Financial Services >> CEO Interviews >> January 14, 2002

William Star – Kingsway Financial Services Inc (kfs)

WILLIAM G. STAR is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kingsway Financial Services, Inc. He started his insurance career in 1952 with the Kemper Group. After four years in the company ranks he became an Insurance Broker and sold general and life insurance for seven years. In 1963, he returned to a company position and managed the Special Risks Division of Canadian General Insurance Company (now CGU). In 1967, he became the General Manager for a British Columbia company, Pacific Automobile and Fire Insurance Company, and reorganized it in 1970 as an Ontario corporation, Pafco Insurance Company, now owned by Allstate. He later became President and purchased a 50% interest in the company. After a merger with an oil company, Pafco was sold and he resigned in 1983. In 1986, Mr. Star spent four months with the Ontario Task Force on Insurance as an Advisor. Later that year he created Kingsway General Insurance Company, an Ontario insurer that provides insurance for non-standard automobiles, motorcycles, taxicabs, long-haul trucking, specialty property lines, bonds, marine cargo and other niche products. The company is licensed in every province and territory in Canada. Through its subsidiary, Lincoln General, it is also licensed in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of Kingsway

Financial and an overview of what you're doing now?

Mr. Star: Kingsway started 15 years ago as a specialty insurer,

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