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Meet Jose A. Suarez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018


Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#37 – Jose A. Suarez

Lending a hand for disadvantaged clients

Age: 37

Title: Risk Management Consultant

Name of Organization: Assurance Agency


Jose specializes in property and casualty insurance with a focus on construction, real estate and manufacturing companies. Prior to Assurance, he worked at one of the largest insurance companies in North America where he helped develop insurance programs companies with international exposures.

Jose’s career originally began in immigration law as a paralegal. He worked primarily with the Latino community to help undocumented immigrants obtain legal status in the US. Through these efforts, he developed the language, skills and mindset to interact with a vast array of personalities and excelled in interpreting and translating legal and policy documents.

With over 14 years of experience in insurance, he continues to work closely with clients to fully understand their specific needs. Jose’s specialty works with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certified companies.

Born in the Humboldt Park area, he would be the first in his family to graduate from college and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Religion.

Jose strongly believes in giving back to the community and serves on the board of the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, Ensemble Español, is the Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement and is actively involved with the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) and the Residential Home Builders Alliance (RHBA). Jose is also designated as a construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS).


Words of Wisdom:

“Being a great leader means being fearless in the face of adversity, ridicule, oppression and sometimes going against the consensus so that justice, equality and fairness can prevail.”