Chairman & CEO
Joe Flanagan is a successful entrepreneur who used his ability to sell and his understanding of building relationships into several multi-million dollar businesses. After five years of working at a large, international insurance brokerage, Joe struck out on his own at the age of 27. He built JP Flanagan Corporation, his own insurance agency, into one of Chicago’s largest, with offices throughout the country. In 2001 he sold his company to Hub International, where he sat on their Executive Committee for three years and was on the floor of the NYSE when Hub went public. In 2002, he was named one of the “rising stars” in the industry by Business Insurance Magazine.
As the Chairman & CEO of Acquirent, Joe is involved in virtually all aspects of the business with his main responsibility being the primary contact for new business opportunities. Joe’s years of sales experience has allowed him to do what he loves most, which is teach and coach so many of our young, talented sales professionals the lessons of sales that he learned through trial and error.
Joe currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Cook County Health Foundation, Co-Chairman for McGaw YMCA’s Camp Echo Capital Copay, and on the Board of Directors for First Bank and Trust of Evanston and the Evanston Youth Job Center. Joe has been very active in his community where he has served as a community activist and participates in many different political roles.
Joe lives in Evanston with his wife and five children.
“Who we are as a company is best defined by not just our people but the way we work and interact with them. What we do is hard day in and day out, so striking that balance between delivering results, coaching individual reps and building careers is always top of mind for Geoff and myself.”