Pete Gunn Photo

Every year MCIEF will award Pete Gunn Scholarships to industry associates who are new to transportation insurance and have a desire to become educated in the field.

Pete Gunn cared about the transportation industry…..he cared about truckers and he cared about education. He brought value to all by becoming the best insurance advisor he could be. Pete started in the insurance business in 1964. He became an agency owner with Morgan,Trevathan & Gunn Insurance in Kentucky and never stopped learning. He obtained his CPCU designation in 1968, his CIC in 1984 and his TRS in 2013. He was a long time instructor for the National Alliance, educating hundreds of industry associates.

When MCIEF was founded, Pete was interested in putting the programs together as well as “teaching”. His professionalism and willingness to share his knowledge with others is missed.

Each year these scholarships will remind us of Pete, his dedication to the trucking and education industry and hopefully develop others to follow his footsteps and his motto: “You must do it right, be honest and take care of the insured”.

The scholarship is valued at over $2,000 and includes:

Applications are due back by August 31, 2023. All scholarship awards will be announced at the 2023 Annual Conference in October 2023.

Must be an active MCIEF member to apply for the scholarship.

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The 2022 Pete Gunn Scholarship Award Recipients

  • Tyler Hussey, RT Specialty /Interstate Insurance Management
  • Nicholas Slahta, Red Ox Truck Insurance

The 2022 Honorable Mentions 

  • Crystal Kaylor, W.N. Tuscano Agency
  • Evan Russell, Hub International Transportation
  • Daniel Vega, Nationwide E & S
  • Caleb Linden, Timby Specialty


Jim Harrison Photo

In 1981 Jim Harrison and Tommy Ruke developed an education program for insurance professionals that work with motor carriers. At the time, Jim was the Education Consultant for CIC in Florida and knew that Tommy’s father was a trucker. That call started Tommy’s educational career. Jim and Tommy went on to teach numerous seminars together. Jim was an original founding member of MCIEF.

Through the years Jim inspired others to be better at their insurance craft. Brenda Wiser earned her CIC in 1995. She recalls her first CIC class which featured Jim as a presenter. His incomparable knowledge, ability to explain the subject in simple terms, and unwavering patience in responding to questions, guide her even today in her Transportation Leadership role. She notes there are a handful of teachers you remember your whole life….Jim is one who is sorely missed but not forgotten.

The Board of MCIEF Directors, in honor of Jim, has established an award to recognize a member that has given their time and knowledge educating the insurance industry and supporting the MCIEF.


2018: Pete Gunn
2019: Lou Welch
2023: Tommy Ruke