The original vision for the Pan-American Life Insurance Company came to a man on a boat while delivering produce to the United States from Central and South America. It was at that moment that Crawford H. Ellis, a native of New Orleans, La., realized his passion for the people of Latin America and how important it was to offer them personal and business insurance protection.
In 1911, Mr. Ellis shared his inspiration with three other distinguished gentlemen, including Dr. Edward G. Simmons, an expert in life insurance, Dr. Marion Souchon, a renowned surgeon and physician and Eugene J. McGivney, a corporate lawyer, and together they created the Pan-American Life Insurance Company to serve the needs of individuals and businesses in Central and South America and the United States. Pan-American Life issued its first life insurance policy in March 1912 and was on its way to becoming the first company known to be serving The Americas.
Today, Pan-American Life serves and protects thousands of customers throughout the Americas. The company employs more than 1,300 worldwide, providing top-rated life and health insurance, employee benefits and financial services in 47 states, the District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Group’s member companies offer individual and/or group life and health insurance throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Group has branches and affiliates in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and 15 Caribbean markets, including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago.
In 2011 Pan-American Life celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Please visit our commemorative portal.