Ray Lillywhite Award

This Year’s Lillywhite Award Winner

EBRI is pleased to recognize Segal’s Howard Fluhr as this year’s winner of the annual Lillywhite Award. Named after Ray Lillywhite, a pioneer in the pension field, the award honors employee benefits professionals for extraordinary lifetime contributions to Americans’ economic security. A longtime leader on issues pertaining to employee benefits, Howard Fluhr is Chairman Emeritus of Segal’s Board of Directors and served as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 1994 through 2005, after which he served as Chairman of their Board of Directors. He was a member of EBRI’s Board of Trustees for 25 years and also its Chairman from 2001 through 2002.

“Howard Fluhr has been an inspiration and mentor to so many employee benefits professionals for decades,” says Stacy Schaus, chair of EBRI. “He is dedicated not only to his clients, but also to the professionals in the volunteer organizations and non-profit organizations he serves, and we are profoundly grateful.”

“EBRI’s Lillywhite Award truly represents EBRI’s mission by honoring those who devote their careers to improving employee benefits, which makes for a stronger American work force and a more secure U.S. economy,” says Lori Lucas, EBRI’s President and CEO. “Howard has been a North Star for those of us in the employee benefits industry. He has dedicated his career to strengthening the retirement and health care systems and finding creative solutions for the benefit of his clients and their constituents. We have been fortunate to have Howard as an integral part of EBRI since the founding of the organization in 1978. Since the early days of our organization, Howard’s innovative, thoughtful approach has contributed to EBRI research and the entire benefits industry.”

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Howard On Video Series

Over the next few months, EBRI will be sharing Howard Fluhr's insights about the industry in a new "Howard On" video series. The first installment examines the value of knowledge in HR and benefits. We hope you will continue to follow this series as we celebrate our mentor and friend.

In this second edition of our Howard On video series, he opines on the evolution of retirement benefits in the U.S. Please note that these are Howard Fluhr's observations and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of EBRI.

About the Ray Lillywhite Award

The Ray Lillywhite Award celebrates contributions by people who have had distinguished careers in the retirement and investment management fields and whose outstanding service has enhanced Americans' economic security.

The award is presented by EBRI as merited by individual and group excellence and is named after Ray Lillywhite, a pioneer in the pension field who for decades guided state employee pension plans. Award winners are honored at EBRI Board Meeting dinners and at Pensions & Investments Defined Contribution conferences.

In 2018, the award went to Anna Rappaport, Anna Rappaport Consulting. In 2017, the award went to Karin Brodbeck, Nestle USA.

Other recipients include Olivia S. Mitchell, executive director of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2016); Christine C. Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement (2015); Mary Nell Billings, director of Global Retirement Programs for Hilton Worldwide (2014); William F. Sharpe, Stanford University (2012); and Keith Ambachtsheer, president of KPA Advisory Services (2010).

Ray Lillywhite

Mr. Lillywhite helped found numerous professional organizations and educational programs. He retired from Alliance Capital in 1992 at age 80 after a 55-year career in the pension and investment field. 

Ray Lillywhite exemplified not only excellence but also innovation in lifelong achievements, teaching, and learning.