. Wolf was then tapped to join NIPR’s leadership team. Her expertise positioned the organization for success as her industry background and her producer licensing experience on the regulatory side armed her with a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of state insurance regulation. Having served as NIPR’s deputy director for thirteen years, Wolf focuses on the support of state regulators and implementation of NIPR’s products.

After receiving her award, Wolf shared, “I am so proud and honored to have been a part of NIPR from the beginning. It has been a true privilege to build relationships of deep trust and shared purpose with so many throughout the industry.” 

To view photos from the reception, click here.

About NIPR

NIPR is a not-for-profit technology company with the goal of streamlining the producer licensing process. Governed by a Board of Directors representing state insurance regulators and members of the insurance industry, NIPR is an affiliate of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. To learn more, visit