J. Hyatt Brown joined Brown & Brown, Inc. in 1959 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1961. He is currently Chairman. Mr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Florida, 1959 B.S.B.A. At the University, he was named a Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary and is a member of the University Hall of Fame. After his formal education, Mr. Brown received both Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations.
Mr. Brown is currently serving on the board for International Speedway Corporation in Daytona, Verisk Analytics, Inc. in Jersey City. In the insurance industry, he has served as Vice Chairman of Florida Residential Property and Casualty Joint Underwriting Association and The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers in Washington. He is a Trustee of Stetson University.
Mr. Brown is active in legislative services as well as civic and educational activities. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1972 and subsequently re-elected. He also served as Speaker of the House from 1978 to 1980. In the educational arena, Mr. Brown was on the Board of Regents for the State of Florida from 1982-1989, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Stetson University. During his active involvement with civic organizations, he served on the Salvation Army Advisory Council, the YMCA Advisory Board, the Civic League of the Halifax Area. He is a Member of The Florida Council of 100, Past Chairman of Community Action Agency, Past President of Daytona Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Past President of Futures, Inc., and Past Trustee of Florida Chamber Foundation.
In August 1979, Time Magazine named Mr. Brown as one of the Nation's 50 young leaders. In 1977 and 1978, he also received the Most Effective Member of the House - Allen Morris Award and the Most Valuable Member of the House - St. Petersburg Times Award. In 1998, he was awarded Humanitarian of the Year – Memorial Health Systems. In 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Florida. Investor’s Business Daily named him as one of their “Top 10 Leaders & Success CEO’s for 2001” and A.M. Best named him to their list of “People to Watch in 2002” as one of the people likely to affect the course of the insurance industry in the year ahead. He was inducted into the Junior Achievement Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame on November 18, 2004 in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the insurance industry.