Parker Beauchamp of INGUARD is a fifth-generation insurance professional. While his friends were dreaming about becoming professional athletes or famous actors, Parker dreamed of insuring them.
Today, Parker boasts a pretty wild portfolio of clients and partners all over the world.
An enthusiast for all things alpine climbing, Parker had a revelation in 2012 during a climbing excursion in Peru while battling a virus. He realized nobody was coming for him. Just like his life, he had to chase after everything he ever wanted, personally and professionally, because nothing is going to come to him.
Parker’s favorite thing about the insurance industry is the people. “My co-workers, INGUARD’s partners, insurtechs we work with, carriers we’ve done business with for more than a century and a half: the people I get to work with make this job fulfilling.”
This is the way Parker Beauchamp works.
Wabash, Indiana. Or on top of a mountain somewhere. Depends when you publish this.
CEO of INGUARD
One word that describes how you like to work.
Current mobile device:
Project(s) you’re currently working on:
We recently launched our Insurtech Fellowship in our co-working space. Really pumped about it.
Accomplishments you’re proud of:
My hometown is having a resurgence: culturally, economically, and psychologically. We were hit hard during the recession. I’ve worked extremely hard since then, alongside other community members, to make Wabash more livable and attractive to young people. And, that work is starting to pay off.
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
Personally – climb every historic building in Indiana.
Professionally – ramp up our partnership efforts.
What are your biggest professional challenges?
Remembering my pace and passions are not necessarily always equal to others.
What do you like most about your job?
The people I work with.
Aside from your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?
My Suunto smartwatch. It helps keeps me alive and comfortable climbing and training.
What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but have yet to use?
Netflix App. I’d rather watch BoJack Horseman on my TV at home.
Describe your workspace.
How do you manage your to-do list?
I abide by inbox-zero and keep my desktop clean. I force myself to tackle my to-do list efficiently so I can keep moving forward.
What’s your best time-saving tip or hack?
Unplug. I save at least three hours a day by disconnecting and being present.
What’s the first thing you do when you get in the office?
I say hi to our account managers and then dive into the biggest project I’m working on while the coffee is still running through me.
What is your best everyday habit?
Exercise and meditation.
What do you listen to while working?
EDM and Hip-Hop mostly. I’m on a Childish Gambino kick right now.
What’s your favorite blog and/or podcast?
Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Favorite social network?
Night owl or morning person?
What are you watching on Netflix right now?
How do you decompress?
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
What does a typical day look like for you?
Bananas, but ripe ones. We keep it cool.
Who are your business idols and why?
Andrew Carnegie, because he was a visionary who delivered against all odds.
Elon Musk, because he’s a visionary who delivers against all odds.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You’re not that big of a deal.
If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be?
Reinhold Messner, in his prime.
Who would you like to see in a future This is the Way post?
About the Author
As vice president of marketing, Becky Schroeder oversees ITC’s growth through marketing and drives the overall marketing strategy for the company and its products. Her specialties include advertising, social media, email marketing, content marketing and public relations. Becky 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