Mr. Elston Strong ’80
Agent, State Farm
Elston M. Strong has served on the Business Advisory Council since 2018, the same year he received the SAU Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a 1980 graduate of Southern Arkansas University earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Sociology. His post-graduate studies include certificates from Insurance Specialty Training of Arkansas, and he is a licensed insurance producer for the state of Arkansas.
Elston has worked for State Farm Insurance Company since 1981, first as a personal lines underwriter, and then as an agent when he was appointed an agent in Little Rock, Arkansas in February of 1986. He currently owns his own State Farm agency in Little Rock, where he has been recognized as a Select Agent, Honor Agent, and Legion of Honor recipient by State Farm. He is a long-term member of the Agents Training Seminar for new agents. He has also received the National Quality Award presented by Life Insurance Marketing & Research Association and National Association of Life Underwriters.
His public service includes mentoring in local school districts and colleges, serving on the Board of Directors for the State Farm Political Action Committee, Inc, and being President of TCZ Management, LLC, a local property management company. Elston is also active in his church, Hunter United Methodist, where he served for 6 years on the Youth Intervention & Prevention Board and 8 years as Chairman of the Administrative Council.
Elston lives in Little Rock with his wife, Maybelline, and two sons Maurice and Simeund, along with a multitude of grandchildren.