We're a brokerage company run by brokers.
My current role
I currently serve as Area President of our New Orleans office and a few satellite offices, while also serving as the Managing Director for the company's Marine Practice.
How I got started
I had just graduated college and took a job with a local insurance agency in my hometown, which I thought was just going to be a temporary stopover because I intended to go to law school. Well, within a year, the insurance agency was acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. This was quite a departure from our local agency and I was quite impressed by all the resources, growth potential, and commitment and investment Gallagher showed to their employees. So much so, that I forgot about law school and accepted the company's offer to go to London to train for six weeks. And here it is, 14 years later, and I couldn't be more blessed or happier with my decision.
Who succeeds here
You have to be a self-starter. We are not a company of micro-managers. To succeed here, you have to be a go-getter who not only knows what you want, but has the drive to go after it.
What gets me going every day
It has to be the unknown and unexpected. I'm a very methodical person. I get up at the exact same time every morning and have the same morning routine that includes doing my best to pre-plan and script each workday. Well, wouldn't you know it, there hasn't been a single day yet where I have been able to stick to that script. It's never dull here. Never boring. I get to work in this innovative and entrepreneurial environment that allows me to keep growing and expanding the enterprise and my practice. In fact, one of the first marine accounts I ever wrote is now one of the largest vessel operators in the world today.
Why I've stayed for so long
It's because we're a brokerage company run by brokers. Pat Gallagher, our President and CEO, understands my job. And I'm not talking about Area President or Practice Managing Director. I'm talking about being a producer out on the streets driving revenue for the company every day. He understands it because he has done it. Not many companies can say that most of upper management has risen through the ranks. That means they get it. And because they get it, they know exactly what everyone needs to do their jobs and be successful and they make sure we have it. Oh, and that bonus check I got last week may have something to do with it as well.