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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sole
Favorite Time of Year:
Birthday
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Easy.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1944
Birth Location:
Winona, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sole
Favorite Time of Year:
Birthday
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Easy.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1944
Birth Location:
Winona
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Biography

Insurance executive Louis Price Dodd was born on February 15, 1944, in Winona, Mississippi, to Willie and Corene Dodd. Dodd graduated valedictorian from Chicago’s Dunbar Vocational High School in 1959. He received his B.A. degree in education from Chicago State University in 1963 and has also taken advanced courses at Northeastern Illinois University.

Dodd worked as a Language Arts teacher for the Chicago Board of Education from 1966 to 1971 and was the Director of General Education for Chicago Youth Centers from 1969 to 1971. During this same time period, he was also the Co-Owner and Vice President of Marketing for Bailey’s Stamp Works. Since 1971, Dodd has been in the insurance business as an independent agency affiliate of Allstate Insurance. Throughout this time, he has been president and CEO of Dodd’s Insurance Agency. Dodd has received numerous awards for his work in the insurance industry and has been Allstate’s leading sales agent for the Chicago Metro Region for over fifteen years. From 1977 through 2003, Dodd was the director of Highland Community Bank in Chicago. Building on his success in the insurance industry, Dodd entered the hotel business and is co-owner of three Chicago hotels, The Amber Inn, The Dew Central Motel, and the South Parkway Inn. He is also a partner in two other enterprises, the Rolls Royce Car Wash and Kermit Coleman Medical Center.

Dodd is married to fellow insurance agent Alma Dodd. They have three children: Robert Dodd, Kimberly Yelverton, and Courtney Dodd.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Louis Dodd lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Louis Dodd describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Louis Dodd talks about his maternal grandparents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Louis Dodd talks about his maternal grandparents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Louis Dodd describes his siblings and maternal aunt and uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Louis Dodd describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Louis Dodd remembers his father's car
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Louis Dodd describes his childhood home in Winona, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Louis Dodd talks about his maternal grandfather's role as a pastor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Louis Dodd recalls his family's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Louis Dodd remembers his first impressions of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Louis Dodd describes his mother's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Louis Dodd describes his father's occupation in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Louis Dodd talks about his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Louis Dodd remembers the death of his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Louis Dodd recalls his return to Winona, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Louis Dodd remembers Winona High School in Winona, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Louis Dodd describes Edmund Burke Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Louis Dodd remembers Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Louis Dodd describes his mother's education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Louis Dodd describes his activities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Louis Dodd remembers his neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Louis Dodd recalls his guidance counselor at Dunbar Vocational High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Louis Dodd describes his activities at Dunbar Vocational High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Louis Dodd recalls his interest in athletics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Louis Dodd remembers his scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Louis Dodd remembers the Chicago Teachers College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Louis Dodd describes the founding of Bailey's Stamp Works
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Louis Dodd talks about the Chicago Board of Education examinations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Louis Dodd remembers the Forrestville Upper Grade Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Louis Dodd describes his students at the Forrestville Upper Grade Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Louis Dodd recalls the uprisings on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Louis Dodd talks about his rubber stamp business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Louis Dodd remembers his introduction to the insurance industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Louis Dodd describes his position at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Louis Dodd recalls his experiences of discrimination at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Louis Dodd describes his work at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Louis Dodd remembers moving to Matteson, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Louis Dodd describes the changes in the insurance industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Louis Dodd talks about his role at the Highland Community Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Louis Dodd talks about the practice of redlining
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Louis Dodd talks about the role of African American banks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Louis Dodd describes his Rolls Royce Car Wash business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Louis Dodd describes his business partners
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Louis Dodd describes his mentorship at the Allstate Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Louis Dodd describes his advice to aspiring insurance agents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Louis Dodd recalls his first venture in the hospitality industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Louis Dodd remembers the Kermit Coleman Medical Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Louis Dodd talks about the Michigan Plaza Hotel investment group, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Louis Dodd recalls his first investment in the hotel industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Louis Dodd talks about the Michigan Plaza Hotel investment group, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Louis Dodd describes his land acquisitions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Louis Dodd talks about the Amber Inn in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Louis Dodd talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Louis Dodd describes his activities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Louis Dodd remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Louis Dodd talks about St. Ailbe Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Louis Dodd describes the South Loop Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Louis Dodd reflects upon his business philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Louis Dodd reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Louis Dodd describes his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Louis Dodd describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Louis Dodd describes his decision to share his story