FARMINGTON — Heather Fortner of AVI Risk Management & Insurance Brokers in Farmington has received two industry recognitions — the Emerging Leader and Soaring Eagle awards from the National Association of Health Underwriters.

The Emerging Leader Award honors NAHU members who have significantly contributed to volunteer efforts at the local, state and national level.

She qualified for this award due to her work with the National Day of Care, Special Olympics and Farmington Chamber of Commerce.

The Soaring Eagle Award is given for demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge and outstanding client service.

Fortner is a health care reform specialist and has completed several professional development and continuing education courses regarding the key components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare.

Fortner is the only certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act agent in Farmington “which makes her part of an elite group who is uniquely qualified to assist clients in complying with the new laws,” NAHU CEO Janet Trauchwein said in a prepared statement.

AVI Risk Management & Insurance Brokers is located at 2890 Piñon Frontage Road in Farmington. For more information, call 505-327-4441 or visit their website at