Commercial Risk Manager and Shareholder
Swingle Collins & Associates, Dallas
9 years in the industry
How did you get into the insurance industry?
I knew I wanted to be in sales, but was selling a commodity that was either a luxury or the first line item cut in the budget when there was a downturn in the economy. It was important to me to have the ability to build a relationship with my customers and sell something I could stand behind year after year.
My husband (then boyfriend) introduced me to Chris Peterie (president at Swingle Collins), who is probably the biggest advocate for the insurance industry. Chris, along with the entire staff of Swingle Collins, proceeded to tell me every single benefit of the industry and how much each of them loved what they did. It was so impactful to see how enthusiastic every person I spoke to was about the industry.
What do you like most about your job?
There are three things I love most about my job. First, I love the fact that I look forward to getting up and coming to work each and every day. Second, I love that I have the ability to work in an industry that is not only necessary to all business, but critical to their longevity and stability. And, finally, I love and appreciate that my agency is not only supportive but encouraging of my position as a working mom with three young kids.
What is the most challenging part of working in the insurance industry?
The insurance environment is always changing and you must be a student of insurance in order to stay on top of the changes and stay relevant.
What is something about the insurance industry most people don’t know?
There is a place for EVERYONE in the insurance industry, whether your specialty is marketing, accounting, event planning, sales, support, etc.
What would you tell young people who are considering insurance as a career choice?
Get in as fast as you can!
Bonus Question: If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
“Let it Go” from Frozen. I’ve watched it no less than 5,842 times.