Dillon Cunningham was one of those rare teenagers who found
his calling in life right out of high school. He began interning with the
ThompsonBaker Insurance Agency while attending St. Johns River State College
(SJR State), and his dedication paid off when he was offered a position with
the agency after completing his internship.
While diving headfirst into the industry exposed him to the
many facets of the insurance field, Dillon still thought it would be wise to
continue his education. That was when he was approached with a generous offer.
“Greg Baker, chairman of the ThompsonBaker Agency and a mentor
of mine, offered to sponsor my insurance specialization courses at St. Johns
River State College,” Dillon said. Through this sponsorship, he is currently
earning an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration with a
specialization in insurance.
Greg, working on behalf of FAIA’s Good Works Fund Committee,
partnered with SJR State in 2009 to introduce a series of courses designed to
prepare students to work in the insurance industry. Students who complete the
nine credit hours of insurance specialization classes and obtain an AA or AS
degree receive a 4-40 Customer Services Representative License. The Good Works
Fund contributes $5,000 in student support to the insurance specialization
program each year.
“The insurance courses really helped me learn the dynamics of
the industry,” he said. “I was able to take what I learned in the courses and
implement it daily.” Dillon found that the combination of experience gained on
the job and from his classes put him a step above the rest in his field.
After spending three years with the ThompsonBaker Agency, Dillon
settled with the Shapiro Insurance Group in Jacksonville, where he is employed
as an insurance consultant.
“I would highly recommend SJR State’s insurance specialization
program to my peers and advise them to take full advantage of these
instrumental courses that the College offers,” he said. “Considering the demand
for proficient and articulate employees in the insurance industry, I believe
opportunities are endless for those with the discipline and motivation to
For more information regarding the courses and admission requirements, contact Joel Abo, SJR State’s director of business education, at (386) 312-4063.
You can help further the education of future members of the American Agency System by contribution to the Good Works Fund. Learn how.