This Wednesday, we will recognize what would be our founder C.W. Cameron’s 110th birthday. Reading about a company’s founder doesn’t always make for interesting reading, but C.W. did more than just found AFA – he persevered through a rough economy and made innovations that have a lasting impact today. C.W. started American Fidelity in 1960 as an outgrowth of an insurance agency that he had operated since 1930 and was the grandfather to our current owner, Bill Cameron.
C.W. was not born into wealth. His family did what they had to do to get by. He was the oldest of seven children, raised on a small tenant farm near Mangum, Oklahoma. For C.W. and his family, life was often full of uncertainty and financial difficulty.
Life was hard in rural Oklahoma and even greater hardship hit during the Great Depression, but C.W. knew that working families needed to protect their income. He looked for and created business opportunities, even during that trying time. C.W. worked hard and was able to partner with a farmer and start his own insurance agency in 1930. C.W. became a successful business man in the insurance industry with much of his success resulting from an effort to make insurance available to the working class.
C.W.’s agency pioneered offering insurance to school teachers. AFA is now the largest provider of voluntary disability insurance in the education industry across the United States. American Fidelity has earned national and international success, but we are proud to remain a family business. Bill Cameron is committed to keeping AFA a private, family-operated business, just like his grandfather.
The AFA culture has been built on a legacy of family. To celebrate the 110th birthday of C.W. Cameron, Colleagues will share what the Cameron family legacy means to them. We’ll also hold a Cameron family history trivia game for Colleagues. I’m curious – does your company celebrate its founder? Share your thoughts in the comments!