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The Standard’s Carl Holland Selected as one of the 2023 “30 Black Stars” Corporate Achievers

November 3, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. — Carl Holland, second vice president of Client Management in Employee Benefits Sales, has been honored as one of the recipients of the 2023 “30 Black Stars” Award. Carl joins an esteemed list of trailblazing individuals who have demonstrated success in their careers, standing out for their achievements, impact and contributions within the corporate landscape.

“I want to congratulate Carl on this outstanding and well-deserved recognition,” said Rick Johnstone, vice president of Employe Benefit Sales. “All of us at The Standard are grateful for the way he exemplifies our company values and helps fulfill our purpose of helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind.”

Selected from an impressive pool of over 700 national nominees, the 30 Black Stars represent a distinctive group of exceptional leaders who are positively transforming the face of leadership. From visionary C-suite executives to rising stars across various industries such as tech, insurance, finance, healthcare and law, the nominees are paving the way for future generations. To see the full list of honorees, please click here.

The 2023 honorees will be celebrated at an awards ceremony during the Black Stars Summit, an immersive two-day event aimed at empowering and equipping black and diverse professionals for further career success. The Summit, which takes place in New York City Nov. 2 – 3, will bring together corporate executives, industry leaders and experts to share knowledge, insights and opportunities. 

About The Standard

The Standard is a family of businesses dedicated to helping our customers achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. In business since 1906, we are a leading provider of financial products and services for groups and individuals. Our products include group and individual disability insurance, group life, dental and vision insurance, voluntary (employee-paid) benefits, absence management services, and retirement plans and annuities for employers and individuals. For more information about The Standard, visit or follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

About Black Stars

Black Stars is a platform dedicated to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for Black professionals in a rapidly evolving workforce. Our mission is to empower and equip these dynamic individuals with the necessary insights, tools and support to achieve unparalleled success while proudly amplifying the exceptional achievements, impact and contributions of industry leaders and trailblazers. Through our flagship annual summit and awards, we are navigating the changing tides of the corporate world, championing diversity and creating pathways for Black professionals to excel. To learn more, please visit


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