Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Accident Fund Holdings release statement on passing of board member A. Barry McGuire
East Tawas native was an original Accident Fund director and also served on BCBSM board for 15 years
April 17, 2012
DETROIT — Former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and current Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. director A. Barry McGuire died Saturday, April 14 at the age of 78 in Tucson, Ariz.
McGuire served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan board of directors from April 1990 to September 2005, representing the Large Group – Management segment. When the State of Michigan sold Accident Fund to the Blues in 1994, he became one of the company’s founding board members and was still actively serving as a director at the time of his death. McGuire was born in East Tawas and lived year-round in Michigan until his retirement. He maintained a summer residence in his home town. He was executive director of the East Michigan Tourism Council prior to accepting a position in Lansing as executive director for the Michigan Association of Counties. In 1985, McGuire began his work as executive vice president of the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association, a position he retired from in 2001. During his time in Lansing, he was known for his outgoing personality and powerful advocacy on behalf of the organizations he represented.
“I have had the utmost respect for Barry since the first time I met him. Barry was a person you couldn’t help but be friends with,” said BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp. “He could win you over with a smile, but when the situation called for it, Barry fought for Michigan’s auto dealers in both Lansing and Washington, D.C. He brought those same attributes to his service as a director at both Blue Cross and the Accident Fund. Barry had the ability to focus on what matters most, build consensus around it and get things done. I am grateful for having known him as a colleague and friend for more than 20 years. We feel a deep sense of loss at the news of his passing and our condolences go to Barry’s family.”
“Barry McGuire was one of Accident Fund’s biggest supporters and proponents, tirelessly advocating throughout the community,” said AFHI President and CEO Elizabeth R. Haar. “He cared very deeply about the company, but even more deeply about our employees. For me personally, Barry has been a great mentor with creative ideas. I always value his input, but more importantly, value how much he cares about the people that are part of our team. His presence on our board will be sorely missed.”
McGuire is survived by his wife, Holly, son Tim, daughter Molly Prichard (Patrick) and six grandchildren.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to 4.4 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.
Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.
Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. is a workers compensation insurance holding company conducting business through four operating units: Accident Fund Companies, located in Lansing, Michigan; United Heartland, located in New Berlin, Wisconsin; CompWest, located in San Francisco, California; and Third Coast Underwriters, located in Chicago, Illinois. Its insurance company subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Accident Fund Holdings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information, visit Accident Fund Holdings’ website at www.afhi.com.