Today FIP Honorary President Glen Holden celebrates his 85th birthday.

Glen, who grew up on a ranch near Portland/Oregon, looks back to a long and successful career in the life insurance industry. He was President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of THE HOLDEN GROUP that included numerous subsidiaries all over the United States. At the request of President George Bush, Glen served as the United States Ambassador to Jamaica (1989-1993).

All his life Glen was a keen polo player and big supporter of the sport. His GEHACHE Polo Team has played for 25 straight years in the Pacific Coast Open and many times in the US Open, winning the Championship in 1993. Glen is a long-time trustee of the Santa Barbara Polo Club and was Governor of the US Polo Association for ten years. He is a founder of the Federation of International Polo (FIP) where he served as President from 1997-2005. In his term of office, FIP gained the outright recognition of the International Olympic Committe (IOC) to be the worldwide governing body for the sport of polo. For his outstanding merits Glen was included into the Polo Hall of Fame.

Ambassador Holden, best wishes and many happy returns of the day!