New York's Ernesta Procope Named to Top 25 Living Legends of Insurance; Propertycasualty360 Profiles E.G. Bowman Founder

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2012) - Ernesta Procope, a pioneering African-American businesswoman who transformed a tiny agency in the 1950s into today's powerhouse serving Fortune 500 companies from its Manhattan office, was named to's "Top 25 Living Legends of Insurance."

She joins a list of luminaries like Warren Buffett, Hank Greenberg and J. Robert Hunter.

"In an industry dominated by white men, Ernesta Procope navigated her storefront agency through the Civil Rights era to Wall Street," the respected website writes. "The brokerage, E.G. Bowman, still operates with Procope at the helm as chairman, and provides insurance to more than 2,000 clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, financial companies and religious institutions as the nation's largest minority and woman-owned brokerage."

Ronald L. Allen, immediate past chairman for the National African American Insurance Association told the website: "Ernesta entered the insurance industry in the 1950s when two great challenges seemed almost insurmountable: gender and race. Her pioneering efforts and phenomenal success forged a business model for inclusion within our industry."

Best known for providing property/casualty insurance programs to Fortune 500 companies and major nonprofits, the firm also serves small businesses, religious institutions and individuals. It provides expert loss-control services through its staff of safety experts with credentials up the Ph.D. level.

Licensed in 50 states, E.G. Bowman serves multinational corporations and taps domestic and international insurance markets for both standard and specialized coverages. Its clients include manufacturers, retailer, banks, consumer-products companies, foundations, and large labor unions. 

Her profile in "Living Legends" can be read online at

Learn more about E.G. Bowman at is a National Underwriter Website. 

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