Featured Member: Ralph Campbell

11/05/2012 8:44 pm by kbarran in Past Featured Members

Ralph W. Campbell, Jr.

President, McKinley Insurance Services

Ralph Campbell was only 10 years old when he realized he could help change the world. The industrious young man from a good middle class family was selling $.25 copies of the Key West Citizen on Duval Street when a white man grabbed him by the collar. He picked Ralph up and shook him and screamed racial epitaphs at him.

“This was the beginning of my realizing that this kind of behavior just wasn’t right and I had to be careful around people who didn’t look like me,” he recalled.

Today, he lives by the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi – “be the change you want to see in the world.” He looks for ways to make positive changes in both his profession and the community.

Professionally, his mentor, Jim McKinley, a former football coach and founder of McKinley Financial Services, Inc., taught him “to be known for what you gave more than what you gained is the greatest accomplishment. Knowing that you cause a purposeful change that helped another person or organization frees the mind and spirit.”

“To be known for what you gave more than what you gained is the greatest accomplishment.”

He plans to continue that drive for change and spirit of giving to others in his new role as president of McKinley Insurance, a position he accepted following Jim’s retirement in July 2010.

Ralph most recently “connected for good” by forming the McKinley Foundation Healthcare Consortium. Through the Consortium, Ralph and his team provide support, resources and funding to nonprofit organizations to reduce health care costs, provide child-only benefits, offer educational seminars and make charitable contributions to Consortium members.

“Giving back to organizations that give so much to those that are in need is our way of ensuring the continuum of what is right and good in this world,” he said.

Ralph now has his sights set on growing McKinley into a major national insurance company serving municipalities, small businesses, nonprofits, sports teams and national companies. He sees great opportunities in helping businesses navigate the complexities of health care reform as it relates to employee benefits.

In addition to his career accomplishments, this single father of seven-year old twin boys also has a strong foothold in the community, devoting countless hours to local organizations. As the board co-chair for OneCommunity, he is active in an initiative that educates students, employers and community leaders about such issues as discrimination and conflict resolution. He is a member of the board of directors for Women in Distress because of his mother’s experience with domestic abuse. He also is active in Leadership Broward and is a graduate of Leadership Florida’s 2008-09 class. A three-time nominee for the JM Family African American Achievers Award, he serves on the host committee for the National Urban Fellows 2009 National Convention in Fort Lauderdale.

In his spare time, he enjoys working out and walking in his Plantation neighborhood.

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