James Speed, Jr., did so well as a CPA that he retired at age 46. He had to be coaxed back to work in 2003 as CEO and president of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Speed has plans to take the company to new levels. He wants the company to become one of the nation's top 150 insurance companies in terms of gross premiums. In three years the company has moved from $70 million to $140 million annually.