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The role of an insurance broker crystalized for Tim Graham in a few short moments during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.   After seeing the truck suspended in a tree outside his client’s devastated facility, it hit home.   As an insurance broker, he was in the business of survival.

“Brokers are liaisons between the carrier and the client.  The good brokers are advocates for their clients.  Our role is to navigate clients away from risks that can cause serious financial and legal ramifications, and if a claim occurs – we resolve the claim with minimal impact on the client’s business operations and bottom-line,” said Graham.  “On the front end, Horton’s safety consultants can establish the appropriate safety protocols and culture for a company.  Then once the inevitable claim does occur, our firm also employs some of the best claims advocates in the business.  These experienced professionals perform a valuable liaison role between claimant/employee and the adjuster, allowing our customers to stay out of the fray and continue focusing on running their business.”

In his role as Executive Vice President and Partner of the Property/Casualty Division in Chicago, one of Graham’s many tasks is talent recruitment and development.  “For The Horton Group to keep our competitive edge, we will continue to work on attracting the next generation of talent and refine their skills through training, support, and client knowledge.”

A key component of Graham’s success includes industry specialization.  “I believe no two clients – even within the same industry – are exactly alike,” says Graham.  “Horton’s approach is comprehensive risk management combined with industry specialization.  Our sales and service staff have accumulated a high degree of insight and expertise within our various practices.  We have to understand the factors affecting our clients’ industries and the nature of our clients’ business so we can address all their risk management needs. Simply stated, we are more than their broker – we are their partner.”

Like many insurance people, Graham didn’t plan on an insurance career. “I left Loyola expecting to work for a few years, then enter law school,” but a career counselor at the university persuaded him to take an interview for an insurance sales job. He liked the people and the company – and stayed.

 “The industry is fiercely competitive, which makes us perform better and ultimately provide more for our clients,” Graham said.  

He, his wife, and their four children spend most of their free time involved in a variety of kids activities and sports.   The children naturally like the camaraderie and competition, he said, but it’s especially valuable because they see the results of their hard work while having fun.  That fits well into his philosophy.

“The harder you work, often the luckier you get.  But there’s still no substitute for controlling what you can and working hard,” Graham said.

Fact File:

  • Master of Business Administration, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL
  • B.A. Finance, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Professional Designations & Licensing
  • Licensed Property & Casualty Producer
Professional Background
  • The Horton Group, Executive Vice President & Partner, May 2022 – present
  • The Horton Group, Vice President & Partner, October 2019 – May 2022
  • The Horton Group, Branch President Chicago, January 2019 – October 2019
  • The Horton Group, Branch President Orland, 2013 – 2018
  • Hub International, Senior Vice President, 2008- 2013
  • Hub International, Chief Sales Officer, 2000-2008
  • Hub International, Vice President of Risk Pooling, 1996 – 2002
  • Hub International, Director of Operations, 1994 – 1996
  • Hub International, Account Executive 1992-1996