Scotty McIntyre overcame a great number of challenges and adversity in his life. Born with cerebral palsy, Scotty’s parents never wanted his physical limitations to hold him back and he didn’t let them.
His father founded United Fire in 1946, but this afforded him no favors. He joined the company in 1954 as a postal clerk and quickly moved up the corporate ladder. From 1966 to 1997, he served as President of United Fire and from 1991 to 2000 he served as Chief Executive Officer. In 1975, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Fire, and served in this capacity until his death in October 2009.
When Scotty became Chairman in 1975, United Fire held $25 million in assets, $20 million in premiums and $7 million in stockholders equity. Today, they hold $2.9 billion in assets, $478 million in premiums, and $673 million in stockholders equity. This extraordinary growth is strongly correlated to Scotty’s belief that hard work produces results. He was a prominent figure in the insurance industry and was well respected for his good business sense and candid outspokenness. Scotty was also well respected with his employees. He met every new employee and knew everyone by name.
Having been born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Scotty always had a deep love for this city. He was especially proud of the fact that United Fire is an independently owned/locally headquartered company. He was influential in deciding that United Fire return to the downtown after the floods of 2008 and they were one of the first businesses to do so. This truly set an example for the rest of the city.
Being a strong supporter of the community, Scotty gave back to the Cedar Rapids area in a number of ways. He was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Four Oaks Foundation and served on the boards of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, St. Luke’s Hospital, Firstar Bank, Iowa College Foundation, Priority One, Cornell College, 2001 Development, and United Cerebral Palsy. He also served two consecutive terms as a Linn County state representative from 1967 to 1970.
Scotty’s legacy will continue to live on through his accomplishments at United Fire and his impact to this community.