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Truman K. Gibson

Supreme Life Insurance Company of America

1919 - 1955


1910 b. 1882
UndergraduateClark Atlanta University (formerly Atlanta University)
GraduateHarvard University
Born-Died1882 - 1972
BirthplaceGeorgia (GA)
RaceBlack or African American
Era - 1910

In 1943, Gibson became head of Supreme Life Insurance, which had $53.8 million in industrial insurance policies in force. Gibson ushered in a solid seven years of growth and financial stability. Gibson’s sales force used a “mass production” technique to sell industrial insurance in the African-American communities it served. This sales technique was successful, but expensive, and in 1953, Gibson instituted a number of changes designed to improve the flow of information and centralize company control.