Driven by a passion for putting customers first, Hyatt Brown’s vision and guidance have helped shape a modest family-owned business into a top-performing leader in the insurance brokerage industry.
As Chairman, Hyatt contributes through his industry-leading experience and unwavering commitment to building a culture of individual initiative and “can do” attitude. His guidance has helped Brown & Brown grow from a local insurance company to one of the largest insurance brokerages in the world. Before assuming the role of Chairman, Hyatt served as CEO and President for more than 45 years.
Hyatt is one of the leading minds in the insurance industry, having received some of its most prestigious honors and awards. In 2017, he was named one of the “50 Most Influential People In Insurance” by Business Insurance Magazine, adding to his already long list of accolades, which includes awards for industry leadership from Investor’s Business Daily, A.M. Best, and the Insurance Federation of New York. Additionally, Hyatt was honored by the international community in 2015, receiving the celebrated Freedom of the City of London – a recognition honor believed to date back to 1237 – by the London-based Worshipful Company of Insurers in recognition of his contributions to the worldwide insurance industry and his relationship with the London market. During his extensive career, he also served as Vice Chairman of Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association and Chairman of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers in Washington.
A University of Florida graduate, Hyatt is an honorary member of Florida Blue Key and has been inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, where he earned the Most Effective Member of the House and Most Valuable Legislator awards from the St. Petersburg Times and the Allen Morris award from the Florida Times Union.
Currently, Hyatt is a Trustee of Stetson University and serves on the boards for International Speedway Corporation in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Verisk Analytics, Inc. in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is a retired director of RockTenn Company, SunTrust, BellSouth Corporation, and NextEra Energy Resources.