When ITC enters a new state market with our comparative rating system, it takes work to get agents and carriers to know ITC and our commitment to helping our customers succeed. It is a challenge, and challenges like increasing brand awareness are what Don Hobdy Jr. loves about his job.
Whether in the entertainment industry, as an independent insurance agent or now as ITC's vice president of sales, Don Hobdy Jr. thrives in the development of ideas and solutions for various challenges. This love of challenges is what drew him to ITC.
Before as an agent, Don was helping one agency succeed. Now he gets to help many agencies succeed. I spoke with Don about how he manages the challenges he faces every day. This is the way Don works.
One word that describes how you like to work: Consistency
Current mobile device: LG G4
Current computer: Lenovo Yoga (work) MacBook (personal)
Project(s) you're currently working on: I'm currently consulting multiple organizations to adjust workflows for their customer facing employees.
Accomplishments you're proud of: Increasing ITC's brand recognition (One member of my sales team has hit goal every month but one so far this year)
What are your goals for the next 12 months: Increase ITC's brand recognition
Aside from your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without and why?
What technology, apps or tools can't you live without?
Describe your workspace.
How do you manage your to-do list?
I use One Note
What do you do when you finish a project?
Continue on to the next one currently in motion
What's your best time-saving tip or hack?
Take time to prepare
What is your best everyday habit?
I take 30 minutes every day to focus on what I'm trying to accomplish for the day, this means no calls and no emails
What do you listen to while working?
Usually nothing, I'm on the phone or listening to a call
What are you currently reading?
Dirty Little Secrets by Sharon Drew Morgen and Customers for Life by Carl Sewel
How do you decompress?
What's your sleep routine like?
In by 12 out by 5
Who are your business idols and why?
I don't have any idols per se, but there are people I respect and others I admire. Warren Buffett- Humble, intelligent, & consistent. He examined the people and not just the numbers. Dr. Donald O. Clifton, the father of strength-based psychology.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Accept responsibility for every error and share credit for every success.
What would you be doing if you weren't vice president of sales at ITC?
Running a large insurance agency or working in the film or television industry.
Who would you like to see in a future How I Work post?
George Robertson. Andy Jordan from Gainsco.
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About the Author
As senior vice president of sales and marketing, Becky Schroeder oversees ITC’s sales and marketing departments. Her specialties include creating and documenting processes; establishing metrics for managing those processes; developing content strategy and generating leads; and driving the overall company sales and marketing strategy. Becky was named an Elite Woman in Insurance by Insurance Business America in 2016. She has a master’s degree in integrated marketing communication from Emerson College in Boston and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University. Becky is a big Texas A&M football fan and enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and their three daughters.Follow on Twitter More Content by Becky Schroeder