Richard C. Vie Recognized for Excellence in the Insurance Industry
Mr. Vie was the youngest aircraft commander in the history of the Airborne Early Warning Squadron of the Pacific
LAKE FOREST, IL, January 9, 2019, Richard C. Vie is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With over 45 years of professional excellence to his credit, Mr. Vie is currently retired, having most recently served as chair of Unitrin, Inc., now known as the Kemper Corporation, from 2006 to 2009. Joining Unitrin, Inc., as the senior vice president and member of the board of directors in 1990, he quickly rose in rank, becoming the chief executive office in 1992. Following these appointments, he attained the roles of president and chair in 1999. Becoming chair emeritus in 2005, Mr. Vie worked in the capacity of chair until he officially retired in 2009.
Prior to his tenure with Unitrin, Inc., Mr. Vie spent over half a decade with the United Insurance Company, active on the board of directors and in the roles of chair, president and chief executive officer from 1983 to 1990. Earlier in his career, he was the president of the Commonwealth Annuity and Life Insurance Company from 1979 to 1982. Beginning his career as an affiliate with the Reliable Life Insurance Company from 1962 to 1979, Mr. Vie prepared for his work by completing coursework at the University of Missouri and Saint Louis University.
In addition to his primary career responsibilities, Mr. Vie chaired the Life Insurance Conference in 1994 and has donated his time as a trustee of the Life Underwriter Training Council with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962, he was commissioned in 1960 as a Navy pilot and deployed to Barbara Point, HI. In this role, Mr. Vie was notable for being the youngest aircraft commander in the history of the Airborne Early Warning Squadron of the Pacific.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Mr. Vie has given much back to his community as well. The co-founder and chair of Military Outreach USA since 2010, he was the director of the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation in 2017 and co-chair of the Chicago Navy Memorial at Navy Pier in 2012. Also serving on several military support boards with the United Service Organizations, he was an affiliate of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC, from 2009 to 2015 and chair from 2010 to 2017. Mr. Vie has previously sat on the boards of directors for several universities, including Valparaiso University in Indiana, Concordia University Wisconsin and Concordia University Irvine in California.
For excellence in his career, Mr. Vie has been the recipient of a number of honors and accolades over the years. More recently, he was presented with an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and named a Distinguished Humanitarian in 2017. In light of all his accomplishments, he has previously been featured in Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Corporate America, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.