Agency owner, marketing rep, product manager at an insurance agency software company, AnMarie Bozick, CIC, has seen many sides of the insurance industry.
Like many people, she did not plan for it. AnMarie took a clerical position at an insurance agency, which was supposed to be a temporary job. Before she knew it, she was opening her own insurance agency.
What AnMarie likes about the industry is how it makes the world go around. 'Think about it. How many banks would be willing to give out car loans or mortgages if their collateral wasn't insured?'
I talked with AnMarie about her experience in the industry and more. This is the way AnMarie works.
Comparative rating product manager. Or, a better way to explain it... It's my job to collaborate and brainstorm with many of the best agencies in our industry and develop better ways to do things.
One word that describes how you like to work.
Progressive (no pun intended).
Current mobile device:
Home PC is a Dell Inspiron, dual-core Intel i3 processor with 8GB RAM. Nothing fancy, but enough to get the job done.
My tablet is a Surface Pro 3.
Project(s) you're currently working on:
Finalizing the specifications of 48, scratch that, 49 new features for an upcoming TurboRater release.
Accomplishments you're proud of:
- I married my best friend.
- We raised a beautiful and intelligent daughter who is very strong in her faith.
- I convinced my favorite nephew to move to Texas so he'd be close by.
- Lastly, I started four insurance offices completely from scratch, and 10 years later sold them for a huge profit.
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
- Add three to five new carriers onto our consumer facing buy now platform so agents can effectively compete in the online space.
- Push out six new feature-packed releases in TurboRater.
- Continue expanding my skills in software development, particularly C#, ASP.NET HTML, CSS, and SQL.
What technology, apps or tools can't you live without?
Describe your workspace.
L-shaped desk with three monitors. While I thought three were enough when I started at ITC eight years ago, I have come to realize I really would prefer six (hoping my boss reads this).
How do you manage your to-do list?
How do you celebrate finishing a big project?
Sit back and admire it for a bit, then on to the next one.
What's your best time-saving tip or hack?
If you have a dilemma or problem and just can't seem to come up with a solution, put it down, step away, move onto other things and revisit it another time. The fresh perspective is usually all that's needed to develop a solution.
What is your best everyday habit?
On September 30th, 2001, my husband's guard unit was activated and deployed to Kuwait to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom. Every day since that day, I remind him to be safe.
What do you listen to while working?
Dead silence. I work next to several software developers, they really like it quiet.
What are you currently reading?
Object-Oriented Thought Process by Matt Weisfeld
How do you decompress?
Gardening. Currently I am growing corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, beats, squash, jalapenos, blackberries, raspberries, banana peppers, onions, sunflowers, lavender and a wide assortment of herbs. Also in the backyard I have peach, pear, and nectarine trees.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My husband tells the dogs to jump up on the bed and wake me up.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I carpool to the office with my best friend, spend more time than I'd like on answering emails, attend at least one meeting, I eat lunch at my desk as it is the best time for creative thinking as most everyone else leaves the office for lunch, work on pending projects and then head home.
Who are your business idols and why?
I am a big fan of Andy Jordan at GAINSCO Insurance. Andy always has his finger on the pulse of the industry. He never pulls any punches, tells it like he sees it, and his staff has a great deal of respect for him.
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Shortly after my daughter started attending high school, I mentioned to a good friend of mine how expensive her clothes were. She told me instead of taking her shopping, I should give her a clothing allowance. That following semester with her clothing allowance in hand, my daughter went to the mall to check out the latest styles and then headed over to Goodwill to buy them. She came home with numerous new outfits and cash left in her pocket. She quickly admitted 'Mom, it didn't matter to me when it was your money, but when I realized it was mine, it was a whole different story.' Fast forward to today, my daughter recently graduated college completely debt free and with money in savings.
What's your favorite blog or resource?
Harvard Business Review
What would you be doing if you weren't working at ITC?
Director of marketing for an insurance carrier
What is your motto or personal mantra?
He never said it would be easy. He just said it would be worth it.
Who would you like to see in a future This is the Way post?
Outside ITC, Tonya Pierron, production manager of ABC Insurance Agencies, and Catherine M. Zielaskiewicz, account manager/analyst at Progressive.
At ITC Peter Hyde and Misty Hoskins.
The This is the Way blog series asks ITC employees, agents, carriers and other people in the industry how they work and to share their tips. Is there someone you want to see featured or questions we should ask? Tweet us or leave it in the comments below.
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