InVest Honors Bob Captain As Teacher of the Year

InVEST awarded IBA West member Bob Captain,  Barney & Barney LLC, San Diego and Grossmont College faculty member, with the 2011 InVEST Teacher of the Year Award. The program is a key driver to attract new talent to the insurance industry.

“Great teachers who trailblaze InVEST programs like Bob Captain are the backbone of this wonderful program that is so critical for the success of the industry,” says Heather Minkler, chair of the National InVEST board of directors and CEO of Clark-Mortenson Agency in Keene, N.H. “Bob’s dedication to InVEST for the past 20 years has not gone unnoticed, and we are honored to present him with this year’s Teacher of the Year Award.”

 In 1990, Captain and a few other insurance professionals approached Grossmont College, a community college in El Cajon, Calif., with the idea to implement an arm of their already-established Office Professional Training (OPT) program to train insurance support personnel. Captain worked directly with campus representatives to design an insurance curriculum and was later the first instructor of the InVEST option of the OPT program at Grossmont College in 1992. 

 Captain serves as a liaison between the insurance industry and Grossmont College, developing job leads, cultivating internship contacts and recruiting mentors for the students. He brings in guest speakers from a variety of insurance occupations and promotes the program among his colleagues in the insurance industry. Grossmont’s insurance program is one of its most well-known and well-respected curriculums. 

“IBA West congratulates Bob and thanks him for his generous committment to InVest Program in California for more than 20 years," said Clark Payan, IBA West CEO. 

The InVest program was started by the IIAB Los Angeles in 1970 at Hollywood High School. It has grown into a national program supported by IIABA and agents and brokers all over the country.

Now based at the IIABA national office in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and community colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to

If You're Inspired by Bob, Consider Getting Involved and Volunteering with InVEST This Fall 

School's much more fun when you're the teacher! Your local high school or community college needs your expertise. 

In the coming weeks, InVEST programs will be kicking off a new year of educating students on insurance, risk management and career opportunities available within the industry. InVEST is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is dedicated to improving insurance literacy of students and attracting new talent to the industry. If there is an InVEST school in your area, why not volunteer to guest speak one day on an insurance topic that interests you? Or, contact a local school and offer to come in one day to discuss risk management or career options in the insurance industry.

Click here to view a list of resources available to assist with your classroom endeavors—and remember to bring an apple!