How SUNDiego began…

I always had this dream growing up (especially coming from a fairly successful family environment and with the right kind of upbringing that most would dream of) that I was going to be something big. Huge actually. 🙂 I was competitive and excelled at most things. There were times when I thought I could possibly become like Steve Prefontaine since I competed at a young age in Oregon, home of PRE, and running eventually led me to D2 college level – I conceded after a year. 🙂 I also had the ability to sing and perform for many years and still do with my wife…trying out for “American Idol” was fun but always made me think it was possible to take the entertainment to the next level as well, which I soon realized was akin to going pro in the NBA. On the career side I always had this lofty goal of becoming a courtroom attorney, but when I worked for one of my soon-to-be great friends in life for a few months in college I quickly realized that sitting in front of a desk all day researching cases and charting out billable hours just wasn’t my cup of tea either. So, what would I do? Had I just run myself thin with too many interests? As college days came to a close I just couldn’t pinpoint my mission in life should I choose to accept. I like to think of myself as diverse but not necessarily focused on one thing, which can be deadly. There’s a reason pro athletes hyper-focus on 1 sport and maximize the potential. I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of things in my short 38 years. It’s been quite the ride. But at the heart of trying to ascertain my mission in life I fell on insurance. Insurance! Quite riveting, right? A field I know that everyone dreams of being involved in at some level…and certainly on the career aspirations list! In fact I find it funny that every year I get involved with education at some level either through “Junior Achievement” or helping with “career day” at schools. I’m the one that comes in and the students look at me with this desperation to get outside of the classroom. I always start by asking the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. None of them picked “insurance agent”…that is until I decided to make it exciting. To tell the stories. To open up this world that no one really understands but yet I see on a daily basis. And that’s when I received a bunch of letters from kids who wanted to ecome agents and I figured it out…on a grander level I gotta spread the wealth. 🙂 Just before tge summer between my junior and senior year in college my parents told me I couldn’t come home to Oregon anymore and that I needed to find a job before I graduated. Walking through the halls at Seattle Pacific University in April or May I was down to the wire…I spotted a job posting for an internship position with the biggest company in the United States. I thought back on my childhood and remember that my parents used this company for their needs and protection. The insurance agents seemed very genuine, family-driven, and successful. I remember one in particular who attended the same church as us. I figured I might actually be cut out for it and over the course of one summer began the journey of my life and what lied ahead. From intern to auto claims adjuster in two different states to internal consultant specializing in marketing and technology to landing an agency in the “Mission Hills” area of San Diego I’ve seen quite a bit over the years. And this blog is my way of opening up this crazy chaotic mess and beauty in what I do. My team of 4 love to serve in the community, but I figured there must be a better way to convey our message and ultimately my heart for people. I’ve always dreamed of starting a blog because on a daily basis you just can’t make some of this stuff up. Enjoy the world of SUNDiego and my transparency in what we do day in and day out…and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.