Former National Hurricane Center Director Honored By WIND

Former National Hurricane Center (NHC) Director Max Mayfield has been honored with a namesake award by the Windstorm Insurance Network (WIND), a professional membership association for the property insurance claims industry.

Mr. Mayfield, who served as NHC from 2000-2007, was presented with the inaugural Max Mayfield Award in South Florida by WIND President Michael Ruskin and WIND Secretary Melissa Sims.

Mr. Mayfield was recognized for his dedication, service, and leadership in guiding America during some of its most deadly and destructive weather-related disasters, most notably the 2004-2005 hurricane season and Hurricane Katrina.

“In WIND’s early years, NHC Director Max Mayfield participated in WIND’s annual conferences and kept us advised as to pertinent hurricane issues and developments. Whether Max was giving a speech at WIND or to the public, his presentations were knowledgeable, reassuring and practical,” said past WIND President Susan B. Harwood, who spearheaded the creation of the award.

“He was the meteorological expert we wanted to hear from when hurricanes threatened our communities because we trusted him. Throughout his career, Max Mayfield has exemplified dedication to windstorm issues in both the governmental and private sectors. Because of his integrity, professionalism, and contributions to the public and WIND, we have established the Max Mayfield Award,” said Harwood.

With Mr. Mayfield as its first recipient, the Max Mayfield Award will be given each year by WIND’s Board of Directors to recognize an individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to windstorm issues and thereby furthered WIND’s goals to connect, learn and engage,” said Harwood.