Donald J. Hurzeler, CPCU, CLU is a retired executive with Zurich North America and was the 2004-2005 president of the CPCU Society. His insurance career started with Allstate Insurance as a rater/customer service representative in Santa Ana, California. He left Allstate 27 years later as an appointed officer of the company.
Don loved the insurance business. It treated him very well. He served as CEO of a middle market commercial lines company, president of an insurance brokerage, president of a company charitable foundation, chief underwriting officer and chief marketing officer and has served as a director on numerous company boards. He retired from corporate life in 2008.
Don’s career and life have also shown him that not all progress arrives in the form of a straight line to success. Don has dealt with several setbacks and sidetracks along the way. He also dealt with two significant rounds of cancer. Through it all, Don continually describes himself as “One of life’s happy campers.”
An NCAA Division II All-American for track and field and member of the Chapman University Athletic Hall of Fame, Don has progressed from being an excellent sprinter and hurdler in his youth to a self described “painful to watch” marathoner in his more mature years. He is a lifelong surfer, snorkeler and a dedicated risk taker.
Don and Linda Hurzeler have been married since 1969. They have two kids and four grand kids.
Don has written three books, was a newspaper and magazine columnist and a corporate speechwriter. Together, Linda and Don joined with their two gallery partners, C.J. Kale and Nick Selway, to produce a coffee table book of Hawaiian images. That book, and three others, were published by Kua Bay Publishing, which Don owns. Don uses the resources of Kua Bay Publishing to help new authors get their first books completed and into the marketplace.
Don and Linda live in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He and Linda have visited over 80 countries, every state in the USA and places on the Big Island that you could not find with a map and a GPS. With all of that, Don finds time to get in the ocean almost every day and to grab a nap every afternoon…”Because I can.” He professes to be really good at being retired and plans to continue on his current path of fun and exploration until he completely geezers up.