The DFW Chapter was created to develop relationships within the insurance industry among African-Americans, share resources, and educate the younger generation about the opportunities that exist within insurance.
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 informed, 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-Dallas Fort Worth became the first local chapter to be established in the western part of the country. The Dallas Chapter was ratified unanimously on December 18, 2008 by the NAAIA National Board. Under the leadership of Chapter President Brent Jenkins with 22 members becoming an officially chartered chapter of NAAIA. The organization was incorporated in 2009.
NAAIA-DFW is dedicated to empowering African-American insurance professionals currently in the industry as well as increasing their numbers citywide. We engage in the sharing of information for personal growth and professional development while providing opportunities for networking, continuing education, and building mutually beneficial partnerships. We build relationships with traditional insurance industry trade associations and other organizations representing the interest of minorities in the ever growing, emerging multicultural marketplace of this business.
To become the premier professional organization within the DFW area for African Americans within the Insurance Industry.
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 we remain true to the original mission as defined by Jerald. Simply stated, our 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.