The National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA) was founded by Jerald L.Tillman, LUTCF, in 1997 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Early in his career he realized through his involvement with professional organizations, that there was a disconnect, amongst fellow Black insurance professionals within the insurance industry. As a result, he began pondering the idea of establishing an association for Black professionals involved in all area of insurance.  After twenty years of juggling between building his insurance agency and a national network of black insurance professionals, NAAIA was charted in Cincinnati, Ohio March 5, 1997. As a tax exempt association under IRC section 501 c6.