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What’s Happening at AFA I Providing Opportunities

May 13, 2013 02:15 AM

JRwkidYou’ve probably heard me talk about our tagline, “Our Family, Dedicated to Yours”. It’s true, American Fidelity really cares about Colleagues and invests in not only us, but our families, too. One of the great things AFA does for Colleagues is awarding the John Rex Memorial Scholarship to children of two AFA Colleagues each year.

The John Rex Memorial Scholarship was first presented in 2007 in honor of John Rex, a past American Fidelity president. John was a staunch advocate of education and supporter of our Colleagues. Helping children of AFA Colleagues achieve their dreams through education is a great way to honor him.

This year the scholarship was presented to Christen Hickey, daughter of AFA Colleague Tom Hickey, and Katherine Koonce, daughter of Colleague Barry Koonce. I got to be a part of surprising these Colleagues with the news. You can really believe the legacy that John left behind and tell how much this means to them.

“Receiving the John Rex Scholarship is a great honor for Kate and our family,” Barry said. “Through her hard work and dedication in the classroom, school leadership activities, community service and athletics, I believe Kate epitomizes the spirit and devotion of John Rex, making this scholarship especially meaningful to her.”

“I was speechless when I heard that Christen had received the John Rex Scholarship,” Tom said. “I know there are many accomplished candidates for the scholarship and I’m grateful to have Christen recognized for this incredible honor.”

Both recipients will receive a $2,000 scholarship each year for up to four years. This is the seventh year the scholarship has been presented, marking 14 recipients. This is a great way to support AFA Colleagues and honor a past president who cared so much about education and the people working at this Company.

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What’s Happening at AFA I Celebrating Our Heritage

March 25, 2013 02:30 AM

C.W. and BillThis 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!  

Learn more about American Fidelity and our family history here!