Robert S. Bland, CLU
Chairman and Founder
Robert Bland is the driving force behind the Life Quotes, Inc.'s strategy to revolutionize and improve the way people
buy insurance. After watching his fellow agency associates painstakingly calculate insurance premium quotations by
hand, Mr. Bland wrote a business plan in 1984 which called for the automation of the comparative insurance rating
process. Mr. Bland founded Quotesmith Corporation in 1984 and spent the next nine years building the databases,
convincing over 300 leading insurance companies to contribute their information and providing the first online
insurance quote services to agents and brokers. In 1993 the Company shifted its customer focus and began providing
quotes and information directly to information-hungry consumers. Before founding Quotesmith in 1984, Mr. Bland was
president of Security Funding Corporation, a privately held general lines insurance agency. In 1996, Quotesmith was
among the very first firms to provide instant quotes on the Internet.
In August of 1999, Bland led the Company through a successful, $64 million initial public offering. By allowing
people to obtain their own quotes and purchases from the company of their choice, Bland and his team have dramatically
improved and streamlined the way people buy insurance. The Quotesmith.com website was launched in May 1996 and has
won numerous awards and accolades including a "Top 100 Most Useful Website" by MSN Money in 2009. Quotesmith.com
changed its name to Insure.com in May 2006. In 2009 the Insure.com name was sold for $16 million in cash, which was
then widely reported as the highest-ever price paid for an Internet address.
Today, Mr. Bland currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of Life Quotes, Inc.SM, an
internet-based agency that consists of 150 insurance professionals and work-from-home agents. Mr. Bland is active in
the company on a full time basis, providing vision and strategic leadership to the Company as it accelerates its
business and its consumer branding efforts. The Company specializes in the sale of term life insurance and has amassed
a customer list exceeding 300,000, making it one of the largest books of business ever assembled by a single
agency. Current initiatives at Life Quotes for 2013 include introduction of America's first life insurance policy for
skydivers, re-entry into the health insurance brokerage market and the launching of lead-generation website
Mr. Bland holds a B.S. degree in marketing from the University of Colorado (1975) and earned his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 2006. Mr. Bland also holds a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Notre Dame (2013).
Copyright ©1984-2013 Life Quotes, Inc.,
8205 South Cass Avenue, Suite 102,
Darien, Illinois. Life Quotes, Inc. and certain of its personnel are licensed
as insurance agents, brokers or producers in all states. CA agent #0A13858,
LA agent #200696, MA agent #333509159. dba Life Quotes Insurance Services in
CA under agent #0827712, in LA under agent #205078. dba Life Quotes Insurance
Services, Inc. in UT under agent #90093. All rights reserved. Telephone (630)
515-0170. Founded 1984.