Jerald L. Tillman (pictured) didn’t know a lot about the insurance industry before he joined up in 1974 as a new graduate of Miami University. The future founder of the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) had only been exposed to insurance by ways of the agent that came to his family’s house collecting money every week for life insurance, and specifically burial policies that were historically marketed to African Americans.
It makes sense then that going into college, he never considered a career in insurance, which Tillman, who is also the owner of J.L. Tillman Insurance Agency, said he believes is “true for most African Americans who are currently in the industry – that most of us just happened to go into the business.”
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