Insurance executive to address graduates

C. Allen Bradley Jr.
C. Allen Bradley Jr.

Louisiana insurance executive C. Allen Bradley Jr., of DeRidder, will serve as commencement speaker at Southeastern Louisiana University’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday.

Scheduled at 10 a.m. at the University Center, the ceremony will honor approximately 1,300 students who will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

The commencement ceremony will feature the introduction of this year’s class of “Golden Graduates,” members of the Class of 1962 and previous years, who will lead the new graduates into the University Center dressed in golden academic regalia.

Bradley is the president, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Amerisafe, a specialty provider of worker’s compensation insurance for small to mid-size employers engaged in hazardous industries, such as construction, trucking and agriculture. The firm is marketed in 33 states and has more than 400 employees.

A member of the firm since 1994, he has served in various executive capacities, including general counsel and secretary. He has managed various departments at Amerisafe, including underwriting operations and safety services.

Prior to joining Amerisafe, Bradley was engaged in a private law practice. From 1984 to 1992, he served as a member of the state House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure and headed the Rural Caucus from 1990 to 1992.

A 1973 graduate of SLU, he earned his law degree from LSU in 1976. In 2011, Bradley was selected as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Gulf Coast Region. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.