Earl Horton receives the Mitchel Stallings Memorial Award

 July 02, 2019     0 Comments     FAIA Newsroom

This year, FAIA honored Past Chairman Earl E. Horton, Jr., CPCU, with its most prestigious award, the Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award. The award was presented on June 21 during the General Session of FAIA’s 115th Anniversary Convention and Education Symposium. Named for Past Chairman Mitchell Stallings, this award recognizes a lifetime of leadership, integrity, and service to the industry.
For Earl Horton, service to others has been a way of life. Horton graduated from the University of Missouri, and went on to serve in the National Guard. Horton has served his community on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Museum at Safety Village, which was originally founded by the Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa in 1953. He later returned to the board of The Children’s Museum as the chair of the Development Committee and raised $27,000,000 to build the new Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa.
In 2014, he joined the board of DACCO, a 220-bed not-for-profit drug and alcohol treatment center. Founded in 1974 to coordinate treatment for youthful offenders as an alternative to jail, today their mission is to work for a drug free community, one person, one family at a time. In 2018, he was elected president of the Board of Trustees and currently serves in this position.
Horton’s service to the insurance community is equally rich; he served this association and the insurance industry for many years. He first worked at Lumberman’s Underwriting Alliance, a direct writing specialty carrier, and received his CPCU designation in 1976. He later went on to teach IIA and CPCU courses.
In 1985, Earl became an independent agency owner in Robbins Insurance where he worked through mergers, acquisitions, and many name changes until his retirement in 2009. During his years in the industry, he served on the board and as president of The Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa, on the board and as president of the Tampa chapter of The Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters Association, and as a member of the board of directors of FAIA in 1993.
Horton was appointed by the Florida Speaker of the House to Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s Board of Governors in 2005, and served as the chairman of the FAIA’s board in 2006. He went on to be reappointed to Citizens Board by the new Speaker, chaired numerous committees, and was elected to serve as the board’s vice chairman.
Even after retirement, Earl continued serving his community and the insurance industry. His quiet demeanor and humble personality continue to be admired by his colleagues, his friends, and his family.