July 3, 2014
Paul S. Amos
, who with his two brothers founded Aflac Incorporated nearly six decades ago, passed away late Wednesday night after a lengthy illness. He was 88 years old.
Amos, who continued to make daily visits to Aflac's offices in
, and served as Chairman Emeritus, was beloved by the insurer's more than 8,000 employees and 185,000 agents worldwide. He was known affectionately throughout the company as "Mr. Paul."
Amos was raised in
He and his wife, the former
, met in church when she was just 17 years old and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in October of last year. The couple's only child,
Daniel P. Amos
, is Aflac's current chairman and CEO.
During his long tenure at Aflac, Mr. Amos held numerous positions, both at corporate headquarters and as a hands-on member of the sales force. He served as state sales manager for
, first vice president/director of marketing, president, vice chairman and chairman. Although he retired in 2001, he remained a familiar figure at Aflac and loved to be among the employees and sales team members who continued the company's legacy.
Amos' contributions to Aflac are too numerous to mention, but among his greatest achievements was introducing the concept of "worksite marketing," in which products are sold directly to employees at companies through payroll deductions. Today, policies sold at worksites throughout the nation account for 97 percent of Aflac U.S. sales.