This is a profile we can’t wait to share with you. This is how Tracy Cotton works.
Farm to Fork Insurance Agent
One word that describes how you like to work:
Current mobile device:
Dell laptop at the moment (working from home)
Project(s) you’re currently working on:
Farm insurance podcast
Accomplishments you’re proud of:
2006 NC CSR of the Year, 2019 Main Street Champion – Marion NC
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
Grow my book of farms, food and beverage makers
What are your biggest professional challenges?
Farm insurance carriers that are not understanding the needs of the current agribusiness climate to include agritourism exposures
What do you like most about your job?
Being the connector in my niche to help get my clients and prospects the resources they need to be successful
Aside from your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?
It’s not a gadget – its old school – The Passion Planner.
Describe your workspace:
At home and work, I brighten my space with farm theme items plus photos of friends and adventures.
What’s your best time-saving tip or hack?
Time blocking and using an actual timer (I love trying to “beat the clock”)
What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?
I make a to-do list for the day. Recently have been trying to change this habit. I want to start making a list at the end of the day for next.
What do you listen to while working?
Usually, silence, but now that I am home, I am trying ambient noise.
What are you currently reading?
Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt – my friend Jared Bellmund loaned it to me, and I am determined to give it back to him when we can meet for coffee again.
Favorite social network?
Twitter – more specifically #AgTwitter
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, espresso, latte, did I mention java?
Night owl or morning person?
What are you watching on Netflix right now?
I am not. I have watched Frozen 2, and that is it. I don’t enjoy watching TV alone.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Since COVID19 - Up at five, including taking care of my two dogs and morning necessities, workout by 6, breakfast, shower, work from 8:30 – 5, then walk around neighborhood, dinner, writing, or Zoom meeting for church or Facetime with friends. Prior the same except two hours of commuting and more after-work meetings and less virtual.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My first boss in insurance, Mark Wallenhorst, told me if I stayed in insurance there was nothing I couldn’t do.
If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be?
I would love to be Emily Huling because she teaches insurance, consults with agencies, and writes some of my favorite things.
Who would you like to see in a future This is the Way post?
Kelley Herrin of Jack Bradley Insurance in Cornelia, GA.