The Journey of African-American Insurance Professionals

Marsh and NAAIA Release Groundbreaking Study at NAAIA Conference

Marsh is committed to advancing the critical conversation about increasing diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry.

Martin South, President, US and Canada division at Marsh announced Marsh’s release of the ground-breaking study, The Journey of African-American Insurance Professionals, at the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) Annual Conference & Empowerment Summit at the end of September. Our partnership with NAAIA and the African-American community on this project has been instrumental in creating a tangible platform to expand and build future action on race within the Insurance Industry.

While issues such as unconscious bias, nepotism and favoritism in the hiring process, or a lack of networking connections are cause for underrepresentation, the study found that these are only pieces of a larger puzzle. Understanding the dynamics at play will help insurers, brokers, professionals, and other stakeholders take action to attract, retain, and enhance the careers of African Americans in the insurance industry.

I'm pleased that Marsh has taken the lead in commissioning this survey, which has revealed the career paths of African-American professionals and ignited enthusiasm for ongoing discussion and progress to strengthen diversity in our industry. I am thankful for the opportunity I now have to share this study with all of NAAIA’s conference attendees and members, and hope that we can continue to partner together to create solutions that drive business, talent, and diversity.

Download the full report to learn more about the past, current, and future journey of African Americans in our industry.

NAAIA presents Walter D. Gilstrap with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

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NAAIA presented Walter D. Gilstrap with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 National Conference and Empowerment held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Walter is a Managing Director and Client Executive in the Global Risk Management sector at Marsh USA Inc., where he has been employed since 1985.   As the Client Executive for some of Marsh’s largest and more complex Global Clients, he serves as the primary point of contact, accountable for deployment of resources and the clients’ satisfaction with Marsh’s service.

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NAAIA Chairman Quincy Branch Appointed to FACI

Washington, D. C., January 26 - The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) today congratulates Quincy L. Branch, President & CED of Branch Benefits Consultants in Las Vegas, on his appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI). FACI is a committee composed of various state government officials, insurance professionals and consumer advocates that advises the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).

“Quincy currently serves as National Chair for NAAIA, an organization which he has woked with and supported for many years,” says Margaret Redd, NAAIA National Executive Director. “He is a progressive leader whose commitment to excellence will no doubt allow NAAIA to have more significant and positive industry impact in this our 20th anniversary year and going forward. We are sure that he will bring that same level of excellence in advising the FIO as the voice of independent insurance agents and brokers on FACI.”

Branch is a second genertion insurance professional who started his insurance career in college working for his father’s agency and has continued to climb the ranks in the industry. He is an active member of the Las Vegas business community. In 203, Branch was also selected as one of Employee Benefits Advisors’ 10 Rising Stars in 2013 and Insurance Business America’s Hot 100 for 2015.