Wise Beyond His Years
Alan Palmer was president of The Palmer Agency for only
five years, from 1998 until his untimely death in 2003.
While that is not a long time in our agency's 44-year
history - nor even close to the tenure we expected -
his leadership during those years has left a lasting
legacy for our company. A legacy of respect for the
past, passion for the present, and vision for the future.
Alan had just begun to implement his long-range plans
for growth and innovation at The Palmer Agency, yet
his positive impact on our company and its agents
was obvious when he joined the agency in 1988, and
while he served as our executive vice president. Alan's
smile, his enthusiasm for his work and his zest for
life touched everyone around him.
Active in the Community
An active member of several professional associations,
Alan served on the board of the National Association
of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) and
was Vice Pres and Marketing Chairman of the NAILBA
Charitable Foundation. He was also involved in the
National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors
and the Georgia Health Underwriters Association, and
had served as president of Life Leaders of Georgia.
Alan was awarded the Robert D. Goldman Community Service
Award by the National Association of Insurance Financial
Advisors in 2000. Alan also held the professional
designation of Certified Senior Advisor.
Alan's work on behalf of charities was tireless.
For several years, he organized our agency-sponsored
golf tournament to benefit The Canine Assistants ,
a non-profit organization which trains and provides
service dogs for children and adults with physical
disabilities or other special needs. He was also involved
in fundraising for the Brain Tumor Foundation for
A Passion for the Game
When not at work, Alan could be found on the golf
course. Alan grew up playing golf at Druid Hills Country
Club and joined East Lake Golf Club and The Golf Club
at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee after graduating from
college. A near-scratch golfer, Alan adored the game
and approached it with determination and discipline.
Every two years he and a group of friends went to
either Ireland or Scotland to play on the world's
most famous courses.
Alan joined the family company after graduating from
Emory University in 1988. He was a member of the Kappa
Alpha fraternity and a member of the Emory soccer
team. Alan graduated from Oxford College of Emory
University in 1986 where he was recognized as the
"Dooley" Spokesman, and from Druid Hills
High School in 1984. He earned his Eagle Scout award
Support the AP Scholarship Fund
The Alan Palmer Scholarship Fund has been formed at
Oxford College of Emory University in Alan's honor.
Tax-deductible contributions to this fund can be sent
Office of Gift Records
1762 Clifton Road,
Atlanta, GA 30322
(Checks payable to Emory University . Please write
"Alan Palmer Scholarship" on the check memo
If you have questions about the scholarship fund,
Marvlyn E. Kirk
Associate Director of Development
Oxford College of Emory University
Oxford, GA 30054
We appreciate your support of our agency and our
family. We encourage you to live life as Alan played
golf: "Grip it! Rip it! Leave nothing in the