Rupert Lloyd Christie, retired
general manager of Lloyd Christie Insurance Agency, was honoured at the
Jamaican Independence Service on 8 August by the Jamaican Consulate in
recognition of his contribution to the Cayman Islands insurance industry.
“In the life insurance industry in
the English-speaking Caribbean, Mr. Christie is known as a giant amongst men
for his contribution to the training of field agents,” the citation reads.
It also notes: “In Cayman, Mr. Christie
was the driving force in getting the Life Underwriters Association of Cayman
formed in the late 1980s.”
Mr. Christie, who was born in
Hanover, Jamaica in 1927, started his career as a classroom teacher in
Westmoreland after graduating from Mico teacher’s college in Jamaica. In 1956
he became primary school headmaster at Bethany School in St. Ann.
After earning a Bachelor of Science
degree in economics with honours from the University of the West Indies in
1963, he received the chartered life underwriter’s certificate in 1973 from the
Institute in Toronto. Additionally, he has many LIMRA diplomas in agency
management — too numerous to mention.
Mr. Christie entered the life
insurance industry in 1963 at the British American Insurance Company (Caribbean
division) as director of training, planning and research, with responsibilities
for management and personnel, a position he held until 1972.
From 1972 to 1978 Mr. Christie was
superintendent of life operations, Caribbean Atlantic Life Insurance Company with
responsibility for the Caribbean and the UK field offices, operating from their
head office in Jamaica.
In 1978 he was with British
American Insurance Cayman Ltd as assistant vice president, marketing Caribbean
division, a position he held until 1983, when Travellers Insurance Cayman
invited him to set up his own agency (Lloyd Christie Insurance Agency) and represent
them in the Cayman Islands.
“Mr. Christie was a very good
teacher,” the citation reads, “and from 1985 to 1987, all his life agents were
million dollar round table producers.”
Barbados Mutal Life purchased the
Travellers Life subsidiary operation in the Caribbean, which then became
Capital Life Insurance Co.
Lloyd Christie Insurance Agency was
known worldwide and remained Capital Life’s leading agency until 1995. (Capital Life is now known as Sagicor). He
was later joined in partnership by Lemuel Hurlston and Jennison Nunez before
Mr. Christie retired as general
manager of Lloyd Christie Insurance Agency in 1995 and as a member of the board