The Early Years
United American had only one employee when it first began in 1947 — C.L. Dunlap, Founder and President. Within the first year of business, the Company added two more people — W.H. Coleman Jr., a CPA, and Kay Holt, their secretary. A few years later in 1951, J.A. Graham, followed by R.B. Donovan came on board. With this team of leaders, United American was prepared to chart a course of step-by-step development and expansion.
In 1955, after relocating to several office buildings to accommodate Company growth, UA moved into The Insurance Center – a 47,000-square-foot building located in downtown Dallas. Prior to moving, UA announced in its 1954 magazine, The News Flash, “The Insurance Center would be air conditioned.” This was good news, as summer temperatures in Dallas often exceeded 100 degrees.
Initially, United American occupied space on The Insurance Center’s second floor and leased the rest to other insurance tenants. However, as the Company grew, it expanded into the previously leased space until there was nowhere else to go, except to a larger facility.
On the Move Again
By 1976, UA grew to 400 employees, so the search began to find a new Home Office. Within a year, staff started transitioning into the East Park Building in Dallas.
Fast forward twenty years later to 1996, UA now had 500 employees, and it was time to move again. United American realized adequate space for future growth was essential, so the Company moved 30 miles north of Dallas to McKinney, TX.
Since that first employee in 1947, United American has surely come a long way. Our continued growth has enabled us to contract with thousands of independent brokers nationwide to provide quality and individualized service to our policyholders.
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