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CARAIFA Hall of Fame Hall of Fame 2011

Hall of Fame 2011

R. Danvers Williams, O.J., C.D., Hon. LL.D., J.P., CLU

R. Danvers (Danny) Williams has had a distinguished career in the life insurance industry spanning some 58 years. He is the Founder and Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited (formerly Life of Jamaica Limited), one of the largest life insurance companies in the West Indies.

His involvement with the industry dates back to 1953, when at the age of 18 years 9 months he joined North American Life Assurance Company, NALACO, as a salesman. Within 7 years, he was appointed Branch Manager for Jamaica and over the next decade, he guided the branch to the number one position in the company’s international network.

A dedicated professional committed to the development of his country and with a zest for challenges, Danny Williams molded the branch as the nucleus for Life of Jamaica Limited, which he founded in 1970. He built the company that is today a respected and dynamic financial institution.

R. Danvers Williams is noted for his considerable service to the wider Jamaican community which has earned him the national honours of Commander of the Order of Distinction (1972) and the Order of Jamaica (1993). He served the Government of Jamaica for three years from 1977 to 1980 as a Senator, Minister of State and Minister of Industry and Commerce respectively. He was in 2005 conferred with the degree of Doctor of Laws (Hon) by the University of Technology. He has received many other honours and awards including the Observer Lifetime Achievement award, induction into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Hall of Fame and the Caribbean Luminary Award by the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI).

He was President of the Jamaica Association for the Deaf for 10 years. He was also Chairman of the Jamaica Association for the Advancement of Literacy, JAMAL and the National Development Foundation of Jamaica as well as Vice President of the Jaycees of Jamaica and the West Indies Jaycees.

Mr. Williams currently serves on the boards of several major Jamaican companies, Organizations and Foundations, including Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited. He was appointed Director Emeritus of the Jamaica Broilers Group Limited in December 2008. He is the Chairman of the Alkali Group, Ravers Limited, Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, Virginia Dare (Jamaica) Limited, Irish Town, Redlight & Middleton Community Development Association Ltd., Jamaica College and the Jamaica College Foundation.


Tommy James, CLU

He Joined the Life Insurance Industry in 1970 with Colonial Insurance Company of Jamaica after a 9 year military career, with the West India Regiment and Jamaica Defence Force. He left the Army as Intelligence Sergeant with a commendation for exemplary service and a recipient of the 1962 Jamaica Independence Medal.  In 1973 he became the first person of Colonial Insurance Company of Jamaica in its then 36 year history to become a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table and was that company’s consistent Leading Salesman and subsequently Assistant Sales Manager.

He was elected as a Director of the Board of the Life Underwriters Association of Jamaica, now JAIFA, in 1972 and served as President of the Association from 1979 to 1980.   He introduced the Concept of ‘Association Member of the Year’ to JAIFA while being Director of Awards & Recognition in 1972.  This concept was implemented in 1973 with Oliver E. Jones and R. Danny Williams becoming the first recipients of the award. In 1976 he joined Island Life Insurance Company as a Unit Manager and Special Assistant to the President.

In 1983 he earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation,CLU.  He also served as Vice President of the Life Insurance Managers and General Agents Association, LIMGAA.  

He has served as Sales Congress Director for four (4) successive and financially successful JAIFA Congresses, 1981 Opportunities Unbounded, 1983 The Power from Within, 1985 Succeed Against the Odds, and 1987 Determination to Achieve. He has played an active role on the organizing committee for every LUAJ/JAIFA, CARAIFA sales congress held in Jamaica since 1973.  In 1981, he was selected as ‘Association Member of the Year for outstanding service to the association and enhancement of the public image of the insurance professional.

In 1985, he was one of the first two insurance professionals in Jamaica to be trained by the Life Insurance Management and Research Association (LIMRA) in Washington, USA as a moderator for the Agency Management Training Course. (The other was D.A Tony Williamson).

In 1991 he was appointed Director of Agencies for American Life (1991-1994) with responsibility for 12 Branches comprising over 24 Agency and Unit managers and 350 agents.    In 1994 he was appointed Assistant Vice President Marketing at Life of Jamaica Limited, now Sagicor Life Jamaica.  He served at Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited until his retirement from that company in 2006.  He continues to serve the Industry and the wider community as a motivation consultant and training expert.

He has served as host for the Insurance Industry’s “This Business of Insurance” weekly Radio Programme for over 11 years up to early 2008.   He has also served as a Judge 1981-1987 and later as Chief Judge (1987-2010) of the Panel of Judges for the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant.   During his tenure Jamaica has enjoyed outstanding achievements in the Miss World International Pageants.