When Brad Tennant went for an interview with Allstate back in 1974, he had “no idea what an underwriter was”. He wanted an out from his high-rise concrete construction job in St. Petersburg, Florida, so he took the plunge and met with an old family friend who worked in insurance. The rest is history. Fast-forward 45 years and Tennant is now a celebrated insurance leader and inductee of Insurance Business America’s Hall of Fame 2019, an honor he described as “incredibly humbling and overwhelming.”
Fortune smiled on Tennant’s early years in the industry. His first supervisor at Allstate also happened to be one of Tennant’s favorite radio disk jockeys in the Tampa Bay area, and as self-professed “vinyl junkies,” the two clicked immediately. Tennant reflected: “He was also a total geek when it came to insurance, and that was hugely beneficial for me. I ran into people very early in my career who had a real passion for insurance.”
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