NAAIA Florida’s mission is to create a network of insurance professionals within the state of Florida committed to fostering career and business opportunities, increasing diversity in the insurance industry, and being a positive voice and advocate in the African American community. Launched in 2016, a group of dedicated Florida insurance professionals sought to continue the amazing work being done in other NAAIA chapters across the country. Officially chartered in September of 2018, NAAIA Florida is committed to the following pillars:
We strive to achieve our mission by delivering programs which address specific and significant career development needs. We will impart knowledge via formal and informal mentoring. Therefore, our members are knowledgeable, educated and empowered as a result of programs and activities that promote continued learning, growth, development and a focused approach to career management and community service. NAAIA Florida members include executives, agents, brokers, attorneys, claims & risk professionals, underwriters, and others in insurance-related fields who either work or live in Florida.
The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was founded in 1997 by Jerald L. Tillman, LUTCF, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Early in his career, Jerald, as he interacted with professional organizations, realized that there was a “disconnect” with fellow black insurance industry professionals. As a result, he began pondering the idea of establishing an association for black professionals involved in all aspects of insurance. After twenty years of juggling between building his insurance agency and a national network of black insurance professionals, NAAIA was chartered in Cincinnati on March 5, 1997 as a tax exempt association under the IRS 501©6 code.
Today, the organization membership has grown to just under 400 and remains true to its original mission. Simply stated, NAAIA’s mission is to increase the number of African Americans in the insurance business at both the corporate and agency levels. NAAIA serves as a support group to encourage successful career advancement by promoting the highest educational and ethical standards while networking effectively in and outside of the industry. NAAIA takes pride in working with current industry associations and resources in various collaborative efforts to promote diversity and mutual interests within the industry.
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