Greg Downes

Chairman Emeritus


Greg Downes

Professional Experience

Greg is Chairman Emeritus at Gibson. After teaching school for three years in South Bend, Greg joined Travelers Insurance Company in 1973, where he received extensive training as an underwriter in all phases of property and liability insurance. He was assistant manager of the commercial lines department in South Bend, and subsequently joined Gibson in 1980. He worked as President and Chief Executive Officer for many years before becoming Chairman of the Board. He is now Chairman Emeritus. Greg served on the Gibson Board of Directors until 2023.


  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
  • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
  • Associate in Fidelity and Surety Bonding (AFSB)
  • Associate in Insurance Services (AIS)

Community Involvement

  • Past Chair and Board Member of United Way of St. Joseph County
  • Campaign Chair of 2010-12 United Way Drives
  • Former Board Member of YWCA of North Central Indiana
  • Former Member of the South Bend Redevelopment Commission
  • Member of Century Center Board of Managers
  • Former Board Member of The Music Village
  • Former Advisory Board Member for the School of Business and Economics at IUSB
  • Past Chair and former Board Member of Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County
  • Former Vice-Chair and Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County
  • Former Board Member of Downtown South Bend, Inc.
  • Former Member of the Plymouth Plan Commission
  • Former Director of the American Lung Association
  • Former Board Member of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Board Member of Plymouth Economic Development Corporation
  • Former Board Member of Marshall County Community Foundation
  • Past President and Board Member of Plymouth Country Club
  • Former Friends of the Snite Museum

Specialty Areas

  • Property & Casualty
  • Risk Management
  • Executive Leadership


  • University of Notre Dame | Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing