Roger Smith, the CEO of American Income Life Insurance Company, that’s who.
Then again, insurance CEOs aren’t usually on anyone’s top-ten lists these days, that is, except for unions’.
Every time the unions need a CEO to embarrass other CEOs, they trot out Roger Smith.
- Need someone to shill for the Employee Free Choice Act? There’s a CEO for that.
- Need someone to shill for health care reform? There’s a CEO for that.
- Need someone to shill for just about any union-backed cause because he insures more than 9 million union members (and stands to gain many more after they are forced into the union and have to buy insurance from him)? There’s a CEO for that, too.
- Need someone who touts their business as being “All-Union, Wall-to-Wall,” but then hires independent contractors, who report working 80 hour work weeks without so much as a health insurance “allowance”
So I guess it is no surprise that the unions’ favorite CEO didn’t make President Obama’s cut.
Do you know who did make Obama’s list of most admired CEOs? It’s a different Smith, FedEx’s Fred Smith, who has been battling UPS and the Teamster’s attempts to unionize his company by bringing it under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Act.