John Sullivan began his insurance career in 1977 as the 3rd generation of Sullivans at American Insurance. During his 45-year career, he gained extensive experience in every aspect of personal and commercial property-casualty insurance as well as individual and group life and health (medical) benefit coverage. John was Agency President and Agency Manager, overseeing all operations from 1996 to 2018.
Following the American Insurance 100th Anniversary celebration year in 2022, John retired from agent client services. The business is now actively managed by his sons, Shawn Sullivan as President and Philip Sullivan as Vice-President. John continues to serve as Chairman of the Agency in an advisory and support role. He also continues on several non-profit boards and leads civic projects for his community service.
John remains passionate about helping consumers understand how their insurance coverage actually works to protect the things they value. He has written dozens of articles and continues to write answers to Frequently Asked Questions about misunderstood insurance coverages and risk management issues which are published on this website under FAQ.
John’s professional designations included Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow (LUTCF). John is a past president of the Lewis Clark Life Underwriters and past-president of the Lewiston Independent Insurance Agents Association.
John was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1971 and attended Lewis Clark State College where he served as student body president in 1974. John worked for 4-K Radio as a commercial radio station announcer at KOZE-FM in Lewiston and then as station manager of KORT Radio in Grangeville before entering the family insurance business. He has six grown children, two of whom are active agents at American Insurance.
Read more about John’s history in THE BUILDER: John Sullivan.