Independent agent Kingston Hall's role model is "my mom," she says. "She's taught me the value of relationships and being authentic."
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I'm the fifth-generation insurance geek in my family. It all started with my great-great grandfather in Michigan in the early 1900s. My great-grandfather worked at his agency as well, as did my grandfather before moving to Alabama and working at a different agency for 44 years. My mother is the vice president at Marsh McLennan Agency Southeast Region, and my uncle, Bill Jacka Jr., is the executive vice president at the Alabama Independent Insurance Agents. So you could say it runs in my blood.
My grandfather, Bill Jacka Sr., had the opportunity in the 1970s to create and write the athletic insurance program for the University of Alabama. He worked very closely with Coach Paul “Bear" Bryant, who recommended him to all the other Southeastern Conference schools and major universities. He always has sports memorabilia and signed letters from coaches all throughout his house. I always thought that was pretty cool. He taught me that you don't pick the specialty, the specialty picks you.
I built so many relationships through Gamma Iota Sigma, both while in college and after college. I was fortunate to attend the GIS conventions, where I've met and built long-lasting relationships with my peers.
My mom. She's taught me the value of relationships and being authentic. She taught my sister and me to value everyone and make them feel welcome, no matter what their occupation is. She also taught me to work hard and be passionate about all the goals I've set, and if I fail to try again and never give up.
AnneMarie McPherson is IA news editor.