In Memoriam: Quinter G. Colebank, CLU
Quinter G. Colebank, CLU passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours on March 5, 2007. He was 84 years old.
An experienced life insurance professional, Quinter began his career on March 10, 1947. An agent for two years, sales manager for five, training consultant with one year in the field and one year in the home office, and agency manager for 20 years, Quinter brought to the Association Executive position extensive knowledge of the industry, management and administrative skills, and an exceptional natural ability to develop relationships and promote teamwork.
An active member of the Pittsburgh Life Underwriters Association (PLUA) since 1947, he served on the Board of Directors and progressed through the chairs of the Beaver Branch Association. On July 1, 1979, Quinter accepted a one-year term as the Pittsburgh Association Executive, agreeing to serve “temporarily” until a permanent executive could be found.
The rest is history. Quinter’s exceptional accomplishments stand as a tribute to his dedication, commitment, and belief in the association and the life insurance industry. Under Quinter’s watch, PLUA – now known as the National Association of Insurance and Financial Professionals - Pittsburgh (NAIFA-Pittsburgh) – was the largest local in the state, and one of the largest locals in the NAIFA federation.
Association Executive responsibilities and activities are correspondingly large. Yet, Quinter was always willing to help and to share, as demonstrated by his extremely active involvement in the Pennsylvania Association and with other locals. Much of his activity was not on formal committees, but on an informal basis.
It is important to note that Quinter not only managed NAIFA-Pittsburgh, but also three branch Associations, each averaging 300 members and each with its own board of directors, officers, committees, and monthly Association meetings which he regularly attended. Quinter also served as Chapter Executive for Pittsburgh General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA), Society of CLU & ChFC (now known as the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals), and the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh.
With one administrative assistant (and occasional assistance from his late wife, Betty), Quinter not only excelled in all Association work, he made it look easy. When he retired in 2006, the NAIFA-Pittsburgh Board of Directors unanimously voted to change the name of its annual showcase event to The Quinter G. Colebank, CLU Annual Sales Congress.
Upon hearing of Quinter’s passing, the Society of Financial Service Professionals - Pittsburgh Chapter's President, Samuel Selario, CLU, ChFC, wrote, “Quinter touched so many individuals both professionally and personally, not only in our organization, but in many other professional organizations locally and nationally. When you attended events across the country, you never looked for Quinter -- you listened for him. A great promoter of our industry has passed and we will all greatly miss Quinter.”
NAIFA CEO David F. Woods, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF wrote: “Imagining the NAIFA family without Quinter Colebank is like imagining the seashore without waves. When you are around, there is always motion, always energy, always a sense that everything is as it should be. You have been the most joyful, the most supportive and positive presence on the NAIFA scene for as long as I can remember."
Quinter strongly believed and promoted that the members of the local insurance and financial services organizations adhere to a strong Code of Ethics when providing the public with a better understanding of life insurance and its role within a sound financial plan. This page will provide a permanent, online memorial to his influence and historical contributions to the industry on a local, state and national level.