Wink Ames Inducted into National Academy of Construction

 William “Wink” Ames, a founder of Minard-Ames Insurance Services, a member agency of INSURICA Insurance Management Network, was inducted into the National Academy of Construction (NAC) on Sunday, October 20th, during a black tie gala held at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix.

The NAC recognizes individuals for their professional excellence and outstanding achievements in leadership within the construction industry. The road to membership begins with a peer-nomination and clearance procedure that is administered by a Membership Committee. The entire Academy must then approve all nominees before membership is conferred.
“Becoming an NAC member is, by far, the most outstanding honor I could ever have imagined,” said Mr. Ames. “NAC members are the titans of the construction industry. To be recognized at a national level by peers so accomplished is truly humbling.”

Throughout his career, Ames’ focus has been squarely fixed upon education. Having served as an instructor and on the Executive Committee for Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction, he was also admitted to its Hall of Fame.

Steve Minard, co-founder of Minard-Ames Insurance Services, commented, “Wink has taught literally thousands of students and thousands of contractors. He has definitely left a positive imprint on the construction industry throughout the western United States.”

In February of this year, Wink Ames was recognized for his more than 40 years of service to the Arizona commercial construction industry in a proclamation made by Governor Jan Brewer.

“Wink has become synonymous with the construction industry in Arizona,” said INSURICA CEO, Mike Ross. “Since Minard-Ames joined INSURICA in 2008, I’ve had the pleasure to work with and learn from Wink Ames. Together with Steve, he built a solid foundation for the agency instilled with his personal motto: ‘Fulfillment from accomplishments.’ His induction in the NAC exemplifies Wink’s commitment to the industry he loves.”

Ames graduated from the University of California, Berkley, with a degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to attaining insurance industry designations of Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB), Wink also achieved the designation of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP).