Although they never played a single down together, Matt Stinchcomb (BBA '98) and David Greene (BBA '04) both had stellar football careers at the University of Georgia, with Stinchcomb earning All-America honors in his last two seasons and Greene becoming the winningest quarterback in NCAA history with 42 victories. [That record has just been eclipsed by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.]
Now that their professional careers have concluded, these long-time friends who played football for Georgia in different decades have joined forces to open the Atlanta office of Savannah-based Seacrest Partners, a privately owned insurance brokerage and consulting firm.
Seacrest Partners is a commercial lines brokerage firm for property, casualty, and benefits. The company specializes in a number of different industries — health care, financial institutions, construction, larger-scale retail, manufacturing, education and alternative energy. It also has a personal lines division.
"It's going great," says Greene, who majored in risk management at Terry. "We couldn't be in a better place for us. The way Seacrest Partners services clients and goes about getting new business is perfect for what we were looking for. We needed to partner up with a firm that really understands the business and can teach it."
Stinchcomb's younger brother Jon provided the connection for the newest employees of Seacrest Partners, and the three Gwinnett County natives have also joined forces as hosts of the annual "Countdown to Kickoff" charity event in Athens that benefits Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation, the Children's Tumor Foundation, and UGA's Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic.
"My brother and David were roommates when they were at Georgia - that was the common tie," says Stinchcomb, who majored in finance at Terry and then spent eight years in the NFL with Oakland and Tampa Bay. "We've had a constant connection ever since David started at Georgia. When he transitioned away from football and I had retired, it seemed like it was a good progression, a good fit to get together."
Seacrest Partners is an employee-owned company that is extremely growth-focused.
"We average 20-plus years of experience in the insurance industry and this firm is highly collaborative," says Stinchcomb. "There are no partitions to say, 'This client belongs here, this client belongs there.' It's whoever is nearest to the need and can best address it. The resources are accessible universally."
Within Seacrest Partners, there's no lack of Bulldog or Terry College spirit. In fact, Greene and Stinchcomb bring the number of Terry alumni in the firm to seven. Vice Chairman Cliff McCurry (BBA '71) was recently appointed to the Terry College Alumni Board, and other Terry grads include vice president Susan White (BBA '85), partners Michael Butler (BBA '82) and Cindy Parker Robinett (BBA '89), and assistant account manager Thomas Odom (BBA '09).
Greene and Stinchcomb are appreciative to Seacrest Partners for the opportunity to hit the ground running in a successful enterprise, and they're equally indebted to the Terry College for providing them with the tools to succeed in the business world.
"At the end of the day, professional football is a collection of independent contractors, and there are a number of legalities and professional obligations that represent a great deal of services being exchanged," says Stinchcomb, who does color commentary during the college football season with both ESPN and the SEC Network. "It's like any other industry. It has hierarchy, it has administration, and it has managerial and quality control issues like just about any other company or organization.
"Terry has an unbelievable reputation nationally," adds Greene, who spent portions of five years on NFL rosters and practice squads in Seattle, Kansas City, New England, and Indianapolis. "Risk management department head Rob Hoyt has accomplished some top-notch stuff. With all the different carriers and brokers in Atlanta, Dr. Hoyt has done an outstanding job of putting on job fairs and getting students out in front of companies to help them find jobs right out of college. He does a phenomenal job. He really cares about his students and helps in any way he can."