James W. Bridges Jr., Las Vegas, NV, was elected to the Board of Directors of Woodmen of the World/Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society in April 1989. In July 1997, Bridges was elected National Treasurer, and in September 2000, he was elected Executive Vice President. He was re-elected to that position by the delegates to the 2001 National Convention with a change in title to Executive Vice President, Fraternal, effective August 1, 2001. In January 2008, he stepped down as Executive Vice President, Fraternal, and moved to Nevada. In April 2008, he retired from active Woodmen of the World duty and was re-elected as a National Director.
A native of Rocky Mount, NC, Bridges began his career with Woodmen of the World in 1971 as a Field Representative in Albany, GA. In 1972, he was promoted to Area Manager in Savannah, GA, and in 1975, he became State Manager of California North and Nevada North. Mr. Bridges became state manager of Louisiana North in February 1981, and was promoted to Assistant Field Manager in December 1981. He was appointed an Assistant Vice President in September 1984, and Vice President and Field Manager in January 1985. He served in that position until he was elected as National Treasurer in July 1997.
Bridges earned the Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) and the LIMRA (Life Insurance and Marketing Research Association) Leadership Institute Fellow (LLIF) designations. He successfully completed “The Challenge of Leadership” program at the Babson School of Executive Education in Wellesley, MA.
Bridges is a member of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors. He is a Past President of the Fraternal Field Managers’ Association and the California State Fraternal Congress. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Fraternal Congress of America, a board member of the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Rotary Club of Omaha. In addition, Bridges has served the insurance industry on the Agency Management Committee (AMC) for LIMRA.