jTillman.jpgWhen I heard that Jerald L. Tillman, founder of the National African-American Insurance Association, was locked in an ugly battle with his former carrier, Nationwide Insurance, over his disputed termination, my assessment as an editor was that if there were almost any other agent involved, this wouldn’t be national news. But because racial diversity is so sorely lacking in the insurance industry, this becomes a huge story.

I’ve known Mr. Tillman for just about my entire 26-year career at National Underwriter. He’s a dynamic fellow who has devoted a big chunk of his life to the often frustrating cause of diversifying the insurance business.

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