BB&T Knight Insurance Services Supports Golf Classic in a Big Way

For Manny Mashhoud, Area President of BB&T Knight Insurance Services, the decision to be the Grand Sponsor of the Foundation’s 2010 and 2011 golf tournaments was an easy one. “GCC offers the best of everything and deserves the support of everyone in the community,” he says.

That’s especially good news at a time when many businesses are rethinking and readjusting their charitable contributions. Glendale’s oldest insurance agency, Knight has been providing all types of insurance since its establishment in 1922. Purchased by BB&T in 2008, it became the sixth largest insurance brokerage in the country.

“I had to travel to BB&T headquarters in North Carolina to get approval for the sponsorship because of the economic climate we’re living in,” says Mashhoud. “But I did it willingly . . . and they agreed.”

The relationship between Knight Insurance and GCC started long before Mashhoud joined the company in 1987. “Knight has insured the college for almost 30 years and has always supported many of its endeavors—we’ve donated to the Science Center, helped with the tennis courts and so on,” he says.

Mashhoud, who is married and will soon become a father, came to the U.S. from his native Iran at the age of 14 and graduated from Occidental College. “I’ve lived in Glendale since the early 1990s, and I believe in this community. Knight Insurance has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for 50 years, and we also support the Glendale Police Foundation, Kiwanis Club and a lot of other local non-profits.”

When asked about the future for GCC and Knight Insurance, Mashhoud is quick to respond. “As long as I’m at the helm, we’re committed to supporting the college,” he says.
Last updated: 5/24/2010 11:31:04 AM