About Us

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The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was organized to create a network among people of color and others employed in or affiliated with the insurance industry. The association currently has 15 chapters, with 2 others in development, throughout the nation and its members represent every sector of the industry. Pooling this wealth of talent contributes significantly to the association and its members through the sharing of professional knowledge, information and experiences.

NAAIA attempts on a continuous basis to promote and enhance professionalism in a manner that leads to industry recognition and career opportunities for its members.

NAAIA coordinates the national efforts of the association and welcomes memberships from those individuals who do not have a local chapter in their area. If interest exists to build a local chapter in a respective city, NAAIA will engage the nearest chapter to liaison with the interested parties.

NAAIA engages in the following activities: quarterly newsletters, planning, promotion and execution of national conferences, advocacy on national issues, providing thought leadership in many insurance related areas and maintenance of an insurance database.

Mission

NAAIA is dedicated to empowering African American insurance professionals currently in the industry as well as celebrating their accomplishments. NAAIA is also committed to attracting talented individuals to the insurance industry. Through our work and affiliation with other organizations we are dedicated to increasing the awareness of opportunities and the attractiveness of careers in the insurance industry.

NAAIA is engaged in the sharing of information for personal growth and professional development. The organization provides opportunities for networking, continuing education, and for building mutually beneficial connections and partnerships. Along with our partners, NAAIA sponsors and hosts talent competitions for college students as well as provides numerous scholarships annually to deserving students.

NAAIA's involvement is local, regional and national. The association has strong relationships with traditional insurance industry trade associations and other organizations focused on the interests of people of color and on diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry.

History

  Founder Jerald L Tillman

Founder Jerald L Tillman

The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was founded by Jerald L.Tillman, LUTCF, in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Early in his career he realized through his involvement with professional organizations, that there was a disconnect, amongst fellow Black insurance professionals within the insurance industry. As a result, he began pondering the idea of establishing an association for Black professionals involved in all area of insurance.  After twenty years of juggling between building his insurance agency and a national network of black insurance professionals, NAAIA was charted in Cincinnati, Ohio March 5, 1997. As a tax-exempt association under IRC section 501 c6.