NJM Insurance has announced that its commercial safety director, Violet Marrero, has been named a recipient of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 2022 Marion Martin Award. Marrero joins fellow 2022 winner Maude Taylor McGraw of Cummins Inc. as the first woman of color to receive the award.
The NSC gives the Marion Martin Award annually to female safety professionals who exhibit excellence in their areas of specialization and help open doors for other women working in the field of safety. For the past six years, Marrero has overseen NJM Insurance’s award-winning Teen Driver Safety programs.
“Improving safety for teen drivers is more than my career, it’s my passion,” she said. “I am grateful to NJM for supporting my work. I’m honored to be recognized with the Marion Martin Award alongside my fellow winner, Maude Taylor McGraw, and for being the first woman of color to receive this recognition.”
Marrero joined NJM in 2016 and is responsible for the expansion of the company’s Teen Driver Safety programs. She is also an advocate for promoting women in the safety industry and within the company. Her work has positioned NJM as a leading teen driver safety advocate across the Mid-Atlantic, the company said.
Marrero is also an active member of several boards and committees that support automobile and traffic safety, including the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
“Violet has distinguished herself as a respected leader in the field of safety within both the insurance industry and the larger safety community,” said Mitch Livingston, president and CEO of NJM. “Her significant contributions and dedication to promoting opportunities for women in this field make her an ideal recipient for this honor.”
Prior to joining NJM, Marrero served as manager of special projects at the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. In that role, she provided strategic planning and oversight of more than $2 million of federal funding and served as a technical consultant in the development of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Tool Kit for States” to reduce impared driving in underserved populations.
“Congratulations to Violet for this well-deserved recognition,” said Lorraine Martin, president and CEO of the NSC. “Our roads are the most dangerous they’ve been in 16 years, so her focus on teen driver safety is of the utmost importance in protecting this vulnerable group of new drivers. NSC is proud to bestow this honor for her many years of lifesaving work.”