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Thomas L. McLeary

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1944
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1944
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Insurance executive, Chartered Life Underwriter and CEO of Endow, Incorporated, Thomas Livingston McLeary was born on September 8, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Edna Tubbs McLeary and all of her sisters were graduates of Rust College and his father, Thomas Jefferson McLeary, operated a dry cleaners. McLeary attended Doolittle Elementary School and graduated from Englewood High School in 1961.With the help of youth minister Clyde Miller, McLeary received an Illinois General Assembly scholarship, and earned his B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in 1965.

After graduation, McLeary joined the National Guard and enrolled in Prudential Insurance Company’s Management Training Program. McLeary began to appreciate the insurance business as he worked in the Chicago home office from 1965 to 1970. From 1970 to 1977, McLeary moved into Prudential Insurance’s Chicago Hyde Park office ins sales. Under the guidance of John Lassiter, a member of Operation Push, McLeary won the Prudential’s Agent of the Year Award in 1975 and a President’s Citation. McLeary, a Huebner Scholar attended American College and soon qualified as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). In 1978, McLeary co-founded Endow, Incorporated as a multi-line insurance company dealing with public entities, small and large corporations and individuals of large net worth. In 1992, he formed with three others, Premier Network Service Group, the first national African American property and casualty and financial services firm.

McLeary is a past president of the Chicago Association of Life Underwriters and the Illinois Association of Life Underwriters (IALU). In 1987, McLeary was awarded the IALU’s Distinguished Service Award. A longtime member of the National Minority Business Development Council, McLeary is a member of ABLE and has also been a member of Chicago’s Million Dollar Round Table for twenty-four years. McLeary is active on numerous boards and civic committees. He also enjoys working with his wife on various projects to encourage and support young people.

McLeary was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Thomas L. McLeary's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Thomas L. McLeary lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about his mother's teaching career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his paternal family's experiences in the South
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Thomas McLeary remembers his father's dry cleaning business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls the decline of his father's business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his father's later years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Thomas L. McLeary describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about being an only child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers his father's business difficulties
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls his introduction to the insurance industry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls his early religious activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the Church of the Good Shepherd in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers the gang activity at Englewood High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers sports players at the Big Ten Conference
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls his academic difficulties at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls his decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about his challenges in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls the recruitment of black students to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers avoiding the Vietnam War draft
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls joining the Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers his promotion to sales at the Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his career at the Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Thomas L. McLeary remembers John Lassiter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the products offered by the Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his success at the Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls forming the Endow, Inc. insurance brokerage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his role in the National Association of Life Underwriters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls his children's sports activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about his clientele
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Thomas L. McLeary recalls meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about the Alliance of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his insurance certifications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his business strategies
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about developing an insurance program for Native American tribes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about the future of his insurance brokerage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his business philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his hopes for the black business community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about his civic involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Thomas L. McLeary describes his mentorship efforts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Thomas L. McLeary reflects upon his commitment to community service
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Thomas L. McLeary reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Thomas L. McLeary reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Thomas L. McLeary talks about his children's college education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Thomas L. McLeary describes the importance of historically black colleges
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Thomas L. McLeary describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Thomas L. McLeary narrates his photographs