Ernesta G. Procope
Procope founded her company to initially provide automobile and home owners insurance for the underserved African-American community in New York City. When insurance coverage was denied to certain minority communities after the race riots in 1968, Procope was instrumental in the development of the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) legislation which has been adopted by 26 states. Over the years, Procope dramatically expanded her business to include commercial lines of coverage and in the process secured business from over 75 Fortune 500 companies. Hers was the first and only minority-owned business on New York’s Wall Street.