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I am always amazed by people who seem to defy the bounds of time and develop multiple areas of mastery in life. The Greek word for this is polymath, someone “who has learned much.” We also call these people Renaissance men or women. William H. (Bill) Morris, Jr., founder of The William Morris Group, P.A., is certainly someone who has a diverse array of talents. He is a successful business owner, writer, singer, and photographer. Bill grew up in Jackson and graduated from the University of Mississippi. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966, he followed in the footsteps of his father and pursued a career in insurance. He went to work for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, and during his first three years, he was a Top 10 producer among new agents with the company. In 1977, he began working with law firms and other professional organizations to provide multi-life individual disability insurance. Morris quickly became known nationally as an expert in disability insurance, and in fact, wrote two industry books on the topic.

In 1980, Morris formed The William Morris Group, P.A., and in 1983, J. Longstreet (Streety) Minor, who also had a very successful background in the financial industry, joined the firm as well. Today, The William Morris Group, including team members Susan Harrison, Scott Bates, Renee Boyd, and Chris Walters plus eight staff members, serve approximately 50 law firms, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, and a large number of medical clinics and hospitals, totaling over 130 corporate clients. The firm is regularly in the top 10 nationally for total disability production with Mass Mutual, and they currently have the 4th largest block of “in force” disability premiums with Mass Mutual as well. This year, the firm earned the prestigious Chairman’s Club which is awarded to the top 10 agents nationally for total production. As I visited with Bill, I began to uncover some of the secrets of his firm’s success as well as some interesting facts about him as well.

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