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Jim Hays,
Board of Directors Member

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is governed by a team of industry leading professionals whose talents and experiences drive ASF's policies, objectives and overall direction to support the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Jim Hays

Jim Hays is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hays Companies. Since 1994, he has guided Hays Companies as the Minneapolis-based insurance broker into a nationwide leader in risk management, property and casualty, employee benefits and personal lines insurance. In 2018, Hays Sold Hays Companies to Brown and Brown (BRO) a publicly traded Insurance Broker where he remains as Vice Chairman.

On top of his Brown and Brown responsibilities, Hays maintains ownership in many other businesses including Banking, Energy, Home Health Care, Metals, Fantasy Sports, Collectibles, Insurance Companies, and Real Estate to name a few.

Jim has more than 35 years of experience. Prior to forming Hays, he was a senior executive officer at Rollins Burdick Hunter and later Aon. He earned his Bachelor's Degree and a Finance MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.


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